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Located in Chesterfield County, SwimRVA serves the Greater Richmond area as a catalyst for regional aquatics and community-wide focus on water safety, health & fitness, sports tourism and competitive swimming.  We offer swimming lessons, water aerobics, aqua running, water polo, CPR & lifeguard certification courses, masters swimming, warm water therapy pool, land fitness classes, and youth triathlon training.

Check out Courtney Paulk's amazing CATALINA SIMW!!  Click here...


 
   
SwimRVA is proud to be a Make-A-Splash partner.  The USA Swimming Foundation partners with Learn-To-Swim providers nationwide to offset the cost of swimming lessons and educate the community about the importance of learning to swim.  For more information please check out the website: www.usaswimmingfoundation.org/makeasplash

 

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**UPDATE:  COURTNEY DID IT!!**

Check out this update from the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation:  The Richmond Virginia attorney completed a two-way crossing of the Catalina Channel, starting at Terranea Resort near sundown Tuesday October 10 and ending where she started in the early morning of October 12. Courtney’s unofficial final time was 33 hours and 13 minutes.

In between, Courtney endured a punishing wind chop and white caps though most of the day. She opted to swim on the windward side of Bottom Scratcher rather than the leeward side where she might inhale exhaust fumes. Courtney remained enthusiastic throughout and, in the middle of the night dolphins, treated her to an underwater bioluminescence show. Though late in the swim, Courtney saw other imaginary stuff due to hallucinations.

Her team kept her fed on cocktails of CarboPro, Tailwind, tea and chicken broth with helpings of peaches and applesauce. Kayak support included Dan Simonelli, Jaime Siler, Kristi Turner and Amy Frick rotating every three hours. Forrest Nelson, Roxanne Hipolito, and Ashley White observed the swim for CCSF.

Congratulations to Courtney Paulk, who follows in the wake of these legendary female two-way Catalina crossers: Greta Andersen, Penny Lee Dean, Cindy Cleveland and Tina Neill. Simply amazing!

Courtney's SwimRVA Challenge:  

This year Courtney has decided to use her long distance swims to raise awareness for SwimRVA and the benefits of learning to swim.  She is doing another huge swim this year and is asking for your support while she takes on this amazing feat.  

 
   

Courtney Paulk has been an advocate of SwimRVA since it was nothing more than an idea to elevate swimming in the Richmond region.  She is one of the most decorated open water marathon swimmers in the country, if not the world. Between 2011 and 2013 she completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming by swimming 21 miles across the English Channel, the 28.5 Manhattan Island Marathon swim (completed twice when only once is required), and finished it off with a 20.2 mile Catalina Channel swim. Courtney is also the only one to ever complete the a solo swim of 24 miles in 24 hours during the 24 hour Swim for RVA event in 2014.

In addition to the many other open water swims Courtney has done, earlier this summer she completed a double circumnavigation of Manhattan Island – 57 miles – in 20 hours 15 minutes and 55 seconds. You can read more about Courtney’s adventure earlier this year here: http://dailynews.openwaterswimming.com/2017/08/the-genesis-of-40-bridges-doing-57.html

Courtney is taking on another challenge this year – a Double Catalina Channel Swim for over 40 miles of swimming the Pacific Ocean. She attempted this feat last summer, but was met with challenging conditions. Despite those conditions, she was able to complete a one way swim in a little over 16 hours. Courtney is heading back to Catalina for another double attempt on October 10th.

Courtney is using her swims this year to raise awareness for SwimRVA and the benefits of learning to swim. Please consider donating. No amount is too small. 

Follow Courtney's BLOG HERE!

Double Catalina Channel Swim:

The Catalina Channel, as seen below, stretches over 20 miles.  Long enough just to swim it once.  Courtney will swim non-stop across the channel AND BACK!  That's over 40 miles NON-STOP!

 
   


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Courtney set a goal to raise $20,000 during her long distance open-water swim challenge!  

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