Swim Guide 4+

Swim Drink Fish Canada

Designed for iPhone

    • 4.4 • 18 Ratings
    • Free

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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 8,000 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 2019, Swim Guide is the most popular beach information service in the world, with over 4-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 8,000+ 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 3.5.2

- Added temperature gauge to beaches that have the necessary equipment.

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

thefrontcrawler ,

The most useful app I have

Swim Guide is an essential app for anyone who loves to spend time on the water. Not only does it help you find the best beaches around the world but also provides important water quality information for them. Amazing!!

moopsiemoomoo ,


August 25 last e. coli count from the city for Kew Beach was 342/100ml and this stupid app says the beach is safe. This is not the first time. DON'T USE THIS APP IT IS NOT SAFE

Hope2148 ,

Underwhelming For My Needs

Thank you for this awesome app! It’s a great mapping tool for seeing beach statuses at a glance but it doesnt meet my full needs. Info Page: Misleading statement on website “Compare real-time and historical water quality information”. The info page could be overhauled and show the last reported ecoli count and a history of the last 3 ecoli counts. Right now its a useless copy pasted space waster for every beach. The copy pasted information could be placed at a central location instead. Map: The map could also use a setting that shows the ecoli counts in order to quickly see the specific counts at various beaches in the area. Tap a location for a summary blurb without jumping into the full screen information page. Navigation: I found the controls confusing. On iOS swiping on the left screen edge usually brings you back to what you were previously doing. In the case for the app it opens the main menu which gets me every time since I like swiping through things quickly. It feels janky tapping a location on the map then having to aim tapping Map on the top left corner to go back. I suggest changing the swipe action to be “back” and putting a menu button elsewhere. Conclusion: Looking at the raw open data at recreationalwater.ca is currently more useful to me than using the app due to detailed ecoli counts and date tested. I hope the ecoli counts can eventually be incorporated into the app.

App Privacy

The developer, Swim Drink Fish Canada, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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