Trout Lake – Saturday Swims

Saturdays 7:45 am at Trout Lake – located in Island Lake State Park, 6301 Kensington Rd, Brighton, MI 48116. Meet at the Kent Lake Beach Parking lot.

Coach Melissa Richardson, and Kim Yarima and I will lead these practices. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. The practices are not sanctioned by MAC and aren’t officially coached. The object of these “informal” organized swims is so that you always have someone to swim with. Beyond that there aren’t any workouts or coaching.
  2. Island Lake State Park require a State Park pass for park entry – see link here for more information about obtaining a pass: CLICK HERE
  3. We will meet in the Kent Lake parking lot (west side, by the port-a-john) at 7:45 a.m. every Saturday, and will start walking the path towards Trout by 8 a.m.  If you don’t know the spot I’m talking about or can’t find us, text Melissa at (248) 933-4435
  4. ALL levels of swimmers are welcome. Trout can accommodate swimmers who want a 1/2 mile swim to those who want to do multiple one-mile loops. You also get a short walk on the path – bonus workout.
  5. We feel that the safest way to swim at Trout is using the buddy system. Find a fellow swimmer who is a comparable speed to you and look out for one another. It’s not that hard to watch one other person and then we know we’re all accounted for. As you may know…people get spread out and the buddy system makes this safe for everyone.
  6. First and foremost is to have the same number in and the same number out at every swim. To that end, we plan on using the Popsicle stick method. Here’s how it works:
    We will pass out Popsicle sticks at the beginning of the swim and ask you to write your name, cell number and emergency contact on it. Then place your stick in a bag on the beach (we’ll provide) before you head in the water. Upon leaving, grab your stick so we know you’re out of the water. You (and possibly your emergency contact) will get a call from us if we are leaving the beach and your stick is left    behind and we can’t find you. If possible, keep your stick and bring it with you each week so you don’t have to keep re-using sticks!
  7. We will be using Remind to cancel in the event of inclement weather – NOT EMAIL! If you show up and we are not there you may have missed a notification that practice is cancelled. Once you have joined when we cancel practice you will receive a text notification to your phone that practice is cancelled – it’s that simple. Here is how to Sign-Up:
    Remind: Once you have joined you will receive text notifications to your phone (or email if that is your preference), with the latest announcements – it’s that simple.
    To sign up, go to

    1. Click Sign Up. You will be prompted for a phone number or email address. If you enter a phone number you will get a 4 digit code texted to you for verification. If you entered an email address, you will not get the 4 digit code.
    2. You will be asked to enter: First, Last Name and a Password.
    3. The next page will ask who you are: Teacher, Student, Parent, or Administrator. Select “Student”.
    3. The next prompt is for a class code @_________. Enter: macsw06
    4. Click Join. Thats it!

You can reach out to Melissa Richardson at 248-933-4435 or Kim Yarima 313-595-6055 anytime with questions or concerns.

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