What Changed?

Back when I was a child, it was a common safety rule (and one strictly enforced) that we would never be allowed to go “swimming” for at least an hour after eating a meal.

That included  being at the beach and not even being able to wade in water up to your knees.   images

The rationale was that you could get stomach cramps, double over and drown.

Somewhere along the way, that rule fell by the wayside, yet I do not recall reading anywhere that kids have drowned from “stomach cramps.”

Does anyone else remember this rule or when it was done away with?

Do tell.


About Ray V.

Living in Aiken, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
This entry was posted in beach safety, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

13 Responses to What Changed?

  1. josiesvoice says:

    I still remember that rule—1 hour of not swimming after a meal. In my time, it was supposed to be due to one developing appendicitis if you don’t follow the rule.But the good part was that once you got your appendix removed, you don’t have to worry anymore about that rule. I knew someone’s child biking less than 1 hour after a meal most of the time and eventually contracted appendicitis for which it was removed.Accdg. to his parents, the doctor told them that it was because of that broken rule. I guess it means that Mother Nature wants us to give our digestive system time to do its work and if we aggravate it by moving around prematurely, then digestive imbalance can happen.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I remember the rule. It was done away with shortly after my mother stopped supervising our swimming outings.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. I remember the rule too! I think it was done away with after so many rule breakers proved it false. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Yes we had to adhere to that too. Perhaps it was just to give the parents a break from lifeguard duties.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. E. says:

    It was 30 minutes in California!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Yes I remember it well. We had a pool in our backyard and our parents strictly adhered to it. When it changed….I have no idea.


  7. Pam Skiles says:

    I remember the rule being 20 minutes in NJ back in the 1960’s. By the time of my children I still adhered to the 20 min. Rule but instead of cramps it was to prevent vomiting if food was not settled enough.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Rusmir Radic says:

    I have swam with food in my stomach, like right after eating…. and I got wet!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. The rule existed in UK too. Probably still does. We are a bit slow to change!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.