At 55 km of shoreline, it probably isn’t feasible for many swimmers to swim around Chandos Lake – over a week, let alone a summer.
But as we learned in the summer of 2019, if we work together as a team, tracking our cumulative swimming distances, we can do it! Over 100 swimmers ranging in age from 3 to 80 – including three generations of some families and 15 Teams – participated in this fun and healthy activity and swam a total of 928 KM – equal to almost 17 times around Chandos!
That’s what the 2nd Annual “Around Chandos Lake” Swim Challenge is all about. Whether you’re swimming freestyle or the dog paddle, a kilometre or a few metres, at your cottage or Chandos Beach – everyone, and any age, can jump in and join the fun!
There are four simple steps to participate:
- Sign up as an individual or member of a team (family, cottage, friends)*
- Swim (Swimming responsibly at all times. e.g. with a spotter, never alone.)
- Keep track of your distance in metres (as accurately as possible, rounding up when necessary)
- Submit your total distance for the week using the honour system. (Each Friday, participants submit their total swimming distance for the previous 7 days using an online form that they receive when they sign up.)
*Swimmers are welcome to sign up anytime throughout the summer – even if you’re only here for a few weekends, a short rental period, or a 2-week vacation. All distances, no matter how small, will help us swim “around” Chandos Lake.
Date: Swimming distances will be tracked for 70 days from Sat. June 27 at 7:00 am to Fri. Sept. 4 at 7:00 pm
Sat. June 27 – Kick-off /Info table at the Chandos Lake Art Festival
Sat. Sept. 5 – Results will be announced at the Chandos Lake Corn & Wiener Roast
What counts as participation?
- As long as your arms and/or legs are moving, any style can be used – Freestyle, Breaststroke, Backstroke, Butterfly, Dog-paddle – assisted by fins, swim noodles, flutter boards, life jackets, water wings
- Face in or out of the water, with or without goggles or swim mask
What doesn’t count as participation?
- Dipping your toe in the water
- Floating on an air mattress
- Swimming in a pool or another lake