Most Americans probably can’t relate, but in Switzerland, city-goers are encouraged to swim in local rivers.
City swimming has been promoted in major Swiss cities like Berne, Zurich, Geneva and Basel. Since the 1980s, the Swiss government has made its rivers safe and accessible for swimmers by removing litter and pollutants.
The Rhine is a river that sweeps through Switzerland, and people are allowed to dive in all summer long every year. While you won’t expect to find lifeguards on most days, and it’s definitely recommended for experienced swimmers, it’s still quite the popular pastime.
Instead of using any particular technique, city swimmers just let the current take them wherever it wants to go. People place their belongings in brightly colored waterproof bags called Wickelfish that keep their clothing dry.
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