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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.

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.