Great Barrier Reef swim rules

This item appears on page 4 of the April 2018 issue.

Australian authorities have issued new rules for swimmers visiting the Great Barrier Reef on a tour. Anyone whom tour guides determine is an “at-risk” swimmer will now be forced to wear a life vest while in the water. In addition, some swimmers will be required to be paired with partners.

In 2016, 10 people drowned at the reef, including four tourists.