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    No, Really: Sink Or Swim

    | Melbourne, Australia |

    (I’m manning the rope swing we have at the deep end of the pool. A guy in his mid- to late-30s comes up to me.)

    Guy: “Um, is this safe for me to have a go?”

    Me: “Sure, adults can use this. You’ve just got to be able to swim in deep water.”

    Guy: “Yes, yes. But it can hold my weight, right? It won’t break?”

    Me: “No, it’s safe. The water would break your fall anyway.”

    Guy: “Oh, okay.”

    (The guy grabs the rope, swings out and purposely lets go. However, instead of swimming, he begins sinking to the bottom with his hands weakly flapping as he tries unsuccessfully to pull himself up. I immediately dive in and pull him up. After I’ve gotten him out…)

    Guy: “You said it was safe!”

    Me: “You said you could swim!”