Jan
01
2012
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Are there any good beaches in the UK?

Damming the stream at Portheras Cove Beach (photo by Roger Browne - CC-BYAfter a news report about UK beaches whose water quality failed to meet regulatory standards, I heard someone say that they didn’t know there were any good beaches in the United Kingdom. There certainly are some fabulous beaches, but you need to know where to look. If you choose a beach to visit at random, [more…]

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Aug
23
2010
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What is the United Kingdom’s “Blue Lagoon”?

blue-lagoon-pembrokeshire-walesThe name Blue Lagoon suggests a piece of paradise from the tropics, however there is also a Blue Lagoon in the United Kingdom. It’s near the town of Abereiddy in Wales. The lagoon is a former steep-sided slate quarry that was flooded after it was abandoned. Today it is connected to the ocean by a [more…]

Aug
21
2010
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What are some of the risks of tombstoning?

quarry-tombstoning“Tombstoning”, the practice of jumping from a height into water, is an enjoyable recreational activity. However, it is associated with a steady stream of rescues, injuries and deaths. If the risks are mitigated, jumping into water is a relatively low-risk activity. Many of the injuries and fatalities are caused by hitting rock instead of water. [more…]

Aug
18
2010
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What is tombstoning?

tombstoningTombstoning is a perjorative term coined by the media and the health’n’safety brigade to describe the practice of jumping off high places into water. Others might call it “jumping into the sea”. The media like the emotive term because it fits into compact headlines. A headline of “Tombstoning craze kills boy” works better for them [more…]

Feb
20
2010
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Is a "50M" watch waterproof to 50 meters?

Photo by lovstromp - CC-BYIf you just bought a watch rated “50M”, you would be forgiven for assuming that it is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters. So can you go diving with it? No way… Ratings such as 30M, 50M, 100M and 200M indicate watches that are in some way water resistant, but are unsuitable for scuba [more…]

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Mar
27
2009
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Can you swim through Durdle Door?

Durdle Door (photo by Mike McDaid - CC-BY)Durdle Door is a stunning rock formation near Lulworth Cove in Dorset. The sea has eroded a hole through a line of limestone, forming an arch. The beach at Durdle Door is popular for swimming and sunbathing, and the Door is tempting to swim. But can it be done? The archway forms a small opening [more…]

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