AZ Open Water Series Cancelled

Dear friends,
We are sorry to inform you that the AZ Open Water Series has had to cancel all 4 races for 2024.  A few days ago, the storage trailer which housed all of the race equipment was stolen.  
At this point, the future for the AZ Open Water series is not clear.  Should the time come to race again, we will reach out.
Sending you all the best,
Simon and Suzanne

Our Story

About Us

Swim Devil Masters welcomed the addition of the AZ Open Water Series into its family in late 2019.  Soon thereafter the world turned upside down and all events were put on hold.  We are thrilled to offer two local races for our inaugural series.

Event Schedule – 2024 Registration Opening soon!



april 6

Start Time: 8:00am

Lake Peoria – Castle Creek


May 19

Start Time: 8:00am


Winner’s Circle

Race Results

All race results will be posted as soon as possible following the race.  You can check back here to see your times, but an email will also be sent, to alert all swimmers to the posting of results.

Bartlett Lake August 19, 2023

race name






frequently asked questions


Can I wear a wetsuit?

Wetsuits will or will not be allowed according to FINA rules:

  • Between 16°C and 18°C (60.8°F and 64.4°F) wetsuits mandatory
  • Between 18°C and 20°C (64.4°F and 68°F), wetsuits are optional
  • Over 20°C (68°F), wetsuits are not allowed

Wetsuits ARE scored separately.  You will be notified before race day if wetsuits may be allowed.


Do I have to have my USMS card to swim the open water race?

No, we carry private  insurance to cover all athletes in this race.


Isn’t open water basically the same as swimming long distance in the pool?

No, it is very different.  We highly recommend you properly prepare to swim in open water before your first race.  See this article on our resource page for more details.


Is the race ADA accessible?

At this time, Bartlett Lake and Rattlesnake Cove are not suitable for athletes who may require additional assistance getting into the water.  We hope to address this for future races and athletes who may need specialized entry assistance.


6 Tips to Help Transition From the Pool to Open Water 

Open Water Swim Essentials

Open-water swimming: a beginner’s guide

Watershed Connection

Our Team

Meet Suzanne and Simon Percy

AZ Open Water Series is managed by Simon and Suzanne Percy.  Married for 25 years, they met at ASU and are Sun Devils through and through.  They are parents to 3 children, and a doodle named Maverick.

Simon swam and coached for ASU and has owned Swim Devil Masters for the last 20 years.  He brings his 40+ years of swimming experience to the series, while Suzanne brings her skills as an event manager. 

Our goal is to develop an annual open water series that provides athletes a fun but challenging opportunity to swim in the open waters of AZ! 

You can’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.

Swimmer Michael Phelps
22-time Olympic medalist

No lines, no lanes, no limits.

Steven Munatones
open water swimmer

Just keep swimming


meet Our Sponsors