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From BA Facebook page this morning
"We want everyone who visits the Broads to take part in paddle sports to have a safe and enjoyable time.

Please make sure you have an appropriate toll for your craft or British Canoeing Membership before you take to the water, as it is a bylaw offence to go without.

Here are our top tips for staying safe on the water ??

? Wear a buoyancy aid if you are canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding.

? Stick to the right hand side of the river at all times unless it is unsafe to do so.

? Ensure you maintain lookout and are aware of your surroundings. Larger powered craft need to pay close attention to paddle craft too.

? Anticipate the behaviour of other river users.

? Do not deliberately capsize your canoe or kayak, remain calm if you enter the water and ensure you know techniques to recover safely.

? Be aware of your own stamina and ability.

? Make yourself aware of the signs of blue-green algae and protect against Weil's disease.

?  Check permissions, know where you are going and tell others of your plan.

? And finally, look at the weather conditions. No-one wants to be paddling against the wind, tide and with tired arms!

In case of emergency on, in or next to the water you should always contact 999 and ask for the coastguard. They will contact the other emergency services if needed. Try and ensure you know your location so you can provide this information to the operator and improve their response time.

Find out more information and further details on our new comprehensive paddling web page: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/canoeing,-kayaking-and-paddleboarding

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”Please make sure you have an appropriate toll for your craft or British Canoeing Membership before you take to the water, as it is a bylaw offence to go without.”

They could have added “but don’t worry if you haven’t paid the toll, as the rangers have been instructed to ignore canoes, kayaks and paddleboards and concentrate on privately-owned motor cruisers.”

"..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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Precisely Pally!

We have a few things going on at home at the moment ( break in whilst asleep, car stolen, inc boat stuff ...) but this whole paddleboard tolls, swimming etc is on my radar after the stuff we've witnessed this last few weeks and at some point I think I will be " on the warpath" !

I've already had a smarty pants reply from a website that promotes Broads river wild swimming - denying that it does (???) and telling me that us boaters need to take more care to safeguard swimmers .... and that the dangers of  Weils disease are overstated. Then last week we watched a whole class of paddleboarders  ( think it was 13 ) take  over  a popular Broads parking place with soooo many cars ( nearly all individual ), then launch from a place which I'm sure forbids that. This after meeting another group ( getting a lesson ) of maybe 15 or more across the entire river near Cockshoot.

Yes the rivers are not exclusively for boaters, but if we didn't pay our tolls to contribute towards the navigation being kept open, there would be no water for them to play in! So there has to be a more transparent and policed method of making sure that everyone pays their share. And that silly inflatable toys are banned, and removed. For everyone's safety !

Karen





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FYI this is the comment I received about Weils, specifically about  Broads swimming in general.

" It is a common misconception, widely held, that Weil's disease is an ever present and major threat to swimmers"

I had always been led to believe it was a danger on The Broads but if anyone can enlighten me I am prepared to be re-educated if we've all got it wrong...

Karen

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Karen&Mike, I'm sorry to hear about the break-in and theft of your car, but, statistically, that type of event is much more common in the UK than catching Weil's disease.

Looking at the NHS, and other, web sites, there are usually only about 60-70 cases of Weil's disease diagnosed each year in England and Wales, although that went up a couple of years ago to 87 (put down to the hot weather and more people swimming), and 1 or 2 fatalities. Standard hygiene measures, like washing hands, showering after immersion, covering cuts and other wounds, and not drinking the water (!), minimise the slight risk.

But the more exposure an individual has to water which might be contaminated, the greater the risk. So I would think that canoeists, kayakers and paddleboarders would be at greater risk than, say, motorboaters.

Provided water-users understand the risk and take appropriate measures to minimise it, I can't see much of a problem. With the greatly increased numbers of canoeists etc. there have been on the Broads this year, it will be interesting to see if there is any significant numbers of Weil's disease diagnoses resulting.

It may also be illuminating to see, when the figures are published, just how much of a financial contribution those new navigators made to the tolls coffers.

"..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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I wouldn't expect there will be much contribution, Paladine. I know some people who, new to the area, wanted to toll their paddle boards when the rivers opened up. They found that it had to be done on paper whereas the canoe club allowed online registration. Guess which they chose.


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There is a difference between the requirement to register (and display a registration mark) and the requirement to pay a toll. Those who use their craft on more that four separate visits in any year are required to register their craft with the BA, and display a registration mark - regardless of any membership of British Canoeing. That's my reading of the byelaws, anyway.

Perhaps it's just too difficult for the rangers to check, as I can't recall seeing any registration marks on any private paddle craft - but have seen my registration number being checked by almost every ranger I've passed. Low hanging fruit?



"..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."
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Taken from the current schedule of tolls 01/04/2020 - 31/03/2021

Other tolls and charges no 7.
“ British Canoeing Members
Membership of British Canoeing includes usage of the Broads navigation area , at no extra cost, provided that at all times your
membership card is carried with you .”

There is no mention of any limit to amount of times you use the Broads


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Look a bit further into the BA byelaws re registration
And that if someone claims that exemption, they must also display the British Canoeing registration sticker.

"..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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BCU / Canoe England currently don't issue stickers or membership cards when you join or renew. Stickers stopped several years ago.  boat-sail

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