Catawba Riverkeeper is recruiting volunteers to serve as Boat Captains for our Summer 2020 Swim Guide program.

Catawba Riverkeeper’s Swim Guide program is the only comprehensive testing program on the Catawba that provides timely information about where it is safe to swim.

Volunteer Boat Captains will drive to multiple sites on their lake on Thursdays this summer. Divers will collect samples, which will be  processed by Riverkeeper staff. Results will be posted on Fridays.

Sampling sites for each lake were selected based on swimming popularity and likelihood of or proximity to sources of pollution.

  • Personal protective gear will be supplied to all boat captain volunteers.
  • All testing supplies will be provided and properly sanitized.
  • Gas will be reimbursed by Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.

Sampling Locations

  • Lake James
  • Lake Hickory
  • Lake Norman
  • Mountain Island Lake
  • Lake Wylie
  • Lake Wateree

The greatest need is on Lake James and Lake Hickory.

If you are interested in becoming a Boat Captain, please sign up using the form below.