“Around Chandos Lake” Swim Challenge

woman swimming

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:


  1. Sign up as an individual or member of a team (family, cottage, friends)*
  2. Swim (Swimming responsibly at all times. e.g. with a spotter, never alone.)
  3. Keep track of your distance in metres (as accurately as possible, rounding up when necessary)
  4. 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

Any questions? Email info@clpoa.ca.