Crossing Currents loves hosting swim & paddle events! No speed pressures or equipment restrictions.  Simply invigorating open water adventure with the friends you’ve got or the ones you’ll make! We have bookend events to our training opportunities this year. The Bridge 2 Bridge (3) mile Pod Swim is Memorial Weekend & the 5th Annual Swim & Paddle the South River is the first Sunday in October. In our opinion these are perfect times of the year to enjoy swimming in and paddling on the South River! The cool water temps (Mid – High 60s) and picturesque scenic shorelines collaborate for unforgettable memories!  Our untimed events are executed with participant safety and enjoyment as top priorities.  We work with community partners to bring experiences that connect you to the sports we love and to outdoor recreation in meaningful ways! Both 2022 events are fundraising events for local non-profits to help promote safe and clean water access for everyone.

This fun 3-Mile Swim Pod event on Sunday, May 29th is an early season KICK OFF to the awesomeness of recreation on the river!

A Swim Pod is a similarly speeded group of 2 – 4 with (1) athlete providing support on paddleboard (can be operated sitting with a kayak paddle, too:). Athletes elect amongst themselves who to switch out along the 3 -mile course. Each swimmer in the Pod is expected to take a turn paddling. Instead of switching out, Pods may bring a dedicated support paddler & boat or request a support paddler from Crossing Currents for an additional $75 fee.  You may register as a fully formed Pod, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 4 swimmers. You may also register as an individual to be placed into a Pod with similarly speeded swimmers. Our goal is to place you with swimmers who are within 5-10 seconds of your 100 yd. freestyle pace during a sustainable mile. Pods will stick together, and swim at the speed of the slowest swimmer in their Pod. Crossing Currents will operate motorized boat support along the course and all participants are required to wear waist belt visibility buoys (available for purchase $30).  Paddleboards/Paddle/PFD provided with registration.

On event day, your pod will be assigned a number at check in. On the beach, you will find a matching laminated number with your pod’s gear.

Registration Fee:  $75 per person includes event swag & great eats post swim!

Event Timeline

Clubhouse Check-IN: 7 – 7:30 AM

Safety Briefing @ Beach: 7:45 AM

Event Start: 8 AM

5th Annual Event – Join Us & Give Back to the Rivers we Enjoy!

Swim & Paddle the South River celebrates outdoor recreation in the Chesapeake Bay region with a self paced swim or paddle event! Swim & Paddle the South River benefits the conservation efforts of the Arundel Rivers Federation and is fun for the whole family! Whether you want an endurance adventure (5 miles)  or a shorter jaunt (1/2 mile loop)  to enjoy the South River bounties, this event has it!  Save the Date: October 2nd, 2022

Swim & Paddle the South River is a 5 -mile swim/paddle course designed for athletes to complete solo with a dedicated support paddler or with a partner sharing turns (relay) as dedicated paddler! If you want to challenge distance closer to shore, a lifeguard supported 1/2 mile loop is an option during a 90 minute open access.

The mission of the event is to both platform the awesomeness of outdoor recreation on our Rivers and to support the efforts of the Arundel Rivers Federation! 

We are a gathering of novice swimmers and accomplished marathon distance swimmers & paddlers enjoying and celebrating all that our region affords us! 

In addition to a memorable experience, participants will contribute to the meaningful work of the Arundel Rivers Federation AND take home a snazzy t-shirt, swim cap, and fun swag bag filled with goodies from local businesses.

5 Mile Solo Swim entry fee

* bringing your own paddler & boat $100

* borrowing a boat & support paddler $200

5 Mile Relay Swim

*boat & gear provided $100/ea.

½ Mile Swim Loop

*Lifeguard course open from 9:30 – 11 AM $50. Waist belt buoy required.

5 Mile Paddle

*entry does not include boat/gear $50. Contact Coach Traci if needed at an additional fee:

Event Timeline:

All 5 mile participants Check in @ Clubhouse between 7 – 7:30 AM

Safety briefing @ 7:45 AM

(5) Mile Start   @ 8 AM

½ mile participants Check in @ Clubhouse between 8:45 – 9:15 AM

Safety briefing @ 9:20

½ mile course open from 9:30 – 11 AM



It is expected water temps will be in the low 70s/high 60’s. More specifics provided closer to event day. Water quality testing is conducted regularly at the Sylvan Shores Community beach as well as neighboring sites along the river. Organizers will take every precaution to ensure a safe swim.


Participant safety is our top priority. Event staff will be masked and participants are expected to wear masks when on land. ALL swimmers wear a waist belt visibility buoy. These may be purchased onsite for $30 or borrowed.  Paddlers must wear a pfd during the event. Paddlers supporting swimmers need also have a whistle.  There will be motorized boats with Red Cross Lifeguards and small craft safety/support crew throughout the courses.o.


There is no rain date scheduled for this event. Should we experience heavy rains within 48 hours of the event, we will cancel without refund and thank you for your donation to important causes!


All swimmers are required to wear a waist belt visibility buoy. These may be purchased onsite for $30 or borrowed. Paddlers are wearing PFD’s. Swimmers may also elect to wear wetsuits, fins, pull buoy, hand paddles, etc. Wear whatever encourages you to enjoy the experience! 


Waters, Electrolyte Beverages, Fruit, Granola Bars and assorted other snack


Logistics for Training Events

Unless communicated otherwise, all events hosted follow the same logistics format.  Check-in occurs at the Sylvan Shores Clubhouse and parking at either the clubhouse or the overflow ballfield lot. Upon clubhouse check in, participants navigate on foot to the boat launch/beach area. Please contact us if you require special assistance. There is to be no parking on the street for any reason. We are guests in the community and considering our impact needs to be paramount.


Parking is situated atop the ruins of the basketball court adjacent to the ballfield. Be sure to park beyond the boat trailer storage section allowing ample room for their owners to access if needed.

The Sylvan Shores Community Clubhouse

Clubhouse offers bathroom access & limited parking. Personal belongings should remain with participants or locked in vehicles.


The beach is a monitored area during our events for personal belongings. It is not permitted for non-registered supporters to access the water.


About Our Non-Profit Partners

We are devoted to protecting and restoring a very special place – the South, West, and Rhode Rivers of Anne Arundel County.

We use a science-driven, community-based approach to improve the water quality of our rivers – and we’re not afraid to get our boots muddy.

We pursue thoughtful restoration strategies to make our rivers and creeks safe for swimming and boating and to protect natural resources like fish, oysters and crabs. Our stream, wetland and shoreline projects create wildlife habitat, reduce flooding and help stop stormwater pollution.

The South, West, and Rhode Riverkeeper acts as the eyes, ears and voices for our local Rivers. Our organization is wholly focused on achieving our vision of clean, healthy, sustaining waterways for our local communities.

Arundel Rivers Federation was created on January 2, 2019 and is the result of the consolidation of South River Federation and West Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc.

Swim Access For Everyone


Imagine a future in which everyone who wants to swim can do so safely and confidently. When factors such as socioeconomic status and legacies of racism have no bearing on a person’s ability to swim, be safe around water, or pursue a career requiring aquatic skills. That is the vision of S.A.F.E.


S.A.F.E. is a nonprofit corporation with a mission to eliminate obstacles to water access for swim instruction, safety training, and competition. We do this by connecting aspiring recreational swimmers, athletes, and aquatic professionals with the tools and resources needed to thrive.  


S.A.F.E is currently fundraising to enact a no cost Water Safe Swim Camp & Lifeguard Training Course  in the Spring of 2023 for aspiring swimmers and Lifeguard professionals in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

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