Swim Guide

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About this app

** As seen on USA Today, CBC, CBC Radio, Radio Canada, Huffington Post, LA Times, Water Canada, ABC News, Men's Journal, National Post, and Mashable. **

Swim Guide is a website and smartphone app for iPhone® and Android. Swim Guide delivers free up-to-date water quality information for over 7,000 beaches, lakes, rivers, and swimming holes in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, the Bahamas, Australia and New Zealand.

Swim Guide provides you with current recreational water quality information for your favourite beaches and swimming holes. Every beach is marked with a Green or Red icon so you know when the water at your favourite beach is clean for swimming and when the water quality is failed to recreational water quality criteria.

As of 2018, Swim Guide is the most popular beach information service in the world, with nearly 2-million all time users.

Finding a beach with clean, swimmable water for you and your family is easy with Swim Guide:

- Find the cleanest closest beaches to you by browsing the map or by searching
- Beach descriptions tell you about amenities, lifeguards, where to park, and everything else you need to know to enjoy a day at the beach.
- Green icon tells you your beach passed water quality tests
- Red icon tells you the water quality failed water quality test
- Date/time stamp tells you when a water quality status was last updated in Swim Guide
- Historical status tells you percentage of time that a beach passed water quality tests in the last year
- Source information section tells you who samples the water at each beach and what recreational water quality guidelines apply
- Discover a wide variety of beaches, ranging from city parks to remote lakes ideal for camping
- Get directions to the beach of your choice
- Bookmark your favourite beaches for easy access
- Use the app to share beaches with your friends and family
- Original descriptions of 7,000 different beaches, so you can learn a bit of history and geography as you explore

Get involved! Use the Swim Guide to report pollution, support your local water organizations, and learn about the issues facing your homewaters.

Swim Guide is the only charity app of its kind, made by Swim Drink Fish Canada (formerly Lake Ontario Waterkeeper).

Visit us online for more info: www.theswimguide.org
Updated on
Aug 29, 2023

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Ratings and reviews

159 reviews
A Google user
June 19, 2019
Great concept. But, I don't know how trustworthy it is: I've seen mis-matches between the online map icon and the info one gets when they click on the icon (website)...and also mis-matches between the info/rating for a place on the website versus the phone app. When one says the place is green/safe...and the other red/not safe...which are we meant to believe? Defeats the purpose/usefulness of the app. Were this fixed, it would be 5*.
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Melissa Messenger
July 18, 2020
Best app idea! Now I'm not scared to swim in a lake. This helped the family to find a beautiful, safe environment without the fear of contracting ear infections and such the following days. Knowing the beaches that test well consistently gave us all a fearless day of fun that we were able to completely prepare for our needs and itinerary in advance thanks to the thorough explanation of the resources and amenities available. Definitely made for a stress-free outing.
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arthur pappas
November 12, 2023
Opens to a frozen page with nothing to click on. I discovered the web version of this app & noticed some highly suspicious beach ratings which leads me to believe the data cannot be trusted.
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