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It's summer! Get out of the pool and into the lake!

CVOWS is for swimmers who want to get out of the pool and into the outdoors this summer. We'll be exploring Lake Champlain and other lakes in the area with swimmers who are non-competitive, and who appreciate the beauty and freedom of open water and want to share it with others. Competitive swimmers are welcome, but our swims will be low-key and will be more about the open water experience than technique and speed.

What kinds of swims will we be doing? Swimmers will be sharing their favorite places to swim in Lake Champlain and other lakes. We will be posting the swims as the group grows. For safety reasons, we'll be staying away from busy areas and swim along the shore, mostly.

How far will we be swimming? A mile, two miles, whatever people want to do.

Will there be support boats? No, we'll just be swimming by ourselves. It's expected that group members will be strong swimmers with no health problems that would prevent them from swimming a mile or two in open water.

Never been open water swimming before? No problem! If you can swim a mile or so in the pool, you should be able to adjust to open water, and the group will be there to encourage you along.

I don't live in the area, can I still join? Yes!! If you're going to be in the area this summer on vacation or visiting friends or relatives and want to swim with us, please join our group and keep up to date on our swims.

Release: Open Water Swimming is a fantastic experience, but you need to be aware of potential problems. So please read the below information carefully. If you agree with it, you can join our group activities. A similar disclaimer is listed at

As a condition of your voluntary participation in this activity you acknowledge and agree to the following: this activity involves inherent risks that can cause injury, illness, disability, and/or death to participants; you assume all risk associated with this activity; you are responsible for having the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and equipment to safely participate in this activity; the leader(s) of this activity are volunteers; and you release, hold harmless, and indemnify the leader(s) and all members of this group from any and all claims for injury, illness, disability, and/or death - including those caused by negligence and/or other reasons.

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