Open Water Practice Swims


We are pleased to offer the opportunity to practice open water swimming at such a low cost. These swims are designed to give newer to advanced swimmers an open water venue to practice swimming. We do not provide coaching at these practices but feel free to bring your own. Test a new wetsuit, swim with other people, learn to navigate without lap lanes, learn to sight buoys and make turns, measure your speed, and get comfortable in open water.


Read Below for information on Practice Swims
at Fort Ritchie in Lake Royer, Cascade, MD

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Open water swimming is strictly prohibited in Lake Royer unless organized by Racine MultiSports.

Check out this video on up and coming swim practices.

Swim Dates:

April 25- Tuesday- from 6pm to 7:30pm
May 2- Tuesday- from 6pm to 7:30pm
May 7- Sunday- from 9am to 10:30am
May 14- Sunday- from 9am to 10:30am
May 23- Tuesday- from 6pm to 7:30pm
June 1- Thursday- from 6pm to 7:30pm
June 8- Thursday- from 6pm to 7:30pm

more swims will be scheduled later!

Lake Royer
(host of Fort Ritchie Triathlon and Swim Fest at Fort Ritchie)

Fort Ritchie
14421 Lake Royer Drive
Cascade, MD 21719

$10.00 online pre-register (no money will be taken during online registration)
$15.00 onsite same day

All payments will be taken at the swim.
Payment can be credit card, cash, or check. Small credit card fee will apply.

Rental Program

Wetsuit Wearhouse now has a wetsuit rental program!

The Swim Practices are sponsored by Wetsuit Wearhouse, located in Williamsport, MD off of Rt. 81, exit 1. Mention that we sent you and receive a discount for on-line and in-store purchases! You can try on wetsuits in their retail store!

Course Map

Fort Ritchie is private property and Racine MultiSports has exclusive rights to use the lake for these swims.  Swimming is otherwise prohibited in Lake Royer outside of our organized practice swims.

Caution: These swims are “at your own risk”.  We do not provide lifeguards or emergency medical support during these practice swims. You must use your own judgement on what you can handle with respect to water conditions and your ability to swim in open water.

New Open Water Swimmers:  We invite new open water swimmers to practice with us.  We require that you are comfortable swimming laps in a pool before trying open water swimming.  Keep in mind we do not have lifeguards at our practice swims.  We will require you to wear a flotation device (Swimmer Safety Pod) so that we can see you. It will also give you flotation to hang on to any time you might need it.  The pod does not alter your swimming but floats behind you providing visibility and safety. The lake has a shallow section that you can practice in before heading out to deeper water.  We thank our friends at Meet Supplies for providing us with the Swimmer Safety Pod.

Water Conditions:  The water in Lake Royer is clean and is usually free of underwater vegetation.  The lake is treated throughout the year to keep vegetation to a minimum.  Water temperatures will vary and once the water temp is over 65 degrees wetsuits will not be required.

Course:  The swim course changes based on the number of confirmed swimmers.  Course will be an out and back loop, either 150 meters or 300 meters around, swimming in a counter-clockwise direction.  The olympic distance swim is either 10 laps of the 150 course or 5 laps of the 300 lap course.

Services Offered:
-Swim course length varies depending on number of swimmers
-Turn buoys to practice sighting
-Kayaker with flotation aide (no life guards or emergency medical)
-Water for hydration
-Restrooms and Showers – Access to Community Center locker rooms after swim (except Holidays)
-Swim Caps if you do not have your own
-Water time will be 1.5 hours

-Only Racine MultiSports can organize the swims
-Swim caps must be worn for safety
-Must sign a waiver upon arriving (if you did not register on-line)
-Do not enter the water until authorized

-Register ahead of time to confirm your spot
-Visit the Community Center for rest rooms
-Park at the lake (see Map above)
-Arrive at the lake at least 30 minutes prior to swim time
-Sign waiver, pay and receive your swim cap at the lake

Ken:   301-991-0461