Buzzards Bay Swim Schedule and Directions

Buzzards Bay Swim schedule

The 28th annual Buzzards Bay Swim will take place on Saturday, June 26, 2021. Use the maps below to find directions to the start line and finish line, as well as start times and parking information.

Start Line

The Buzzards Bay Swim start line is located at the beach at the former The Edge Seafood & Lounge at 1480 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford.

6:00-7:00am: Check-In and Warm Up

1. Check-In and Donation Drop-off

All swimmers must check in at one of the two check-in tables along the side of the building.

To check in, swimmers must show that you have raised the $1,000 fundraising minimum. You can turn in any last-minute donations or make a self-donation during check in. Cash, checks, and credit cards are all accepted the day of the Swim.

There will be no swimmer registration available the morning of the Swim.

2. Caps, Timing Chips, and Body Marking

Once you check in, you will receive a numbered swim cap and timing chip. A volunteer will write your official swim number on your arm or hand in accordance with our body marking rules.

3. Warm Up

After checking in, swimmers are allowed to warm up in the water. Please enter the water using the warm-up chute at the south end of the beach. All swimmers must exit the water during the safety briefing, and further warm-up swimming is not permitted after the first start has departed the beach.

7:00am: Safety Briefing

During the safety briefing, we will share important information that all participants need to know to stay safe. All swimmers must exit the water during the safety briefing.

7:15-7:25am: Start

There are two separate starts. Check the posted signs at the start line to find out which start you are in based on your cap color.

  • 7:15am — swimmers enter starting chute
  • 7:25am — swimmers enter starting chute

Finish Line

The Buzzards Bay Swim finish line is located at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation at the end of Green Street in Fairhaven.

7:30-10:00am: Finish Line Celebration

At the finish line, there will be a pancake breakfast to-go, music, and Coalition merchandise for sale. Our beach party will be back in full swing in 2022!

9:30am: Awards Ceremony

The fastest swimmers and top fundraisers will receive awards during a beach ceremony.

Thank you to our 2021 Swim sponsors!