A Watsonia man on holiday in Ocean Grove has thrown caution to the wind by having a swim at the beach less than half an hour after eating. While the scientific basis of the no swimming half an hour after eating rule remains unclear, it is one of Australia’s most trusted old wives tales, with the main claim being that you will cramp up in the water, drown, and then fall to a watery grave.

Despite his awareness of this deadly cramp, Steve Daniels chose to ignore it yesterday by entering the water just 12 minutes after eating a salad roll on the beach with his family. The 33-year-old ignored the protestations of his family with a nonchalant wave of his right hand as he waddled towards the ocean.

Speaking to The Watsonia Bugle after the incident, Daniels said, “Yeah mate, I’ve always been a bit of a renegade. I mean, as they say, rules are made to be broken. I’m not sure who ‘they’ are in that situation, but I bet they were mad dogs like me. I didn’t cramp even once mate. It was not an issue.”