BOWSWIM® Resistance Swimming System


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The BOWSWIM® Story

Randy Reid and Barbara Little of BowswimBOWSWIM® Inventor Randy Reid of Creekside R&D, LLC is the holder of two U.S. patents. His interest and involvement in resistance swimming systems goes back more than twenty years. Randy is shown here with Barbara Little.

Although he was directly involved with the early development of lesser systems (now in direct competition with BOWSWIM®), Reid was not satisfied, and went on to develop and manufacture the superior product he envisioned: the BOWSWIM® Resistance Swimming System.

Swimmer magazine, the publication of U.S. Masters Swimming, had this to say after testing various systems:
“…Editor’s Note: Two similar products from another manufacturer were tested alongside the Bowswim. The other manufacturer withdrew them from the process after testers broke both of them within seconds of swimming against them.”
Read the U.S. Masters Swimming Review


Frequently Asked Questions

Fully assembled bowswim set Remove pole from case, and fully extend, hand snug. Place end of pole into deck plate or ladder clamp.

Belt to tether assembly is shown below.

Belt and tether assembly

Yes and no. If you have a ladder or handrail with a horizontal section where the water is deep enough to swim, we recommend adding the Ladder Clamp to your order if drilling isn't to your liking.

If no ladder then you will need to drill a 1 inch hole in the pool deck. If you have a coping we recommend going into it on the away side of the water and at least 2 inches from that side. If you have straight concrete just go in it at least 6 to 8 inches away from side.

If you have questions or concerns, please call 1.888.926.9794 or send us an email ( We are happy to help.

Closeup of installed deck plate

We use United States Postal Service for all shipping, both domestically and internationally.

Yes. If you require international shipping, please call 1.888.926.9794 or send us an email ( with the exact ship-to address.

International shipping varies. As an example, we recently sent two BOWSWIM® sets to Australia using USPS Priority Mail packaging for $99.75.

Workout Video Links

While BOWSWIM® does not currently provide workout regimens, BOWSWIM® users have developed and uploaded workouts to YouTube. When you select a link below, the video will open in a new tab on YouTube.

Who's Working Out?

The benefits of a BOWSWIM® workout have garnered us some celebrity attention. Cathy Turner, U.S. Olympic Gold Medallist, has made BOWSWIM® part of her training regime. Actress Bo Derek tweeted about traveling with her BOWSWIM®.

Bowswim Resistance Swimming System is used by Actress Bo Derek Olympic Champion Cathy Turner uses the Bowswim Resistance Swimming System

The video content above is not produced by and is not the property of BOWSWIM®. NEVER DISREGARD MEDICAL ADVICE OR DELAY IN SEEKING MEDICAL ADVICE BECAUSE OF SOMETHING YOU READ ON OUR WEBSITE. Please review our BOWSWIM® Terms & Conditions.

Always rinse off all Bowswim component parts with fresh water. Never leave Bowswim and the belt out in the sun for long periods. The sun will eventually cause the color to fade and cause material break down, especially if you swim in chlorinated water and don't rinse the belt with fresh water after every use.

If you have a salt water pool, salt may build up on the Bowswim. Therefore, rinsing and drying after every use is VERY important. If the conical parts of the bow start to stick, wash with soapy water and rinse thoroughly until all slide easily again.

The BOWSWIM® belt may be washed in mild detergent.

Allow all components to dry thoroughly before returning to case.

Properly cared for, your Bowswim will provide excellent service for many, many years.

BOWSWIM® Overview Installation Instructions are available to view and download here.

Installing the BOWSWIM®

Installation requires the use of a power drill. If you are uncomfortable using power tools, contact your pool dealer, or a professional handyman service for assistance.


Utah State University Research Study

Study conducted by Dr. Eadric Bressel, Utah State University

“…the Bowswim is an effective device for training the cardio-respiratory system in swimmers”…
Aerobic capacity and propulsive forces during freestyle swimming using the Bowswim® by Dr. Eadric Bressel, Utah State University

Looking for an EASY Install?

ladder clamp closeup

Using the BOWSWIM® Ladder Attachment Clamp, installation could not be easier. Wrap the clamp around the pool ladder, close it, and you're ready to go!

Our clamp can be adjusted to fit most circumferences. Use the spinning cam handle to adjust the inside diameter of the clamp to fit the outside diameter of the ladder or handrail where you want to place your BOWSWIM®. The ladder clamp must be installed on a horizontal section of the ladder or handrail.

Bowswim Mounting in Varied Applications

The images below show BOWSWIM® Deck Plate and ladder clamp applications. Have questions or ideas about the installation of your deck plate or ladder clamp? Please give us a call at: 1.888.926.9794.

Bowswim with Deck Plate, Residential Pool Bowswim with Ladder Clamp, Residential Pool Bowswim with Deck Plate and custom configuration for use in fiberglass, Open Water Bowswim with Ladder Clamp, Public Pool