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Dressed for Drowning

A well-made and light-hearted instructional film which demonstrates how your own clothes can save you from drowning

School programme and Educational film 1965 7 mins

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This amusing film, directed by John Purvis Howard, begins with a City Gent, complete with umbrella and bowler hat, standing by a pool. One by one his clothes disappear until he's left only wearing his shirt. Now in the pool, the man ties knots in his trousers and inflates them to create a buoyancy aid. A boy does the same with his shirt as does a woman with her skirt, blouse and, confusingly, her swimming costume. The film ends with shots of Brooklands Boating Lake in Lancing.