Since the 1950s, it has been illegal to swim in Boston’s Charles River. Even if it was being permitted, majority would not want to swim in what was described to be “an open sewer”. The Charles River during that period was a combination of the nastiest things ever. It ranged from road dirt and salt, garbage, dog poop to other wonderful enhancements running in off the street.

However, in the past few decades, more efforts were made to clean up the river. Through those efforts, the water quality has been vast improvements. In fact, the improvements made were so successful that the Charles River Conservancy and the Charles River Swimming Club co-hosted the first ever public swim in the river in around fifty years just over the weekends. Since 2007, the river was already opened to competitive swimmers. Once it was opened to the public over the weekend, dozens of Bostonians partook in jumping off a dock and into the river.

According to the Boston Globe, the water in Charles River was pretty alright. One report stated to be warm, while another mentioned that it felt great. There was one woman though who looked down and shouted what was unmistakable for the people standing above. “It’s orange. We look orange,” she exclaimed as she looked down towards her body in the water, which faded to black somewhere around the thigh area. Yet, another man on the dock claimed that the water was more like beef broth. As for Renata von Tscharner, the head of the Charles River Conservancy, she preferred to describe the river as tea compared to beef broth.

Perhaps the most important factor of all these is that the Charles River is safe as long as swimmers did not touch the bottom of the river. In order to get into the river, swimmers are required to jump off the dock. This was actually a requirement and not simply a more fun way of getting into the water. As of now, the bottom part of the river is still filled with unknown and mysterious things. Hence, it would not be a wise idea to get your feet anywhere near there. For more of the story, you can read it over here.

In Singapore, all of our public swimming complex are definitely safe for swimming. One does not have to worry about it being dirty or whatsoever as it is being clean on a regular basis. The only thing one has to be concern about is taking up swimming lessons with the right instructor. At Happy Fish Swim School, all of our instructors are certified, so you won’t have to worry about not getting quality classes from us.