New Swimmer FAQ
Why Is the Swim on a different date each year?
The planning for the Swim starts a year in advance, and we focus on available dates from July 5th through mid-August. Using the best available tide information, we select an early Saturday morning low slack tide to minimize wind and chop. We time the start of the Swim so that low tide is at the midpoint of the average swim time. This leaves us with three swim dates.
With the three available dates in hand, we then need to factor in the following: U.S. Coast Guard availability and approval, conflicting events (swims, races and other events happening in July and August), and the availability of the Newport Naval Base and the R.I. Turnpike and Bridge Authority lawn (without which the Swim would not be possible). We also consider start time (which can typically be before dawn). Taking all these factors into consideration, we choose the date of the three options and hope that our swimmers and kayakers will support this great event with all the factors involved.
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Can I get a fundraising extension?
If you are waiting on gifts from your supporters, please contact Leanne Danielsen so your card isn't' charged on the deadline.
When are the fundraising deadlines:
a) Last day to drop (without being charged for $400 fundraising minimum): Tuesday, August 2, 2022
b) Credit Cards Charged with any remaining fundraising: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Can I Raise More than the Minimum?
Of course! We have many people who raise much more than the minimum. We offer incentives for those swimmers who are dedicated to going above and beyond the fundraising minimum. Click here to see what incentives are offer.
How Long Do I Have to Finish the Swim?
Swimmers have two hours from the start of their wave.
What Happens If The Swim Is Cancelled?
The swim will only be cancelled if the weather (hurricane, fog, wind) proves to be dangerous for participants and support boats. Participants should watch the website for any updates the night before the swim if there is any incelmenmt weather.
If you have any questions, please email Leanne Danielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-272-3540, ext. 140.