Swimming in the waters in the district of forchheim: splashing around at the lake is so safe

Summer vacations are coming, but because of the corona crisis many families are spending their vacations at home. On hot days, therefore, not only the swimming pools in the district are a welcome refreshment oasis. The lakes also invite people to splash around.

Thus the baiersdorf swimming lake – officially called ausee and angersee – attracts many swimmers from near and far every year. On the western shore there are rough sunbathing areas. Nudists have a screened area at the northern end of the lake, and there is a small beach in the south of the lake. Parking is available at the nearby parking lot for two euros a day. Sounds like perfect summer fun.

Bathing at your own risk

But the angersee is not actually an official swimming spot. "Bathing is only tolerated, but at your own risk", says marco kunert from the public order department of the city of baiersdorf. For some time now, therefore, rough signs have been pointing out to guests that they swim at their own responsibility. "Bathing is not wanted", stresses the city employee. Strictly speaking the angersee is a surface water. And to forbid bathing in such is not so easy in bavaria.

Because angersee is not an official bathing area, the city does not have to take any safety precautions there, says kunert. So the lake is not supervised.

Although there are guards there, they are not bathing guards. The workers make sure that no open fires are lit at the lake and that no cars or dogs enter the recreation area. Camping is not allowed there in principle.

Things are different at dechsendorf pond. The bathing lake near erlangen has two rough and free lawns in the north and south of the lake, which offer enough space for bathers. There are also bathing hazards.

Lakes become more popular

Raimund schulik, deputy chairman of the district water watch, fears that dangerous situations will occur even more often on our local waters. Because of the corona requirements, access to the outdoor swimming pools is limited. Therefore, even more bathers will switch to the lakes. "It becomes more and more dangerous. The bright days are yet to come", he says. And therefore also more bathers.

Bathing is not always prohibited at many lakes, as is the case at baiersdorf's bathing lake. The situation is different at the canal on the sport island in forchheim. Although swimming is forbidden there, dangerous actions with swimmers occur again and again. "They are playing with their lives," says, says schulik.

This is also emphasized by ralf gugel, chairman of the DLRG local association forchheim. The canal, bridges and locks are off limits, warns gugel. Whether they are canals, rivers or lakes, the waters have one thing in common: they are unknown waters." And this is exactly what can quickly turn into a tucking hazard: unrat in the water, currents, temperature differences or suddenly sloping shores (see infobox below). Common causes of drowning are cardiovascular problems, such as heat stroke, or overmudding, says DLRG chairman.

The german life-saving society warns: dangers in lakes or ponds

Dangerous spots in lakes and ponds exist in the form of steeply sloping shores, water plants or debris. Gravel pits, whose banks can slide off, are also risky. Rocks, pilings, tree stumps, wall debris and debris below the water's surface pose a significant risk of injury.

Muddy bottoms and chest-deep water can be life-threatening, as attempts to break free can lead to further submersion. In the event of a mudslide, panic must be avoided and the victim must try to extricate himself from the mud by swimming vigorously using only his arms.

Aquatic plants in stagnant or slow-moving waters often contain long, ribbon-like waxes that grow just to the surface of the water. Panic and horror can overtake the unsuspecting when the waxes brush against the body.

Temperature shock mountain lakes, clay and gravel pits, but also natural swimming lakes have water layers of varying warmth. For the elderly, or those with heart or circulatory problems, these temperature fluctuations can quickly lead to heart or circulatory problems such as a heart attack. But even for healthy people, these temperature jumps pose not inconsiderable dangers.

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