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Dear All

The Broads Swim 2019 is scheduled to run along the River Waveney on Sunday 23 June 2019 from Waveney River Centre in Burgh St Peter to Beccles Quay.  The swim will take place from 9.00am to 4.00pm and will be accompanied by safety RIB’s and kayaks along the entire route.  There will be food and rest stops at North Cove, Worlingham and Aldeby Hall.

Kind Regards

Laura Milner
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Broads Authority
Tel: 01603 756035

Broads Authority, Yare House, 62-64 Thorpe Road. Norwich NR1 1RY
01603 610734
www.broads-authority.gov.uk


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Dreadful idea to be promoting any sort of swimming on The Broads. I know we've had this debate before but I have to say we are noting more and more folk dunking themselves in this awful water!

Recently at St Benets ( yes, the busy river at StBenets!) a family on a day boat were merrily encouraging a young boy of maybe 7 years old to repeatedly jump in from the moorings there. In just normal swimwear, on a very windy day where we noted ourselves it was hard at times to control our small lightweight boat, and others were tramming by (in large hire boats and also a couple of big sea going privates). So even though he was wearing a life jacket he could so easily have been whipped across the river into the path of a heavy boat.

And then of course there is also the ever present danger of Weils disease, never mind just the usual "crap" ( excuse the pun) that we all know is in there!

Karen

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Sorry Karen but I can't agree. Not my cup of tea but the Broads are an enticing place for wild swimmers as they are so much cleaner and docile than other open water such as the tidal Thames.

Swimmers have just as much right as the rest of us to enjoy the water of the Broads.

I do accept there are risks and I would not welcome swimming lanes a la cycle paths or swimmers only broads for that matter.

However an occasional  organised and managed  swim is welcomed by me.




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I seem to recall that a very successful event followed the somewhat jaundiced debate last time!

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What about the moorings at North Cove , Worlinghan, Aldby etc.   Will they also be closed.

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Gosh it does seem to me that some people like to jump on me whenever I express my views, to allege that those views are suggesting the Broads are not there to be enjoyed by everyone. Please do try and read and understand that point I am making.

And just because an event was "successful" doesn't mean it's the right thing to do! Successful as in made money? Or plenty turned up? Or nobody got a nasty disease?

I do fully "get " that wild swimmers , perhaps in their wetsuits or other kit, want to emerse  themselves in the Broads rivers, and I am not saying they shouldn't, what I am saying is that on the one hand the BA have signs up telling visitors not to swim, yet on the other hand now promote an event for swimming. Holidaymakers may not be aware of any differences between the two and then some person or little child is hit by a boat , or someone picks up the very nasty Weils disease.

We've suddenly come across heads bobbing in front of us on the river and had to take evasive action. I don't think it's selfish to not want to be in the position of having hurt someone. I've also known a lovely chap who became very very ill after getting Weils after a fall into the river.

Whenever swimming in the Broads gets mentioned or "aired" on here I will continue to voice my opinion about the dangers I think it represents. And I will no doubt have to keep repeating that fact that having that opinion does not mean I somehow harbour feelings that the Broads is only there to be enjoyed by certain people. I am just trying to take my points about the dangers I feel exist and, in particular, the consequences of what I see are mixed messages from the BA.

Karen

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Marge and Parge would like to wish all YOU SWIMMERS WELL and have a great day.
It is fantastic that this year you are helping the Waveney Stardust to give those a trip and some an introduction to the Broads that may not have had a chance to do so.
Many thanks to all that are helping and swimming enjoy your day and have fun.
Kindest Regards
                Marge and Parge X

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Sorry Karen but You start with "Dreadful idea to be promoting swimming."

That may be your opinion but it is not mine and I am just as entitled to my view as you are to yours.

I am sure we will meet one day and I am equally sure neither of us will be wild swimming on the Broads

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Yes you are of course Ruby.

I just needed to make it clear that by not supporting the idea I was not  in some way ignoring the rights of everyone to enjoy the Broads, or worse , only wanting it to be enjoyed by certain groups of users. It would be unfair to be accused of some sort of selfish attitude  simply by expressing concerns which are certainly not without merit.

Maybe signs or BA publications which bang home the message that only organised swim events are acceptable would help address the needs of those who wish to "dunk"  and those who see the risks of casual swimming becoming the norm.  Then maybe I wouldn't feel the need to pipe up with my concerns every time swimming is mentioned? Maybe.....   Wink  

Karen

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A couple of years ago, the BA's advice on swimming was "Don't swim – no matter how hot it is, the water in the rivers and broads is always cold and shock from cold can kill. Also you won't be seen by boaters."

Since the advent of the Waveney swim, that has been changed to "When the weather is warm it can be very tempting to go for a swim in the Broads. This is potentially very dangerous without the benefit of support from an open water swimming organisation. The Broads Authority strongly advises against entering the water unless part of an organised event."

"..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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