Sunday, April 01, 2012

New Federal Rules for Beach Swimmers

New rules - some say controversial - are scheduled to go into effect this Memorial Day for beach-goers around the country just in time for summer.

Due to the sometimes violent, always unpredictable nature of the oceans that surround nearly three-fourth's of our nation's landmass, all swimmers venturing past ankle depth in any ocean, bay or estuary on the continental United States will be required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

This is as much a cost-saving measure as a life-saving measure. Cities around the country, strapped for cash are cutting back on their life-guard expenses and they've appealed to the federal government for help. The matter was taken into consideration last year, and after an extended study and comment period, passed the law with little fan fair. As it matches well with the Government's sense that people want to take personal responsibility for their safety, an enforced life-jacket rule will allow both cities and beach-goers to still enjoy the beach safely and keep their taxes low.

Unsurprisingly not everyone is thrilled with the idea and the concerns go beyond tan lines. Hawaii and Puerto Rico have asked for and been granted waivers as a large portion of their beach goers are from other countries and they fear the law would encourage travelers to seek other destinations. Florida and California also requested waivers but were not granted same.

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Like last April 1st, I'm getting comments (spam?) that imply belief in the subject above. Just to set the record straight, for anyone thinking this is a legitimate post, it is not (neither was last year's post). This too was an April Fools joke. Note the wink at the end of the original posts.


  1. Thanks for sharing this type of swimming rules. After a long time I received it and find its very useful for us.

  2. How's your swimming progress lately? :)
    I've been swimming ah hour everyday. Is that too much? I feel I actually have less energy. Am I over-exercising? Also, what's your preferred pool temperature? Thanks.

  3. AnonymousJune 26, 2012

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  4. GRRR, I knew this post was a little old but your headline HAD to make me find out more. The more I read it, the more I was upset. It didn't make sense because no one had told me about this even after I was out in the open waters. My whole heart dropped after reading your last line. You sneaky splash dog you!

  5. It is hard for me to swim everyday, just because there is no much time for it , I swim for twice every week,and once for about 1 hour, feel great,


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