An estimated 3.5 million people get sick each year after swimming in natural water bodies containing harmful bacteria and pollution, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). On average, after swimming in a natural water source like a lake or a coastal beach, you have an estimated 3%-8% chance of getting sick. Your risk of falling ill depends on a number of factors, such as your age, the health of your immune system, the concentration of contaminants in the water, and the amount of contact you have with the water.

Starting the summer of 2017, Flow Swimmers is excited to collaborate with the University of Montana's Flathead Lake Biological Research Station and the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes on THE SWIM GUIDE PROJECT to sample and monitor the recreational water quality of Polson's three designated swim beaches.  Our goal is to reduced the risk of water-borne illnesses due to open water swimming.


The Swim Guide is a website and smartphone app for iPhoneŽ and Android. It helps you easily find your closest beaches, know at a glance which ones are safe for swimming, and share your love of beaches with friends and family.  Download the free APP here:  THE SWIM GUIDE.


Thanks to our generous sponsors for their support of this important work!

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