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jimmy101
May-22-2017 @ 6:33 AM                           Permalink
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Our girl (13) is a triathlete and is looking to carry on her training next week and wants to know can she swim in the broads.  Obviously later in the evening and no chance of traffic, she has wet suit and is very competent and used to open water swimming.  Just want to know if safe

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Jimmy, I would neither condone or condemn swimming in the Broads, but I would just make a few points.

The majority of yachts don't have holding tanks, so a lot of poo still goes in the water. That said it must get well diluted as the water quality is good.

In places, weed can be a problem, growing quite close to the surface (even if you can't see it) and could potentially entangle a swimmer.

I often cruise later in the evening or after dark (legally on nav lights) and I've noticed an increasing number of hire boats racing about trying to find a mooring. The last thing any skipper expects to see is a person swimming. In fact it would be virtually impossible to spot a person in the water.

Having said all of that, there are probably hundreds of people who go for a dip every year without incident.  Smile

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Hi Jimmy,
Here is a link to Broads Authority info regarding open water swimming on The Broads.

Kind Regards
Alan...
www.mynorfolkbroadsboating.co.uk/


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I swam in the broads as a child, the water was worse then. We were always watched by someone on shore, instructions to keep our mouths closed and hosed down when we got out. Did the same with our children swimming in the Soar downstream of Leicester with the refinement of a warm shower afterwards. I would echo the above warning about boats and reed, adding that you must have no open cuts, your daughter will know that if she regularly swims outdoors. Horstead Mill used to be a favourite for splashing around.
Please don't take this as encouragement to swim, just an answer to your question.
I seem to remeber seeing a leaflet from someone leading 'wild swims', maybe The Canoe Man?

We love the Broads


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It is not only yachts that are getting a bucket and chucking it in the river, lots of people with porta potti's do it to.     Would I swim in the water not in a million.  

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Early mornings there are often people swimming in the Waveney near to Beccles there are 2 guys that regularly swim from about 2 miles upstream of Beccles into the town centre, as people have said there is a certain amount of effluent goes into the water but as the Waveney has a decent flow this is well diluted, another potential hazard is underwater weed and of course boats.

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If you want to be 100% safe there is an outdoor Lido at Beccles and this time of year it will be virtually empty.

Dave

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I understand that another possible downside to swimming in the broads  is weils disease. This is caused by rat urine, and in a worst case scenario can be fatal.
Initial symptoms are flu like, if this happens then seek medical advice at once, and give them details about the swim.

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There is a group of swimmer (sorry I don't know the name of the group) who regularly swim above Coltishall Lock and from the lock to Coltishall Green.

You might also consider somewhere like Barton Broad (keeping to the edges, rather than using the channel), with a kayak or canoe escort.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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The OP has already stated that his Daughter is an experienced open water swimmer so i'm sure she is well aware of the potential health risks but for other here are the other potential hazards and how to reduce your chances of catching anything nasty. http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/bites-and-stings/Pages/safe-swimming.aspx

Saying that the greatest risk of catching Weils disease on the Broads is from your mooring ropes,I wonder how many of us think to wash their hands after casting off?

Dave

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