Broads Authority launches slack water text service

Boaters looking to cross Breydon Water on the Norfolk Broads this summer can get text alerts telling them when the tide is out

Coastal boaters looking to explore the Norfolk Broads can face a number of challenges, depending on their size.

With many low bridges in Great Yarmouth to clear, knowing the tide patterns of Breydon Water is particularly important.

For that reason, the Broads Authority has launched a new text alert service to let boat owners know predicted slack water and sunset times.

The service, called Tide 2 Text, costs just 6p on top of your normal network charge and gives you the next two days of tide information.

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The trial run will last until the end of June and all you need to do is text the word ‘Tide’ to 60777.

Steve Birtles, head of safety management for the Broads Authority, said: “Tide tables can be found in the Broadcaster visitor magazine, the Green Book, a booklet sold by the Broads Authority for £1, and on the Broads Authority’s website.

“However, if none of these are available the text can provide an instant and hassle free service for the boater, resulting in a more relaxing trip over Breydon.

“If it is successful we will consider making the service permanent.”