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Monthly Archives: July 2011


Hello, Alberta!
July 29, 2011

Summer is half over and we all need some sun, sand and swimming. Thanks to North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper, finding your perfect beach just got easier.

This week, Riverkeeper launches the Swim Guide in Alberta, a brand new – and completely free – smartphone app and website. Swim Guide helps you locate your closest, cleanest beach, get directions, report pollution, view photos, determine if the water is safe for swimming, and share the whole adventure with friends and family on your social networks. (more…)


The Android app has arrived! Join our beta test now.
July 18, 2011

Hot on the heels of our successful iPhone app, the Swim Guide app is now available for Android devices. Want to be part of our beta test? Download the app now, check out a bunch of beaches, mash a bunch of buttons, and let us know if you can make it crash or act wonky (yes, that’s the official methodology for testing apps). (more…)


National Post profiles the Swim Guide!
July 9, 2011

Front page of the Metro section on Saturday, July 9 … check out the full page spread about Swim Guide:

Swim Guide, a website and free Android app that gives real-time updates of the water quality along the lake looks to be a strong move in the right direction. “This is the coolest thing we’ve ever done,” says Mattson, a 49-year-old ex-criminal lawyer who’s been the head of Waterkeepers for the past 10 years, as he shows off the app. “Hopefully, people will see all our beaches, visit them and fall in love with them again.”

The piece by Ben Kaplan is online here.


New iPhone app update(s)
July 5, 2011

If you’re still using Version 1.0 of Swim Guide for iPhone®, it’s time to upgrade! We’ve made two updates to Swim Guide since its first release. Both updates improve the way the app locates you and your closest beaches. The update also gives you way more information about beach law and policy. Look under “Learn” to read about how E. coli monitoring works around the Great Lakes (USA & Canada) and in British Columbia. If you like the app, please give us a generous rating in the App Store® – it helps to spread the word!! Download the free update(s) from the App Store on your computer or through your iPhone.