Neeve comes to the top of the hill to look at the sea and carries out a risk assessment


Neeve has followed the wandering path to the top of the hill to look at the sea. Not an unreasonable thing to do when you are out for a walk. What happens next though, is extremely distressing for her as a wind blows the flowers she has picked out of her hand and into the sea. Should she be paranoid and was the wind out to get Neeve? We will never know about the wind; who does? Ok I hear you say that meteorologists have a fairly good idea, but the point I am making here is that the wind has some level of unpredictability particularly at the top of hills where wind tends to be more delinquent than normal.

Neeve always carries out a detailed risk assessment before she decides to dive into the ocean to retrieve her flowers. First of all she evaluates the likelihood of harm coming to her or others from diving into the sea. Will she drown? Will she land on a rock knocking herself unconscious? Will she land on top of a fish knocking it unconscious? She weighs up all these things and considers the control measures she has in place to mitigate the risk. She knows she can swim as she has practiced with her dad in their swimming pool at home, can hold her breath under water and she could keep an eye out for rocks or unwary fish on her way down. So far so good.

But wait, how did she come to be wearing her swimsuit? A reasonable question as you saw her walking through the forest wearing her top and trousers. The answer is simple; she was wearing her swimsuit under her clothes as she lived near the sea and thought she may go for a dip at some point in her walk. I would like to inform you here that she limits this to walks near the ocean.  She does not wear a swimsuit to the mall, bowling alley or school, although, to be fair, sometimes she does try when her mum isn’t watching.

Her dive into the ocean, while managing all the risks identified, did not take into account other possibilities of swimming in the sea, for example, meeting a mermaid. I would suggest that if Neeve’s experience is anything to go by, as you will see from the next blog, there would be merit for all readers to include this in their risk assessment the next time they dive into the ocean.  However, in saying this, there are few risks worth talking about and you will see from the next blog that meeting a mermaid can be both edifying and uplifting, particularly for small girls.

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