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Grump33
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I have seen several mentions of swimming pools which has worried me as we thought we would be able to swim off the boat.  I know there is a beach on one of the Broads so just  assumed it was OK to swim in any of them where the tide isn't too strong.  This is one of the things the kids were most looking forward to so could someone please confirm if you can or can't.

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Hi Grump33 welcome to the forum. If you click Here you will get an idea of why swimming is not recommened on the Broads.

Paul

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Grump33,

Welcome to the forum.

With a username like that, can we take it you are a younger relative of Roya LOL

Gary.

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Also, it's easy to get off a boat, almost impossible to get back on when cold, low in water and without boarding platforms, which don't exist on most broads boats.

I have taken part in two rescues and seen a few more.  

Also, not all yachts have 'holding tanks' for their human waste, it goes straight into the water.

The river currents are really dangerous.

Yes, I love swimming, no, I would definitely not swim on the Broads.  

Pauline

'Stop it you silly ass!' cried the Rat from the bottom of the boat 'You can't do it! You'll have us over!'

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In the 'better waters' there is a lot of 'strap weed' get that rapped your ankles and you are a gonner! No swimming is not really on the agenda.

Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Hi all
i can confirm that Grump 33 is not related to me in any way shape or form.
but welcome to the site mate who ever you are.

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roya

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Just use a spot of common sense. I've been in and out of the Broads all my life.

Just remember to wash the duck and goose poop off before you go to bed!

P.S. The fish tiddle in the water so don't drink it.

Jenny Morgan,
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Peter mate ,
have not heard the word Tiddle for ages,
nice one mate
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So what would you say then Roy Playful Wink

Jenny Morgan,
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I teach Scouts to sail on the broads. They often fall in and all enjoy swimming in the water. None have become ill yet. However, you have to be careful. The water seems warm at first, but you soon get chilled. We have a safety boat on hand. Blue green algae is often found in the summer. Weils disease is always a risk and it is mighty serious, so cover all cuts.
There is also the risk of being run down by motor boats. You are not easily seen in the water. Assume all boats cannot see, steer or stop.
From Horsey Mere, you can walk to the beach and swim in the sea.
In the past, people often swam in the Broads, but the water was a lot cleaner then.
Like a lot of things, you can do it and as long as you understand the dangers and take sensible precautions it is OK.

Nigel
Ludham

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