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Your Swim Guide for summer

This summer the NCA wants to introduce you to the Swim Guide!

The Lake Burley Griffin Summer Recreational Season begins on 14 October  2017 and the Lake Burley Griffin Challenge Cup and Water Week will signal that Lake Burley Griffin is open for the summer.

The NCA will now be using the free Swim Guide App, and Swim Guide website, to advise the public about the water quality of Lake Burley Griffin, and its suitability for swimming. The App has over 7,000 international beaches and recreational sites globally and Lake Burley Griffin will be the first in Australia to be part of the Swim Guide. The App is available for iPhone and Android and is free to download.

It will be easier than ever to find a swimmable beach this recreational season. Simply visit the Swim Guide website (www.theswimguide.org) or download the free Swim Guide App. Based on your location, your closest beaches will be displayed with water quality information, site details and a map. So simple!

The NCA undertakes rigorous water quality sampling and analysis throughout the recreational season (mid-October to mid-April) across nine locations, to advise users of the suitability of the water for swimming and other recreational activities. Each week the Swim Guide will be updated with the most current water quality information, so you can be sure to find a great location to go swimming this summer.

Each week during the recreational season Lake water from nine locations is sampled and analysed in accordance with the ACT Guidelines for Recreational Water Quality. These sites are:

  • Grevillea Beach (East Basin)
  • Captain Cook Memorial Jet (Central Basin)
  • Acton Beach (Ferry Terminal)
  • Lotus Bay; Yarralumla Beach
  • Yarralumla Bay
  • Weston Park East
  • Weston Park West, and
  • Black Mountain Beach.

The NCA investigated using the Surf Life Saving Australia Beachsafe App, however, as the Beachsafe App provides information about patrolled beaches and surf conditions, such as rips and high tides, we decided it wasn't quite the right fit for Lake Burley Griffin, and so we've chosen to be part of the free Swim Guide App.

All the information you'll ever need about where to swim and the quality of the water in Lake Burley Griffin can be found at the Swim Guide website www.theswimguide.org/ or you can download the free App.

Swimmer at Lake Burley Griffin