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Rondonay
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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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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,
One of the uninformed Little People.

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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

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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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Hi Grump33,

I'll second Nigel (Woodwose) on this one.
If you can get under Potter Heigham bridge, on a summer's day it's a pleasant walk from Horsey Mere moorings to the sea.
There is a nice pub halfway that does good food and beer, with tables and a marquee outside in the garden.
The beach is very long, wide and sandy.

Walking distance may be an issue for families with toddlers, but a glance at the map (or Google Earth) will show you what to expect.

If I fell in at South Walsham, I think I'd go to the doctors after washing off all the blue/green floating nonsense.

E/boat Steve

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Urr - had no idea that raw sewage still went into the broads from some boats.   Cant imagine anyone going in willingly - saying that we stayed in a bungalow at Potter some years ago prior to getting the boat and a bunch of University students opposite headed by their teacher swam towards the bridge and back.  It was obviously part of the course they were on.  Lovely bunch of kids but I often wonder what they caught.

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Hi all,
Woodwose, how far back are you going when you say the water used to be cleaner? I started going on the Broads in 1960 when every boat emptied into it. I have memories of heading down towards Yarmouth from Acle when the tide was running out, not bird/duck watching but watching the richards racing by amongst everything else that had gone into the river!!![just a thought, is that where the game of poo sticks got its name?]. Seeing as how water from the upper rivers would have taken a while, backwards and forwards with the tides, before reaching the open sea how long was it in the rivers for? The rivers now are a lot cleaner than then but what looks calm and inviting on the surface can hide a lot of danger. There are still reports of people drowning.

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Yes, I was thinking of earlier than the 1960s. There was a time when the water on the Broads was clear and water plants grew there. It was not just pollution from boats that caused the change (although this did not help). Changes to agricultural methods played a key part in making the water the mucky soup it is today.
Older people in Ludham remember swimming in crystal clear water at Ludham Bridge in the 1930s. It's all a bit different now.
I think the 1960s was a real low point and things are improving. There is still some way to go, but I feel quite positive about the future.

Nigel

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