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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.

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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.


Introducing Surfrider Vancouver Island
January 19, 2015

This week we are welcoming the Surfrider Foundation’s Vancouver Island Chapter to Swim Guide.

Folks, this is big and this is special. We are so lucky to have incredible water leaders like Surfrider volunteers joining our affiliates’ program.

Photo credit: Kenny Louie, Calling it a Day

Photo credit: Kenny Louie, Calling it a Day


Surfing and Water Quality in the Winter
January 14, 2015

Frances Maas RECE Follow Winter Surfers-Lake Ontario

Photo credit: Tomasz Wagner
Winter Surfers-Tofino

For most people interaction with open water during the winter months is limited to icy thrill of a New Year’s Day Polar Bear plunge. But surfers, as you can imagine, are perpetually the last ones out of the water. And even as we turn on our cars from inside our homes and put on our goose down coats and fur lined boots to fetch the morning paper they’re still out there, playing in the water.

“Hard core” does not come close to describing winter surfing. In fact, while researching this article (second hand) every single reference concluded that winter surfers are lunatics. Magnificent, hearty lunatics.

Polar Bear Plunging into 2015!
December 30, 2014

The countdown to 2015 is on. How will you be starting off the New Year? Will you be running around the block with your suitcase? Trying to stuff in seven meals? Savouring twelve grapes as the clock strikes midnight or smashing dishes on your relatives’ doorsteps?

Or will you ring in the brand new year with a Polar Bear plunge into wintry waters?


Polar Bear Dip -8 (Photo credit: Renee Navarro)

Whether you relish January 1’s icy swim events or whether you simply lost a bet at a New Year’s Eve party here are a few tips to keep you safe during this invigorating annual tradition.