Don’t Drink and Dive


In 2014 more people drowned in Sweden than in any other year in the last decade. In fact, in the month of July, Swedish water-related accidents cost more lives than road traffic accidents. Most of the drowning victims were men and the majority had consumed alcohol.

Many authorities are working hard to reverse this trend. But we also need your help to spread the message and ensure we change our behaviour when drinking around water environments.

To show how alcohol affects our judgement and capabilities, we asked some of the world’s most sought after Synchronised Swimming Team, to perform their routine for us. Drunk. They were filmed for the short documentary Don’t Drink and Dive. Members of the three-time world champion Stockholm Men’s Synchronised Swimming Team are also representative of those most likely to drink and dive in Sweden – middle aged men.

The film was recorded from 19.03 on the night of March 28th – 29th, 2015 at a swimming pool in Uppsala, Sweden. In addition to the synchronised swimmers from Stockholm, the Swedish national swimming team doctor, René Tour, two lifeguards from the Swedish Life Saving Society and Certified rescue diver Linnea Persson also took part. No-one was injured during the filming.


Courtesy of Swedish insurance company Trygg-Hansa

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Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Swimming Association. Likes to run :-)

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