Although the River Rhine has been subject to major clean-up operations for the past few decades, exposure to potentially dangerous bacteria remains one of the main risks of swimming in the Rhine. Those prepared to overlook this risk and take a dip can prevent other personal injuries by following a handful of simple, yet effective safety rules.
Jumping and diving
The water level of the Rhine can vary significantly. Jumping or diving into the water is therefore, never a good idea, as you could well hit the bottom and sustain injuries by hitting rocks or cutting yourself on glass. You should definitely never dive into the Rhine head first. Jumping off bridges is also a huge no-no – people attempting this have been known to sustain serious neck, head or back injuries, occasionally with fatal outcomes.
Rhine water can be extremely cold. Check the temperature before getting into the water and, once you are swimming, get out as soon as you begin to feel cold.
Other safety precautions when swimming in this river include:
- Watching out for boats
- Keeping away from pillars and supports when passing under bridges, as strong, unpredictable currents and eddies could put you at risk of accidental injuries or drowning
- Never swimming after dark or at dusk
- Never swimming after consuming alcohol
- Planning your swim and knowing where you can safely get in and out of the water
- Ladders and ramps enabling you to get out of the water are available in abundance, so take a walk and find out where they are before getting in to swim.
Wet river banks and ramps covered in algae represent a real risk of injuries by slipping. Prevent slips, trips and falls by being mindful of this and watching your step at all times.
Swimming in the River Rhine
All said and done, swimming in this river is as safe as it is to swim anywhere else, as long as you are aware of the potential risks and adhere to general safe swimming rules.
Your right to claim
Should the mistake, negligence or bad behaviour of another person cause you to sustain an injury by swimming in the Rhine; slipping, falling or tripping, you may be eligible to make a public liability claim.
Learn more about claiming for slip and trip or other personal injury compensation by having a confidential, no-obligation chat with one of Accident Advice Helpline’s many helpful and sympathetic advisors. Call today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500.