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Karen&Mike
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Well that's a step in the  right direction , though not strong enough in my view.

Thanks for the info Mr P.

Karen

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As is often the case Paladine has beaten me to it!!

The advice on swimming is comprehensive and can be viewed here

https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/outdoor-swimming

I understand completely why you raise the dangers of swimming Karen however I do think that it was also with an underlying message from you that the event should not happen regardless.  "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! "

I don't think the organised event has led to more incidents of folk swimming or jumping in.

The pace of life down there
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We were moored on The Yare last weekend at Hardley Cross  in the evening approx 20 swimmers came past. Seemed to be well organised and each swimmer was towing a hi Viz float. Subsequent info was that they came out of the water at Reedham Quay. They came past us on the ebb tide - dont know where they entered the water. Water Temp was 68 degrees so not too cold.

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Look folks, I could just simply have my opinion and state it without any reasoning or background at all. And that would be tough sh1t as they say, However I'm not like that -  I will usually explain why I have a view , what's brought me to that opinion etc. We spend a lot of time on the water, we don't just visit occasionally and I'm a keen observer of actions, rules, notices etc.

I am getting a tad cheesed off with those who make assumptions about what they believe is going on in my head,  yet never seem to do that with other members !  Shall I perhaps suggest what could be motivating an inability to accept my views on face value, (regardless of whether in agreement  with them). Would they not find that offensive if I alleged underlying reasons for their actions? It's certainly quite offensive to me to be accused of a selfish attitude or hidden agenda simply  because I disagreed , and particularly so when I have added reasons to support my concerns. I could almost believe another wild suggestion put to me recently - that this is some   warped effort to derail my opinions!

Hey ho.






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I will confess that I’m of the view that just because someone has a right to do something, that right should be exercised, regardless of the dangers or inconveniences involved. The Thames has been mentioned, but what about all the other available venues around the country, which have cleaner water and no boating activity. There are, literally, dozens and dozens of those.

Perhaps this event would be better held on Oulton Broad on a Thursday evening.

"..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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This event happened without incident last year and from what I can remember was very well run with all the necessary safety procedures in place.

Everyone has their own personal  opinions on this but it looks likely to be turning into an annual event so lets just accept it as that.The Broads Authority are obviously happy for it to happen for a second time and if it gives enjoyment
and this year is raising money for Waveney Stardust then good luck to all concerned.  Martin W.

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Just to add my 10p's worth,  I feel as long as you're aware of the dangers here and of 'what lurks beneath' then you have the freedom to choose what's right for you.

I'm with Karen though this is definitely not for me nor my family for all the reasons she has stated.

Jilda

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A little more information:

The advice from the Norfolk Constabulary is ”Do not swim in the Broads, regardless of the weather.”

Broadsswimming is not a charitable organisation. None of the money they make will go to the Waveney Stardust Trust, which is a charity. Competitors are simply asked to donate a sum to the Trust, such donation being entirely optional and separate from the substantial entry fee. So Broadsswimming is asking the competitors to support Waveney Stardust, rather than dipping into their own pockets.

The Broads Authority has no power to prevent the event. Nor do they support it. They simply advise against swimming in the Broads (giving eight good reasons why it’s not a good idea), but suggest that anyone determined to do so has the support of an open water swimming organisation.

It doesn’t matter to me, one way or the other, as I won’t be anywhere near the course. As for the previous discussion being ”jaundiced”, that particular debate attracted several complimentary comments, from unlikely sources, as to how balanced and civilised it was.


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Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Whatever your views on the matter, here's a link to the event website.

Steve. CM1 and NR12

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Thanks once again for your info here Mr Pally.

Jilda

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