Port Stanley, ON, July 31, 2019 - On Saturday, August 3rd, a keen group of swimmers
of all ages will be taking to the waters of Lake Erie as part of the
Lake Erie: Try An Open Water Swim event at Port Stanley. The event is part
of the Canadian Freshwater Alliance’s Explore the Thames series,
which has brought Londoners a variety of unique experiences and shone a spotlight
on the key environmental issues that our precious lakes and rivers face. Making
the connection to local waters through these events is an important first step in
the conversation about the health of the Thames River and Lake Erie, and the conservation
efforts to protect them.
The Lake Erie Open Water Swim event will be held in partnership with Josh Reid,
South West Ontario Open Water Swim. Reid is a coach, race organizer, and
seasoned swimmer who has completed open water swims up to 25kms in length. Last
year he organized a
24-hour swim to highlight the health of Lake Erie.
The sport of open water swimming is a wonderful and invigorating experience, but
does pose some unique dangers not initially apparent if you are more used to swimming
in a pool. Risks can include strong waves and currents, limited visibility in the
water, disorientation, unexpected temperature changes, and poor water quality due
to toxic algae blooms and E. coli. Fortunately, Reid will teach the group how to
identify and address these challenges during his tutorial before the 400m open water
race course is opened to the swimmers.
Explore the Thames is made possible thanks to the support of the Ontario Trillium
When – Saturday, August 24, 2019
10:30 a.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. Open water instruction and course swimming
12:30 a.m. Approximate end time
Where – Port Stanley Main Beach
348 Edith Cavell Blvd, Port Stanley
About the CANADIAN FRESHWATER ALLIANCE (freshwateralliance.ca): The Canadian
Freshwater Alliance builds, connects and supports freshwater initiatives across
Canada. We work with NGOs, community groups, governments and businesses to strengthen
citizen voices and participation in protecting our lakes and rivers. We are a project
of Tides Canada’s shared platform (http://tidescanada.org/).