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. Michael July 28, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Do you sell swim caps at the shop?

    • usnwcadmin July 28, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Hey Michael, yes we have swim caps available in Outfitters.

  2. Ward July 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    is there an age limit on who can swim? I have an 11year old youth year round swimmer with USA swimming, who has done open water swims before

    • usnwcadmin July 21, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Hello Ward, your child would require parental supervision to participate in the swim and to sign an Acknowledgement of Risk form prior to participating in Open Water Swim.

  3. wesley June 9, 2016 at 11:40 am

    what is the course distance?

    • usnwcadmin June 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Hey Wesley, one lap is approximately 750 meters.

  4. Tara Hunt May 30, 2016 at 6:49 am

    It would be a great programming addition to have lifeguard supervised open water swim sessions offered at USNWC. Currently Swimmers who want to train for triathlons do so at their own risk as there are no lifeguards offered. Looking for an opportunity to train in open water, but do not want to take this risk without supervision. Suggest 1-2 hour window weekly May-Sept. Many triathletes interested in this please.

  5. Rachel Walters May 23, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    Is the water still cold enough for wetsuits at this point? I need to get some practice in, but also don’t want to freeze!

    • usnwcadmin May 25, 2016 at 10:23 am

      Hey Rachel, the water is still below 70 degrees on average currently if you’d like to use a wetsuit.

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