Summer Warning: UK Beach Water Quality Worse The last time I swam in the sea around the UK was Newquay in 1983 while adventure training and Scarborough back in the late 70s as a boy. Over the years as a family my children have never wanted to have a dip, possibily due to the movie JAWS. The cleanist and clearist water I have seen was in 1996 in Salamis Northern Cyprus while serving with the UN. I was suprised to see flat fish fry swimming around our feet couple of metres into the sea. The worst was Aya Napa same year around late afternoon when the sluce pipe discharged sewage - shit house paper - tampoons and thick clear slime drifted into the bathing part.