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Apr-02-2018 @ 11:04 AM                           Permalink
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the bottom line is someone  will probably get into difficulty and at best be hauled out and treated, or worse even die. if swimmers advised to hug the bank weed may be a problem. this would make a swimmer work even harder. exhaustion more likely to set in and if no-one sees this a drowning is on the cards. oulton broad would be safer and more
manageable on a circular course by safety craft.

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With the number of vessels fitted with sea toilets that use that section of river surely you are not so much swimming but just going through the motions Smile

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I have to confess that when I saw this posting I did start looking round for the date of posting in case it was 1st April but it seems that it is a ‘legit’ suggestion.  I don’t know who in authority has signed this idea off it seems unlike the B.A. unless they are making substantial charges for their services.  The basic problem I would have thought is the question of Public Liability Insurance.  I cannot see that the organizers can do without it and given the considerable costs involved I would have thought that at the end of the day both the B.A. and local councils would probably be advised to avoid any involvement.

What would I suspect might be a more practical prospect would be a race from Beccles to Bungay starting from the Locks Inn. That might well be ‘doable’


Bill...(The Ancient Mardler)

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Cant see that it will inconvenience boats much river's wide enough for both.Rather them than me, all those fishing lines and hooks? and it will be cold, i guess they will wear wet suits and keep their mouths above the water,ug!! not for me.John

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I agree with Paladine that the safety aspect of the swimmers is nothing to do with us. People do all sorts of dangerous activities and as adults have every right to make those choices. Sky diving, pot holing, ski jumping, mountain climbing etc etc are far more dangerous than an organised swim. I personally  think that many those type of activities are nuts. However, I and others have no right to try and ban them.
Where I disagree with Paladine is that many of us really "could not care less" about this event. It is none of our business who does this sort of thing. Why some seem to think that they have the right to say what does and does not go on in Broadland is beyond me.
I see this whole thread as just yet another attempt to have a dig at the BA for the same old reasons. Basically who should run the waters, the BA or us "good ol boys on the rhond"
I can imagine the scenario. Kick up a fuss about a new activity giving emphasis on the safety aspect. Hope that something goes wrong. Call for the resignation of the CEO for not listening to your warnings in the unlikely event that happens. Despite the fact that safety is the organisers responsibility.
As for the letter, unsigned as far as I can see... I wonder if anyone can guess who wrote it?

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Non of our business, not even when it impacts on other users, unless we are personally affected then? I could go on, but I won't.

Jolly Rodger

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Hello to all that use this forum,
Here is our two penny worth.
Firstly it is nice to be able to discuss matters freely on the forum that we subscribe to and not be patronised by any other members to go else where for our discussion.
Our thoughts are a little mixed on this subject but are swaying towards let The Swim happen.
We pay our road tax for being able to drive on tarmac and pot holes but with pleasure we give this right up, in the name of charity. The London Marathon. The London to Brighton Bike Ride and The Great North East Run are just three of the famous and there are numerous local events that keep charities alive and we are only inconvenienced by having to wait a bit or taking a minor detour,while the competitors usually bust a gut to take part our hats come off to them.
Does any boater (apart from emergency services)  have any urgent need travel on The Waveny and to stop this fund raising event from happening when so much notice has been given?
The only thing that does worry us is if any of the participants gets hurt. I think that the organisers are doing their best by testing the water quality before may be they should test nearer the time and run safety boats constantly checking for dangers. two hours before the event and have an optional start time until all hazards are removed.
Ti's always better that all morally decent people enjoy everything they wish to and not be alienated by any that wish to own the territory.    Tinhat
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I heartily agree with the above comments,I welcome the swim,seems a great idea,wild swimming is a great activity,there is something really liberating in swimming in fresh water away from all the chlorine in swimming pools which unfortunately I am becoming allergic to.That part of the Waveney is almost impossible to sail in because of lack of wind so no yachts should be tacking.If we Boat users can’t make way for this activity it’s a very poor state of things.Although bigger lake Windermere has wild swimming competitions and there is plenty of boat traffic there.I hope the organiser is encouraged by those of us who are posting here positively.The opposition on the other forum is pretty discouraging to say the least



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Jolly Rodger.
Yes it is none of our business.
Activities affecting other people goes on in Broadland daily. For instance anglers (amongst others)  affect other users, especially when they use pole rods,  but they have every right to be there as I am sure that you would agree. So why are swimmers different?



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Nice to see this positive attitude amongst the posters on this forum. I am afraid some pro posters elsewhere have felt ganged up on by the usual relatively small vociferous minority who profess to know all about everything!!

I agree I too would happily give up the right to navigate and power through such an event for 2/3 hours and I believe it will probably be adequately policed. After all it is not the first event to be planned and run like this these days. I believe the RNLI may well be involved and I suspect some of the canoe clubs who are ideally placed to do such a job, as well as other rescue services.

It really is good to see the balanced approach being expressed rather than the instant paranoia elsewhere. Presumably they will be able to get Public Liability Insurance and if ALL the other organisations involved can be positive and supportive and remain so, I would just hate to see the event as planned be disrupted because of so called "safety" issues and the "rights of navigation" concerns put forward by others!!

Well done the NBF

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