Open-water swimming, or swimming in the open water (i.e. rivers, creeks, inlets, oceans, etc.), does not sound like a profound or rare concept; however, to some degree it is. Once access to swimming pools became readily available to the public, the need to use our natural waterways as a place to swim became a bit unnecessary.
Luckily there have been a core group of loyal, open-water swimmers in every community that have helped to maintain the tradition of using our waterways as they should: as a playground. Not only is it a great way to enjoy the natural resources that we have at our fingertips, but it’s a great opportunity to get out there in the natural environment, away from the florescent lights and smell of chlorine.
Brett Carlson, founder and organizer of ECOthon, and Sarah Mooney, a local open-water swim enthusiast, have recently approached Charleston Waterkeeper with an idea of creating a weekly open-water swim clinic. The idea: to get more people out in our waterways for exercise, and to provide a platform to shed light on the issues degrading the quality of our waterways – our natural swimming pools.
So, regardless of your age or ability, come on out every Friday for an open-water swim. Click here for more details.
When: Fridays at 6pm
Where: Sullivans Island Station 29
Cost: $10 (proceeds to benefit ECOthon and Charleston Waterkeeper)
I’m sure you’re asking, “how do I sign up?” Well, wait no further. We have the answer… Contact Brett at ECOthon@gmail.com.