9 Places You Should Never Swim (Never Ever!)

How to Stay Safe While Traveling. No matter how well you can swim or dive, there are places you should definitely avoid and never visit while traveling to stay safe. Some have treacherous underwater rocks, flows, and tides, while others have gained notoriety for the legends of monsters and mysterious creatures dwelling in their depths. In this video, you'll learn all about the most dangerous and terrifying bodies of water you should never ever go swimming in.

The Strid 0:50
The River Wharfe in Yorkshire, England has an extremely narrow part called "the Strid", which is a local variation of "stride". The Wharfe itself has an extremely strong current, and due to the narrowness of the Strid, that current gets even stronger in this area. That same powerful current has also weakened the banks of the Strid and undercut them from below. People who were unlucky enough to fall into the Strid or ignorant enough to try and enter the water were instantly pulled to the bottom. Over the years, nobody who’s gotten into the river has ever made it out alive.

Kipu Falls 3:07
Kipu Falls, until they were closed to the public in 2011, were an extremely popular place for swimming and diving. Witnesses recount some swimmers peacefully bathing in the pool at the bottom of the falls that simply drowned without any obvious reason. They just all of a sudden disappeared under the surface never to be seen again. The locals believe that the water spirit Mo'o drags people down because it doesn't like to be disturbed by noisy tourists.

 

Hanakapiai Beach 6:26
Hanakapiai Beach looks deceptively like a paradise on Earth. The biggest danger that would most likely lead to your untimely demise is rip currents. They’re so powerful that even the most experienced swimmer in the world wouldn't be able to get out of their deadly embrace. And due to the geography of the area, if you get caught in a rip current, you won't be able to find a safe place to swim towards: the nearest safe beach is 6 miles away.
 
Exploding Lakes 8:29
There are 3 exploding lakes known to people so far. Lake Monoun and Lake Nyos in Cameroon and Lake Kivu in Rwanda. These lakes appeared over pools of magma separated by a dam of volcanic rock. From time to time, magma releases methane and carbon dioxide right into the water. In 1984, 37 people suffocated to death at Lake Monoun. And in 1986, an explosion on Lake Nyos killed 1,700 people and 3,500 livestock. 

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