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Swim Guide is a website and smartphone app for iPhone® and iPod touch®. 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

What's New

Version 3.3

- Brand-new design
- Expanded search allows you to look up beaches by name, city, region, etc.
- Improved navigation of beach options
- New water quality status icons for current, historical, and special recreational water quality
- Upgraded pollution reporting tool
- Connect directly with the local affiliate managing your favourite beach
- New sponsor page
- Improved integration with the new Swim Guide website

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5

14 Ratings

14 Ratings

What a great tool to have!


This is a handy little, simple to use app to quickly check the conditions of your local beach or one you plan to be going to on vacation. It provides specific information on the water quality based on the most up to date data available and then feeds it right to your phone!

Water pollution affects most water bodies around the country especially after major storms and discharges. This was a great idea and I commend the Waterkeeper organization for developing this program and for the critical work they do protecting this countries and the worlds waterways. They truly are the voice of the worlds waters!



I have been using this app since it launched in 2011, and each version gets better and better- version 2.20's new features are brilliant- and the corresponding website just received a facelift I see! This is the app I always use to keep me and my family informed about the state of my local water bodies and favourite beaches. I feel better knowing that my family is swimming in safe waters, and whenever I leave Vancouver and travel to Florida, New York or California, I use it regularly to check in on the state of the local waters I visit. Tremendous value!

Love this APP! Why Swim In Dirty Water!


Use it every time I am planning a trip to the beach. The Swim Guid is constantly adding locations and how else would you know if the water quality was bad on a particular day before you ventured out to the beach, call the department of water?

Good luck with that! So much easier to use this app that gives you up to the minute data on the location your looking for.
Highly recommend having on your phone at all times!


Krystyn Tully
15.8 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2017 Swim Drink Fish Canada


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