Fort Ritchie Open Water Practice Swims

Practice swims are back at Fort Ritchie for the 2022 season. Please see the initial dates below.

Important Disclaimer

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.

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.

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 new open water swimmers to wear a flotation device (New Wave Swim Buoy) so that we can see you. It will also give you flotation to hang on to any time you might need it.  The buoy 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 New Wave Swim Buoy for providing us with the New Wave Swim Buoys.



Registration and Check In Process

Registration will be online only, NO REGISTRATION AT THE PRACTICE SWIM.

Cost is $20.00 plus a registration fee of $2.50.  The cost to produce these swims is high (water testing, insurance, supplies, labor).

All registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Check-In for these swims is required and will be down at the lake. Look for the canopy.

Swim Dates

If you are interested in a date that is sold out please use the Wait List button below to be added to the list. If we have cancellations or if we can expand the swim session size we will pull those of you off the Wait List first! There is no payment to be on the list. If a spot opens you will get an email inviting you to take it. You will have 12 hours to sign up or decline. If you do not respond the offer goes away after 12 hours and goes to the next person in line.

Practice Swim 1:
Sunday, May 8, 2022
9:00am to 10:30am


Practice Swim 2:
Sunday, May 22, 2022
9:00am to 10:30am

Air temp was 75-80 degrees. Water temp was 73 degrees.

Practice Swim 3:
Sunday, June 12, 2022
9:00am to 10:30am

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Practice Swim 4:
Sunday, July 17, 2022
9:00am to 10:30am

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Practice Swim 5:
Saturday, July 23, 2022
9:00am to 10:30am

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These rules are designed for your health and safety as well as those around you. They must be followed! Your failure follow the rules could result in you being prohibited from participating, losing of your entry fee, and/or shutting down our swims. This plan requires everyone to do their part!

  1. Do not participate if you are feeling sick or have a fever
  2. Bathrooms will be available at the community center. We recommend using them when you arrive before driving down to the lake. The bathrooms are not inside the center, there are accessed from the patio and are single serve. Please limit your time in the bathroom since we only have 2.
  3. Parking must be in designated parking spots (NO PARKING ON GRASS or in front of the Lakeside Hall building).
  4. If you plan to bike or run after the swim, you must move your car up to the Community Center parking lot.

Swim Course Details

Course Map

Swim Course:

We will have two course options. First, we will have a looped course measuring 225 meters in a triangle shape with buoys on each corner. Second, a shorter course that is 75 meters out and back, 150 meters round trip. Swimmers can swim as many loops as they wish within the 1.5 hour time limit. Please refer to the map for a visual for the short course.

Water Quality:

The water is tested each season to ensure E. coli levels are safe for swimming. The tolerance for safe swimming at 125 part per million.  This lake has never had a reading above 50 parts per million. However, even though the water test is good, this lake is prone to under water vegetation that can reach the surface. We will try to work around this but cannot guarantee vegetation free water.

Water Temperature:

The water temperature will vary throughout the season. We expect the temps to be in the 60’s for our first swim. Always bring a wetsuit to our swims just in case. As you arrive the water temp will be posted.

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We thank our long time sponsor, Wetsuit Wearhouse, for their continued support in providing a 15% discount on top quality wetsuits to our fans and followers. They also rent wetsuits (see above). Contact them to schedule a fitting at their store in Williamsport, MD, or buy online. Make sure you mention Racine MultiSports to get your discount!

Wetsuit Wearhouse
400 South Conococheague St
Williamsport, MD 21795 US
Customer Service: (866)-906-7848

New Wave Swim Buoy is a Trusted Companion for Open Water Swimmers.
It provides:
– Visibility in Open Water
– Safe Place to Float and Rest
– Storage for Personal Items

To Purchase your own:

Use promo code “LurayTri” at checkout for 10% on any New Wave Swim Buoy including swag (swim cap, phone pouch, towels, visors, keychains).