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So Long and Thanks for all the Fish
March 19, 2015

March Break is in full swing. To help you make your winter escape a water conscious one, we’ve been publishing a Swim, Drink, Fish series. Each piece provides you with helpful hints so you can help keep the waters at your winter destination swimmable, drinkable, fishable.

Last week we focused on what you can do to keep your holiday waters swimmable and drinkable.

This week’s topic: FISH
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Water, Water, Everywhere…
March 12, 2015

Sea, Sand, and Sun. That pretty much sums up the perfect winter getaway.

Leading up to March Break we are publishing a Swim, Drink, Fish series. Each piece will provide you with helpful hints to ensure your winter getaway respects and protects swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

Last week we focused on what you can do to keep your holiday waters swimmable.

This week’s topic: DRINK
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Is your sunny getaway harming the beaches you love?
February 27, 2015

For most North Americans, including us here at the snowy Swim Guide headquarters in Toronto, a mid-winter seaside vacation is irresistible.

Taking a trip to somewhere warm and salty is very popular, especially with people from temperate countries (Travel Weekly reported that in 2013 alone, the Caribbean welcomed more than 25 million visitors). It should come as no surprise that tourism makes up a huge percentage of the economies in tropical areas.

But how do we help ensure that our travels do not result in significant and irreversible damage to the swimmable, drinkable, fishable water at our vacation spot? Local populations need clean water to drink, to swim, and to fish. As guests it is important we understand local water concerns and minimize our negative impact on the marine environment.

Leading up to March Break we will be publishing a Swim, Drink, Fish series. Each piece will provide you with helpful hints to ensure your winter getaway respects and protects swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

This week’s topic: SWIMMING

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Swim Guide has a Valentine’s Day request for you
February 4, 2015

This Valentine’s Day, Swim Guide wants to hear you say “I love you” to the one.

To the one who is full of life.

To the one that makes you happy every time you look at her.

To the one who is always up for an adventure.

To the one who never stops giving.

To the one your family, your friends, your pets, and your plants rely on every day.

To the one who sustains you.

To the one who shapes you and makes you who you are.

To the one you literally can’t live without.

This Valentine’s Day, say “I love you,” to the water in your life.

Show your love

Tweet and share your love of the water in your life

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We Don’t Swim in the Toilet, Please Don’t Pee in the Pool: The Permanent Connection Between Pool Water Quality and Our Personal Hygiene
January 28, 2015

After learning about the possibility of contracting illnesses and infections from a trip to the beach, many people ask us whether it is simply “safer” to swim in pools.

While Swim Guide’s expertise lies in untreated recreational water, such marine and freshwater beaches, lakes, rivers, and ponds, we do know that the majority of reported recreational water illnesses are in fact contracted from pools and other treated water.

Not to worry. In order to provide you with the tools you need to stay healthy at the pool we turned to the experts: The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and their Healthy Swimming program.

The CDC has incredible and fascinating (and at times disgusting) information about treated water quality that everyone should know in order to keep themselves and their fellow bathers healthy in the pool.

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