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    Swimming between Malmok and Arashi now free of motorboats

    From below Malmok to just under Arashi there is about a 1.5km long stretch of bordered swimming area, free of boats that extends out 20-40m from the shore. This wasn't here a year ago. It is bordered with yellow buoyed rope. This is one of my favorite routes and one of my concerns approaching this vacation was recreational and fishing traffic on long swims, so I purchased an inflatable, orange swim-along buoy for visibility. But when I arrived I noticed it was all roped off. The swim-buoy stayed in the jeep un-needed.

    On my 2nd open water swim there, swimming my way back I noticed a man floating on a large tube in a full body wetsuit wearing a safari hat doing something to the ropes with much attention. As I approached closer he seemed to be scrubbing the rope with a butter knife, and I then spoke, startling him at work (maybe he thought I was a shark) - lol. I asked him the purpose of the area being roped off, and he said "for swimming safety". I asked him Why are you scrubbing all this rope?" He said something about the rope being an irritant to the hands. Not certain if something grows on the rope that is an irritant requiring a periodic scrubbing, or if the rope itself is the irritant, and needs an once-over. He was nevertheless only 50m into a 1500m task, needless to say, I bothered him no more with my questions. Then as I swam off I realized that when I startle him, I accidentally greeted him with "Ayo" instead of "Bon Tardi". He must of had a dinner story to tell, I did.

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    They put them in sometime between April and the end of June. I did not notice them on my walks in April but I certainly did in June/July. Nice addition for safety.

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    In about 1991 or 1992, I was floating on one of "Frank's" floats by the Hol Inn out along the rope. I liked being way out by the rope, and was actually holding onto it. I had someone tell me not to do that, but I can't remember exactly why. I think they told me that something, animal, vegetable(???) attaches to the rope and it is an irritant, or is stinging to flesh. Maybe someone can enlighten me? It was only 20 years ago, and it was prior to having children, so my memory is foggy; kids do that to you.

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    I didn't know anything about the rope. We stay at Amsterdam Manor and I will sometimes swim out to the rope and buoys and maybe grab on for less then a minute - I never hang on very long because it's kind of slimy. Guess I won't do that anymore.
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    How are the conditions/currents for swimming in this area? We are both strong swimmers, former lifeguard, but pool swimming is a whole lot different as you know better than I do
    Would this be an area for a casual snorkel with fins? Or would only consider it more agressive?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Traceyd14 View Post
    How are the conditions/currents for swimming in this area? We are both strong swimmers, former lifeguard, but pool swimming is a whole lot different as you know better than I do
    Would this be an area for a casual snorkel with fins? Or would only consider it more agressive?
    every time I swam there I experienced no current at all. I also use short fins most of the time to travel quickly

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    Forgot to mention I use a snorkel too. But it is the swimming pool type that mounts in front, and its purpose is aid with navigation and sight seeing.

    Since youre swimmers you could probably get by with just goggles. But adding the other gear (front snorkel, pool fins, nose clip, and GoPro), at least for me, allows me to stop by more areas in less time and record it

    Oh, One thing to look out for on the shore however are fishermen. I carry a knife on these swims just in case I get tangled in old lines. Paid under $50 for it, came with a quick release case with two rubber leg straps. It stays put and is actually not uncomfortable.
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    a knife.....?? In case you get hooked by a fisherman?

    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__ View Post
    Forgot to mention I use a snorkel too. But it is the swimming pool type that mounts in front, and its purpose is aid with navigation and sight seeing.

    Since youre swimmers you could probably get by with just goggles. But adding the other gear (front snorkel, pool fins, nose clip, and GoPro), at least for me, allows me to stop by more areas in less time.

    Oh, One thing to look out for on the shore however are fishermen. I carry a knife on these swims just in case. Paid under $50 for it, came with a quick release case with two rubber leg straps. It stays put and is actually not uncomfortable.

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    Probably not needed at the surface so much But when diving down several meters I would hate to get caught on line down there. There is broken fishing line all over along side the limestone wall where most fishing is taking place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__ View Post
    From below Malmok to just under Arashi there is about a 1.5km long stretch of bordered swimming area, free of boats that extends out 20-40m from the shore. This wasn't here a year ago. It is bordered with yellow buoyed rope. This is one of my favorite routes and one of my concerns approaching this vacation was recreational and fishing traffic on long swims, so I purchased an inflatable, orange swim-along buoy for visibility. But when I arrived I noticed it was all roped off. The swim-buoy stayed in the jeep un-needed.

    On my 2nd open water swim there, swimming my way back I noticed a man floating on a large tube in a full body wetsuit wearing a safari hat doing something to the ropes with much attention. As I approached closer he seemed to be scrubbing the rope with a butter knife, and I then spoke, startling him at work (maybe he thought I was a shark) - lol. I asked him the purpose of the area being roped off, and he said "for swimming safety". I asked him Why are you scrubbing all this rope?" He said something about the rope being an irritant to the hands. Not certain if something grows on the rope that is an irritant requiring a periodic scrubbing, or if the rope itself is the irritant, and needs an once-over. He was nevertheless only 50m into a 1500m task, needless to say, I bothered him no more with my questions. Then as I swam off I realized that when I startle him, I accidentally greeted him with "Ayo" instead of "Bon Tardi". He must of had a dinner story to tell, I did.
    Seems like the same guy that I saw at Mancheo back in early July..... same costume too! That's gotta be tedious work.

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