Chatting @WLU on our Great Lakes

We had the chance this morning to chat with some great Geography and Environmental Studies students at Wilfrid Laurier University, about the challenges facing our Great Lakes, and how we plan to help some of the fantastic people who confront those challenges every day. Thank you Tracey Ehl!

Four months later …

… and I still have vivid memories of being out on the lake that beautiful night. Bryan Finlay sent us an update the other day from Solo Swims Ontario, with a picture of the updated plaque.

Seeing this is so humbling. It’s such an honour to join this extraordinary group of swimmers, starting with Marilyn Bell first setting the route with her incredible swim in 1954. Truly Honoured!


Winter Solstice sunrise swim 2016

A fun way to welcome the sun after the winter solstice, and to keep pushing our vision of the Great Lakes as a continuing source of adventure and inspiration, even watersheds as challenged by industrialization and urbanization as those along the shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario. #SwimDrinkFish along the Oakville Shore at Coronation Park.

screen-shot-2016-12-28-at-8-58-18-pm… and we weren’t alone: the team from the Courage Polar Bear dip were in the lake before us, promoting their amazing efforts for clean water around the world – check them out, and be sure to join their famous polar bear dip on January 1st and support efforts to ensure access to clean water across Africa and the Americas!

A Day and Night in a Cold Great Lake!

Another season, another crazy swim adventure!

Once again we are swimming to raise funds for the Great Lakes Trust, and to raise awareness for groups like Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, the Bay Area Restoration Council, the Great Lakes Commons, the Greatness project …

… and this is an adventure that you’ll definitely want to be a part of!

Madhu Nagaraja has a plan, and he’s talked several of us into it: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper is in, along with a bunch of awesome Great Lakes Swimmers (including the current youngest Lake Ontario crosser and youngest Canadian English Channel swimmer, Trinity Arsenault).

The plan: a twenty-four hour relay at Oakville Coronation Park, back and forth from the beach to the deep-channel buoy (about 1500m round trip).

First swimmer jumps at 9am on Saturday, November 12th, and we finish up 24hrs later.

How many swimmers? How long in the water each leg? how many times will each swimmer get in?

That all depends on you! Come on out and get in or on the water with us!

The water is cold, no getting around that: two weeks ago it was 13-14C out at the buoy, and this weekend it was about 12C on Saturday and 13C on Sunday. So, while some of us will be swimming “naked” (i.e. just swim trunks, cap and goggles) we’re welcoming wetsuit swimmers, as well as paddlers to join us.

We need to do this quickly if we want to be swimming in cold rather than frigid water, thus the rush to get this organized now and to be in the Lake next weekend.

If you can spare an hour or two somewhere in that 24hr window, you need to be there!

Again, we’re doing this in part with an eye to fundraising for the Great Lakes Trust. We’re currently at about $9.5K and we still have a long way to go to make the Trust viable, but we’re getting there, and every little bit helps!

A great chat with SwapTalk in Fergus, Ontario

This past week I had the pleasure of chatting with Rob Dutton and McKim Ecclestone on their Tuesday evening show SwapTalk on TheGrand@101FM.

You can listen to some extended excerpts of our conversation here.

Topics include: our recent Lake Ontario crossing, the state of the lakes, and our recent whirlwind tour swimming a mile in each of the Great Lakes in one long day.screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-12-47-29-pm.