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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.

Pulse Energy launching Swim Guide in New Zealand
December 18, 2014


Reflections on lake. (Photo credit: Tom Hall)

Well, Kiwis, Pulse Energy NZ has a very thoughtful gift for you this year!

As part of Pulse Energy’s contribution to the environment and local communities, the independent electricity and gas retailer is bringing Swim Guide to New Zealand.

Pulse Energy has been working hard to get the beaches, rivers, lakes, and swimming holes from all 16 of New Zealand’s councils ready on Swim Guide. The most current recreational water quality information for over 600 New Zealand swimming spots is now accessible from the Swim Guide smartphone app or website.  (more…)

Which Way to the Beach ? : Accessing California’s Coast
December 3, 2014

A day at the beach is the best. It really is.


Running From The Waves (Photo credit: Karen Ybanez)

Swim Guide is all about helping you find your swimmable water. And while our main goal is to prevent people from getting sick from swimming in contaminated water, the driving force behind our mission is that people love to swim. We want to make it easy for people to get to the beach and enjoy the water with their family and friends.

When it comes to swimmable water, ensuring that people can find and access the beaches and waterways in their watersheds is just as crucial as public access to current water quality information. That’s what Swim Guide is all about and we wholeheartedly applaud the Beach Finder App that California’s Coastal Commission is currently developing.

How’d your beach do?
November 18, 2014

Swim Guide 2014 ReportEvery year, nearly two-thirds of Canadians pack their swim gear and head out with their family and friends in search of swimmable water. As it turns out, reliable facts and figures about beach water quality are hard to come by. Consequently, it is very difficult for the average citizen to make an informed decision about where to swim.

Swim Guide began in Toronto when a team of staff and volunteers at Lake Ontario Waterkeeper set out to answer this simple question: Is it safe to swim in Lake Ontario? (more…)

Blue Drinks’ Beach Party in November
November 11, 2014

bluedrinks_poster_FINALLake Ontario Waterkeeper and Blue Drinks Toronto are kicking off the 14th Annual Great Lakes Beach Association Conference with a Welcome Social.

Recreational water users – we want you to join us!

People love beaches. But these dynamic ecosystems are also critical habitat and breeding areas for plants and animals.