Open Water Swim

Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding aren’t the only ways to enjoy the Catawba River at the USNWC. Open Water Swim takes place every Thursday night in May through September from 6:30-8:00pm at the flatwater docks, offering guests a chance to work on their strokes before enjoying an evening of live music at River Jam.

  • Open Water Swim is a lap-based swim and is intended for swimmers focused on training and conditioning in open water.
  • This program is not intended for recreational swimming (ie: playing in the water).
  • Swimmers should be confident in their own abilities in the water as this is a self-assisted activity (no water safety personnel on duty).
  • In order to participate, swimmers are required to bring their own brightly colored swim cap.
  • Open Water Swim takes place on Thursday evenings in May through September.


  • 6:30 PM – Open Water Swim begins
    • Meet at the Old Flatwater Dock for participation


Additional Event Info:

  • All participants must sign the USNWC Waiver before participating
  • Locker rooms and shower facilities are located at the main USNWC River Center
  • All guests are required to pay a $5 parking fee at the USNWC unless guest has an annual parking pass. Annual parking passes are available through the USNWC for $40

Questions / Comments

  1. Jennifer September 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Can you swim off the dock anytime?

    • usnwcadmin September 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Hello Jennifer, we do not allow or condone swimming in the Catawba River except during the Open Water Swim sessions on Thursday evenings.

  2. Smita August 21, 2016 at 7:46 pm

    What is the water temperature currently? Thanks!

    • Jimmy Lawler August 22, 2016 at 10:26 am

      Hey Smita,
      The current water temperature is 74 degrees Fahrenheit.

      • Smita August 24, 2016 at 11:33 pm


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