With the weather getting warmer people are beginning to swim outside.  Here’s a couple of spots where you can meet up with swimmers to train in the open water.  If you are new to open water swimming, please be aware that the groups prefer you wear a bright colored swim cap or orange training buoy to help everyone look out for each other.  Something like this – Swim Buoy.

If you are new to open water swimming and want to join a friendly outdoor group swimming in an environment that is welcoming and where the conditions are not as challenging, check out the Georgiaveille Pond Tri Training Group Facebook page.  Swimmers are frequently posting when they are swimming and it’s great place to literally get your feet wet as you move from the pool to open water.  I believe someone posted recently that the temperature in the pond is currently about70 degrees.

Georgiaville Pond Tri Training Group | Facebook

Starting in June, when the water gets a little warmer, if you feel like you want to try to some salt water swimming in a more challenging environment (potential for waves and current) there are groups that swim in the mornings at the Barrington Town Beach. Quite often it’s calm in the morning, but occasionally, depending on the wind, it can be a little more difficult. This is where I like to go.  I try to get down 3 days a week or so at 7:30am starting in mid-June.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/216842328944513/  – Barrington Beach Swims Group

Also, if you are closer to the South County area, you may want to check out Fred Bartlett’s group.  Information can be found using the link below.

Pools – SwimRI

Daria Szkwarko would also like organize an open water swim group at Goddard Park.  Possibly every other week on Friday mornings around 6:30am starting in June. Parking is free at the beach area and distances will be flexible as it’s a back and forth swim parallel to the beach.  The area is very shallow and protected and it can be a great place to practice open water swimming if you are new to it.

Please let Daria know if you’re interested.  You can email her at, szkwarkd@gmail.com.

I hope this helps.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Ron P.