- Scott's Silly Answers Column - The Edge magazine, Feb 16, 2008
- Video segment - Edge TV Ep1 - Enjoy - Hope Channel
The argument in favour of swimming on Sabbath has gathered buoyancy in recent years but people can still be found rowing over the issue.
The 10 Swimandments are as follows:
- Thou canst enter water if the temperature is above 30oC but only up to thy ankles.
- Thou canst enter water if the temperature is above 35oC but only up to thy knees.
- Thou canst enter water if the temperature is above 40oC but only up to thy waist.
- Thou canst enter water if the temperature is above 45oC but only up to thy neck.
- Thou can swim to save thyself if thou accidentally falleth into a lake, ocean, river or wall of water. However, thou shalt not fall in accidentally-on-purpose.
- Thou can swim to save a manservant or maidservant who falleth into a lake, ocean, river or wall of water but thou shalt not cause thy manservant or maidservant to fall in.
- Thou canst swim if thou art being baptised in five feet of water and art only four feet tall.
- Thou canst swim if thy snorkelling does not include intentions to catch and devour anything with a cloven fin.
- Thou shalt not throw objects, splash, race or chase when in the water.
- Thou shalt not squeal, laugh or smile while in water - Sabbath swimming is only ever for emergency or medicinal purposes.
Other passages found in the book of Nemo include prophecies of yellow submarines on rails, people selling rainwater in bottles and heaven having a huge outdoor pool with a 10-kilometre waterslide.
Fact: People who police Sabbath swimming rules are referred to as "lifesavers”.