Open Water Swimming Contacts and Places

Looking for somewhere to swim or someone to swim with in open water? Here is the place!

Contact to be added to this list

State City Place/Contact
Alabama Birmingham  Lake Purdy, every Saturday and Sunday (all day) April 30-October 31, John Brown (256)393-6315 or
California  Avila Beach  Sundays at 11am, contact more info on
California Huntington Beach  Steve Munatones, 714-305-7374,
California La Jolla Cove  La Jolla Swim Buddies,
California Malibu  Mitch Chupack, Zuma Beach
 E-mail, Telephone (818) 223-7500
California  Monterey   Kelp Krawlers.  They meet Sunday 11:15 AM at Lovers' Point, Pacific Grove, Tuesday 5:00 PM at Wharf II   and Friday at 5:45 PM at Wharf II.  Go to for more information.
California  Sacramento Sacramento Swimming Enthusiasts.
Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma.  This is a fun supportive group which meets every Thursday from April - October.  Various Open Water Swims,  1.0 - 3.1 miles.  Annual group donation $10.00  
California San  Francisco Swim Art groups meet at Aquatic Park on Monday evenings, 6:00/6:20 March 17-Oct 13, They have Wednesday night swims at Treasure Island, 6:30 PM, check schedule at $10 drop in fee. 
California San  Francisco. Swim Art has expedition swims, fun non-training swims at various locations in the Bay area.  Check schedule at for dates, places and fees. 
California Berkeley
 Swims in Berkeley at the Berkeley Marina. Sunday mornings 10 am year-round, and Tuesday evenings most of the year. The full schedule and pricing at:
California  Santa Barbara  Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association and Ocean Ducks offer informal group swims at the following times.   Sunday, Butterfly Beach, 9 AM.  Mon. Wed and Fri., Goleta Beach at 12 Noon.  Saturday, 9 AM at various locations. Website:  
Colorado Boulder Boulder Reservoir, Tuesday, Thursday,  6:10 - 7:40 AM starting May 27th until September 4th .  $15 drop in fee, passes available.  Go to  
Colorado Denver Chatfield Reservoir.  April 26th - Sept 27th 2008.  Monday and Wednesday evenings, 4:30 to 7:00 PM and Saturdays 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM usually from second week in May through September.  Masters registration required.  Parking fee in 2009 was $6.
Colorado Ft. Collins   Various Saturdays from May though September in Lindenmeir Lake.  Contact George Thornton for more   information email: or phone 970-482-1818. 
Colorado Littleton Bowles Reservoir, May – Aug.  Wednesday, Friday mornings from 5:30 - 7:00 a.m. (starts June 4th) Saturdays and Sundays from 7-9:30 a.m (starts May 17th).  MARKED COURSE WITH BUOYS SET UP ALL SEASON. Options to swim 1/2, 1, 2 and 2.4 mile courses. Go to and click on the open water swimming link for more information.  Drop in fee $15.  Season Pass and punch cards available. 
Colorado  Windsor Rockbridge Lake in Windsor, Colorado.  Mondays in the summer.  $10 drop in fee.
Florida  Boca Raton,  Southeast FL Randy Nutt, 954-821-3294.  Contact  
Florida Boca Raton

Monday’s 5:45pm – 7:00pm, Wednesday’s 6:45am - 8am, Palmetto & A1A, Boca Raton. map.   Buoys set each week to practice different swimming skills.  Open to swimmers of all levels but no lifeguards; swim at your own risk. Contact for more information.  Free for BRT members, $5 for non-members.

Florida   Clearwater Clearwater Beach, various days, usually evenings 4:30 to 6 PM.  Contact Jim Burton, 727-586-2254   
Florida  Coral Springs,  Southeast FL Randy Nutt, 954-821-3294.  Contact  
Florida Ft.  Lauderdale  Saturday, 9 - 10 AM.  Meet at the Hall of Fame.  Contact John Acton
Florida Jacksonville Beach Sunday at 9:00 a.m.  Meet at north end of fishing pier parking lot, 5th Ave. N. and 1st St.  We swim 1.25 miles with the current & return on foot.  (If the current is going from north to south, we walk first.)  Roundtrip swim is optional. Generally swim every Sunday when water temperature is above 70 F.
Florida Miami -Swim Gym in the Alper JCC, open water swimming every Saturday at 7AM at 8th St Miami Beach Saturdays and 7 AM at Hobie Beach on Key Biscayne Sundays, unless we have a swim meet to attend. Open Water Swimming also available by reservation during school year, Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM for training and/or teaching. More information, Contact Robert Strauss, Pool Address: 3601 Rickenbacker Causeway, Office # 305-361-3601, Main Office # 305-273-1129, Mobile # 305-283-6390
Florida  Miami  Oletta Park, North Miami Beach/Sunny Isles, 163rd street.  This is a buoyed off area in the bay, about 200 meters each crossing.   Week to week schedule, check
Florida Miami Beach Ocean swim, Sundays at 12 Street lifeguard stand, 11:00AM: May - November
 3:00PM: December - April.  Contact Jim Harper,  536 NE 128 St., N. Miami, FL 33161, cell 786-423-2665 (RUM-ICE-COOL) website:
Florida Orlando Lucky's Lake Swims.  Weekdays, 6:30 AM, Saturdays 7:45 AM. website:
Florida Orlando/Winter Park Open Water Training. Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm and Saturdays 8 am - 9 am. Visit website at and click on the Masters page or call Mark Canterbury, 407-844-5780.
Florida, Northwest Seagrove Beach

Jeffrey C. Ellis, 850.830.4180 (cell),

Florida  Venice  Gulf Beaches Open Water:   email:
Hawaii Oahu Saturdays 9:00 meet at Ala Moana Beach Park on the Diamond Head side.  Sundays 8:00 at Kaimana Beach, also known as San Souci Beach, (also the start of the annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim), right in front of the Banyan tree restaurant.  Check and click on weekly swims for updates and others swims at different times of the year. 
Hawaii Maui Sunday swims: 8:30ish start, S. Maluaka Beach, non-sanctioned, unguarded, at-you-own-risk swims 1.5-2 miles with lots of playtime and coral reef (sometimes elsewhere if bad swell or expected murky waters). Inquire at: County pools or Masters Swim Practices.
Hawaii Maui Sunday swims - 9am Old Airport Beach to Kaanapali Beach, 1-1.5 miles  (West side of Maui for those staying in Kaanapali/Kapalua/Lahaina - mostly over 30-50 feet sandy bottom). No Contact person
Illinois Carbondale, Southern IL  

Rick Walker, phone:  618-924-6988. e-mail:


Illinois  Evanston  Lee St. Beach.  Meet at Lifeguard Stands, May - Oct at sunrise, Contact Michelle Milne, shell4art@gmail
Illinois Chicago Chess Pavilion, north of Oak Street Beach, Ladder #1 around Sunrise on the weekend mornings.  Usually finished by 8:00 AM.  Contact Steve Hernan at or
Indiana Elkhart Simonton Lake, Lakeshore Grill Parking Lot, Tuesdays & Thursdays at 5:30 AM.  Saturdays @ 6:30 or 7:00 AM, Sundays at 7:15 AM. 
Contact: Paula Turk 574-293-1683
Maine Bath Various salt and fresh water in Midcoast area.  George McDonough.
Maine  Grey  Crystal Lake, Town Beach
Every day,  - 6:00 AM Start
2.2 mile round trip to far end of the lake.
Massachusetts  Boxford Stiles Pond, Town Beach
Every day  - Some start as early as 4:30 am.  Most start on the 1/2 hour beginning from 5:00 - 8:00 am.  1000 meters from beach to camp at far end of the lake.
Nevada  Las Vegas
Coached and kayak supported open water swims at Lake Mead. Intervals to exploration, we welcome swimmers of all levels. Contact Kara Robertson,
New Hampshire  Goffstown Glen Lake, Town Boat Launch
M - F 5:45 AM / 6:00 AM send off - Early May - Mid September
Loops possible: .4 mile (power lines and back) / 1 mile (to an "ironman dock & back) / 1.5 miles (ironman dock - cross lake - along far shore - return along power lines) / 1.7 miles (ironman dock - island - return)
New York Brooklyn Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers or CIBBOWS, Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM, Brighton Beach at Grimaldo's Lifeguard Chair, check website for season start at
New York Long Island  The "West-Neck Pod" swims regularly several mornings a week at West Neck Beach in Cold Spring Harbor and irregularly at other local Long Island beaches starting in June and ending when icicles form (usually late October-November).  Contact information, with group swims schedules posted on the blog ( and Facebook (
North Carolina  Jordon Lake  Twice a month, every 1st and 3rd Thursday at 6:00 or 6:30 PM.  Jordon Lake. Contact Marty Gaal at 407-256-2658 or e-mail at
Pennsylvania  Pittsburgh Darren Miller -  
Rhone Island  Smithfield  Georgiaville Pond, Tues and Thurs. starting 5:30 - 6:00 AM, Saturday at 7:30 AM.  Start in May.  Tuesday and Thursday end in Sept, Saturdays go through mid-October.  Contact Jorge Matesanz, email:
South Carolina   Tega Cay   Sunday mornings and holidays.  Times vary.   One mile out and back, shorter routes available. 
 with Rock Hill Masters.  Contact:  Cheryl Reinke,
Tennessee  Chattanooga  
Wednesday evening at 5:30pm, from mid-April through October (depending upon weather and water temperature).  Group meets at Coolidge Park, under the Market Street bridge, on the north shore of the Tennessee River.
Texas   Houston  288 Lake.  Tuesday through Friday, 3 PM to 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday 8 AM to 6 PM. or at
Utah  Salt Lake City  Various lakes, times & places.  Go to or contact Josh Green at
Virginia  Haymarket Open water Swimming at Haymarket, Virginia. Millbrook Quarry. Swimming is from 2:30 to 4:30 PM on Sunday afternoons, Mid-April - September.  $25 fee, wetsuits required.  More information at:
Washington  Seattle/Kent Training at Lake Meridian: June 24 – August 19. Wednesday nights, 6:30 PM. 
Washington    Seattle   Embrace life, challenge yourself, and have fun with small-group swim excursions this season.  Spectacular urban or wilderness scenery awaits.  Into and registrations at
Washington  Federal Way

Open Water Swimming: Angle Lake - SeaTac WA, 5 Mile Lake and Steel Lake - Federal Way WA  Swim Team, Triathlete and Open Water Training.  or email:  $15.00 drop in fee or $60 punch card for 5 visits. 

Wisconsin Wisconsin Rapids or Josh Hasenohrl,
 E-mail for information about days/times to swim in Lake Wazeecha.
Country, Ireland Cork (South coast)
Swim contacts in Ireland:
Ned Denison, Phone:  +353 87 987 1573 email:,  available for info about other Irish and European swims if someone can't find out any other information.