We'll be in Basel for five weeks in July and August 2013. We'll be travelling around Switzerland and doing many daytrips from our base but I thought it might be nice if we could spend a day at the beach a few times while there. Our apartment won't have a/c so it might be a nice reprieve for the children if the weather is hot. I do know that we can swim in the Rhine and we may try that but my children are only 5, 7 and 10. While they're good swimmers, I'm a bit concerned about the current as they've only ever swam in pools.
Can anyone recommend one (or more) nice family beaches that we may be able to visit while in Basel? We won't have a car. I'm unsure about the tram system yet but I'm sure we'll figure it out. So access by tram or train (we'll have a Swiss Pass) within a half hour (probably max one hour one way) would be great.