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I am all for water safety. I was a lifeguard and a swim coach for years. That's not what this is. This is needless health and safety standards being made by a committee (who was likely chosen by a committee) trying to remove all fun in anybody in their jurisdiction's life*.
What ever happened to "swim at your own risk"? How about public swimming lessons, requiring some sort of certification (which I already think is a bad idea 2 seconds after typing it, due to ITS implied bureaucraZy) to swim in King County, WA rivers. I sailed for years, and understand WHY there are lifejacket laws (I refuse to say PFD) but there's a point that frivolous rules blanketly assigned to everybody really defeat the entire purpose of the activity in question.
Case in point, its not swimming if you have an inner tube around you.
Source -> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2006850/Swimmers-FINED-86-plunge-personal-floatation-device.html & http://kirkland.patch.com/articles/county-council-passes-law-requiring-flotation-devices-on-rivers
*They're definitely less malicious that I'm implying to make my point, but the legislation is ridiculous nonetheless