Outdoor swimming practical project begins 2020

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The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Healing Waters, a practical project to promote safe outdoor swimming in Breckland, began with a landowner meeting in March and plans an intro to outdoor swimming session 13 Sept 2020.

Logo with stylised river and pines, link to BFER website
The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme

Delivering the BFER projects during early 2020 has been very different than originally planned, because of the Covid-19 situation. Some sessions have been postponed, and we have been keeping in touch differently. The projects are part of The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER), supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Do you have any Outdoor Swimming maps, info, photos or stories to share? Do contact me.

Dates so far

13 September 2020 – a day of introduction to outdoor swimming and doing your own risk assessment

Qualified trainers and lifeguards will introduce people to swimming outdoors, understanding the risks, and how to be safe and have fun. We will invite people to sign up to participate nearer the time. Venue to be arranged. We will need volunteers to help us run this activity, so please let me know if you would be interested in helping.

young women on edge of pool; two swimmers doing crawl in a river
Young swimmers; river swimmers

11 March 2020 – workshop for landowners/land managers, organised jointly with the Visitor Safety Group (a landowner organisation with a body of experience on balancing safety and visitor access).

This was for landowners or managers with rivers or water where people swim or might swim or do other recreation. If you are interested to hear more about involvement in the project (or you know anyone who is), please contact me.

Landowners and other participants marked places on the Brecks map where they owned or managed land and where they have swum, at a workshop 11 March 2020 at the start of the Healing Waters project.

From the workshop: Download a talk on the project 11 March 2020 (Word.doc, 2 pages)

Download a report of the day (Word.doc 4 pages), which also includes more information on workshop organisers and speakers, and a list of resources and guidance, and read about it here.

The day was organised by the project and the team running The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme (BFER, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund), and the Visitor Safety Group.

Summary of the project

Healing Waters will engage people in healthy outdoor activities, including learning to enjoy being in, on or by the water safely and with care for the environment; and in mapping and considering publicising suitable places for swimming or for other recreational uses of the rivers.

We will consult and involve landowners and land managers from the start, to address the concerns that some have about swimming and other watery recreation, and to promote positive benefits. We aim to improve people’s understanding of safe and environmentally friendly behaviours around water, which can to help tackle the issues.

We want to introduce people of all ages to enjoying the water safely and with care for the environment, to allay their fears and misunderstandings and those of parents and authorities, and to equip people to do their own risk assessments and mitigate risks, and to have fun. We will also be providing training to young people on safety and life-saving.

More detail on the projects on this website and about all the BFER projects on The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme website, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Please contact me with any questions, or to sign up for updates. More on how to get involved on this website.

You might also be interested in the swim history project dates, Tales from the River 2020 dates

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Display panel 3: Healing Waters (used at Conference March 2019)
Logo with stylised river and pines, link to BFER website
The Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme
NHLF logo, link to website
The National Lottery Heritage Fund

swims and swim places