New Swimmer FAQ 

Why does the date and time change every 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. 

Is there A Bag Drop? Where do I get my Swimmer Belongings

There will be a bag drop at the start of the Swim near the white Save The Bay van with a sign that says Swimmer Belongings. Bags will be placed near the changing tent on the lawn of the R.I. Turnpike & Bridge Authority.

Inclement Weather

How will I know if the event is cancelled due to weather?

The Swim date is chosen based on tides and currents as well as other summer sporting event schedules. The Swim WILL be held if it is raining. The Swim WILL NOT be held if the opposite shore is not visible due to a low, heavy fog, or if there is lightning.

If weather is hazardous, the Swim will be cancelled. There will be no rain/fog date. The decision will be made the morning of the Swim at the starting site. If the weather is questionable on the morning of the swim, please check the website at www.savebay.org/swim

Fundaising, Extensions or Matching Gifts

Can I get an extension?

If you need a fundraising extension due to any circumstance including matching gifts from your company, you will need approval from the Events Manager. Please email here for extension requests.

Will you charge my credit card if I don't raise my minimum?

The minimum fundraising requirement of $400 is due in full on July 27, 2017. If the $400** requirement has not been met by that date, you will have the option to withdraw from the Swim (no registration or donation refunds will be issued) or have the outstanding balance charged to your credit card following the Swim on Tuesday, August 1. Save The Bay will contact you prior to any charges being submitted.

New Participant Orientation

New swiimmer and kayaker orientaiton is designed for first-timers who are curious about the course, have questions about the logists, or just want some general knowledge about the Save The Bay Swim.

We welcome long-time swimmer and coach/trainer Fred Bartlett and long-timer Navy Team swimmer, Dan Force to the Orientation to help give you advice, perspective, and tips about the swim and the course.

The events manager will be there to go over the basics and answer any general questions you may have. Depending on the number of attendees, we will split into two groups: one group will go with long-time swimmers Fred Bartless and Dan Force into the water for specifics and  share experiences about the Swim. The other group will look at the course from the finish and Taylor Point and go over the basics of the day. Orientationtakes about an hour.

PARKING: In the lot above Potter Cove on Freebody Drive or on East Shore Road. 

What to bring:  A suit/wetsuit if you would like to go in the water. Also, bring water shoes if you like as there are often razor clams near the shore.

Where: Potter Cove, Jamestown, RI
When: Saturday, July 30, 10 am
Who: First time swimmers and kayakers
Date: Saturday, July 22, 2019
Time: 9 am (TBD)

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New Participant Orientation

Is there any additional information I can learn ahead of time?

New swiimmer and kayaker orientaiton is designed for first-timers who are curious about the course, have questions about the logists, or just want some general knowledge about the Save The Bay Swim.

We welcome long-time swimmer and coach/trainer Fred Bartlett and long-timer Navy Team swimmer, Dan Force to the Orientation to help give you advice, perspective, and tips about the swim and the course.

The events manager will be there to go over the basics and answer any general questions you may have. Depending on the number of attendees, we will split into two groups: one group will go with long-time swimmers Fred Bartless and Dan Force into the water for specifics and  share experiences about the Swim. The other group will look at the course from the finish and Taylor Point and go over the basics of the day. Orientationtakes about an hour.

PARKING: In the lot above Potter Cove on Freebody Drive or on East Shore Road. 

What to bring:  A suit/wetsuit if you would like to go in the water. Also, bring water shoes if you like as there are often razor clams near the shore.

Where: Potter Cove, Jamestown, RI
When: TBD
Who: First time swimmers and kayakers
Date: TBD
Time: 9 am (TBD)

Additional Questions?

If you have any questions, please email Leanne Danielsen at ldanielsen@savebay.org or call 401-272-3540, ext. 140.