Open Water

OPEN WATER SWIM GROUPS

The following is based on prior years' schedules and/or recent updates. Current schedules/protocols may vary.

WARNING: Open water swimming is AT YOUR OWN RISK. You are responsible for your own safety. Be smart, introduce yourself and inform others of your ability, understand the risks and potential hazards, wear a bright-colored swim cap, use a Safer Swimmer or New Wave buoy, and always have a swim buddy. When in doubt, coordinate your own support vessel. Just because others are doing something does not mean you should!

SwimRI and Barrington Beach Swims Group @ Barrington Town Beach (map / conditions). More recreational and triathlete-oriented group Mondays 6pm. Weather allowing, a smaller SwimRI group meets Wed/Fri ~6:00am and a larger group on Saturdays 7:30am, or as arranged between local swimmers. No swimming fee, but beach parking charges apply 8am-5pm.

Summer pool practices at Kendbrin Swim & Tennis Club in Riverside are Tu/Thu/Sunday mornings (starting June 20, 2021) but some people opt to swim at Barrington Beach those days.

Narragansett Ocean Swimming Enthusiasts (NOSE) @ Narragansett Town Beach (map / surf report) and other South County venues. OW swims start in late spring in the Upper Pond of the Pettaquamscutt River (a.k.a. Narrow River) tidal inlet, then transition to ocean swims at NTB as the ocean warms. Up to 80 people per swim during mid summer. Read the September 9, 2013 Providence Journal article. WARNING: At NTB avoid the submerged, sharp-edged barge in shallow water near the surface, especially during low tide.

Presumed summer schedule: Sunday 7:30am (larger group), Mon & Wed 6:00pm (earlier after Labor Day), Fri 7:30am, plus ad hoc early morning swims (EMS) as posted by swimmers on the NOSE/SSS Swimmers Facebook group page.

See the SwimTriRunMan website for swim updates/recaps.

Mackerel Cove Swimming @ Mackerel Cove (Jamestown Town Beach) in Jamestown (map / water temp). Contact: Mike Garr at mikegarr@msn.com

Potter Cove in Jamestown (map). During summer a small open water group led by Lou Sardelli has traditionally swum at 6:30am on weekdays and 7:30am on weekends, weather allowing. Kent County Y Masters Coach Christina Lorenson also coordinates group swims most weekdays at 6:30am (MWF 6am extra-distance option) and 4:00pm and weekends at 7:30am via https://riseandswim.wildapricot.org. There may be overlap between the two groups, with some people just showing up and others signing up for each swim online ostensibly to notify others that they plan to attend.

Sachuest Ocean Swimmers (SOS) @ Second Beach and Third Beach in Middletown (map / surf report). Contact: Paul Dow at pauldow53@icloud.com

Georgiaville Pond Tri Training Group in Smithfield (map / forecast). Tues/Thurs 5:45am most weeks,Saturdays 7:30am, Sundays 8:00am. Other, ad hoc swims posted on the Facebook page. Contact Jorge Matesanz for more info about this GPTTG group or Scott Reina about other Georgiaville Pond group swims. Read the May 21, 2019 Only In Your State article. Per Jorge, these swims relocate to Spring Lake in Burrillville if there is algae bloom at the pond, but the town has installed an aerator fountain to combat the bloom.

Powers Lake and Long Pond Swim Group in East Lyme and Ledyard, CT, respectively. Occasional ad hoc swims at other venues (e.g., Williams Beach Park in Mystic) may also be posted in this Facebook group. Contact: Sarah Dombrowski. There is some crossover between this Facebook Group and the Nutmeg Masters Swim Team Facebook Group. Nutmeg Masters is coached by Cecilia Emblidge.

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