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Year by year, Cambridge rowers, swimmers and punters claim to obtain serious infections associated with pathogens obtained from our river Cam’s water. To get a better qualitative understanding of Cambridge citizens’ general contact with the river as well as to assess people’s actual experiences with the river water, we have conducted an online survey. The results reveal that the majority of river users stay healthy however, most Cambridge citizens and visitors approach the prospect of a Cam swim with a, maybe healthy dose of scepticism.