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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.

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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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Not likely this time of year, I know, but if anyone's thinking of taking a dip in later months of summer, blue-green algae can give you a nasty dose of unpleasantness. And can prove fatal in dogs and cats.

Regards, Ray.

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Hi, During my last trip to the broads we moored at the Ferry Inn, Horning for a night. In the early evening a family with 2 kids that were no older than 10 turned up in the small car park area that is on the opposite side of the river to the pub. They had a couple of canoes with them that the adults were using but the kids were just left to swim in the river, both the kids had life jackets on and were happy as larry swimming up and down the river. They must have been at it for an hour or more, anyway I was persuaded to take the kids out in our rowing boat at the same time and ended up across the river and got into conversation with the kids dad, he told me they lived locally and had been doing this sort of thing for years. He had no qualms about letting the kids in the river and said that none of them had ever picked up anything nasty from the water. Would think your daughter will be fine with some common sense re traffic on the river etc.

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I do wonder how we ever managed to achieve anything in this world when you listen to the prophets of doom.
Whitlingham board run regular open water swimming on their site. I don't think anyone has died from swallowing a bit of water from there. Get in there and enjoy. Remember, there are many sewage out falls near our wonderful beaches along the coast. Only those with. A weak constitution are likely to suffer. My mother told me I had to eat at least a pound of dirt before I died. No idea what I've eaton but I'm still here at 60+.

Colin Cheers

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Er yes they have , both broads have had drowning victims at whitlingham , as has Thorpe marsh's and not one victim was older than 25 and all within the last 10 yrs .
Yes there is regulated swimming in the great broad but safety boats are in presence too , all the signs were updated after the 2 children lost there life's at Thorpe marsh's .


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Rick, read the thread, no one is talking about drownings, I'm sure Colin was pointing out that no one had died from any disease picked up from getting a mouthful of water whilst swimming in the Broad, which aint a Broad anyway, as it's a gravel pit and has no flow of water through it, any potential risk is higher there than in a river or broad attached to a river.

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A a Broadlander born and bred I would not dream of swimming in the Broads. For all sorts of reasons.

The most pressing being...
I was sailing on one broad about three yeas back and almost rammed a swimmer. I had no idea that he was there until he was just feet away. I just managed to miss him on the Starboard side.
Apparently it was all my fault for sailing "like a effing idiot". The fact that he was virtually invisible in the busy choppy water, not even wearing a coloured cap, seemed to pass him by.
I have no problem if swimmers wish to risk drowning or poisoning themselves in the waters, that is their choice. But please do not swim anywhere stupid and have your death on a boaters conscience.

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