Swimmer Qualifications

Buzzards Bay Swim qualifications

People of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels participate in the Buzzards Bay Swim each year. To ensure the safety of all participants, we've established the following qualifications for swimmers. Kayak escorts are discouraged this year in order to comply with Covid-related event capacity guidelines. Before you sign up for the Swim, please review these guidelines to make sure you're ready to go on June 26! Proof of qualification must be received by May 1st.

Swimmer Qualifications

Unescorted Swimmers (both Adult and Youth)

Unescorted swimmers swim on their own, without a dedicated paddle escort. Swimmers must be at least 11 years old on the day of the Swim to participate. Unescorted swimmers must meet one of the following requirements:

  • You have successfully completed the Buzzards Bay Swim in the past three years.
  • You can provide documentation that you have completed another long-distance (.9-mile or greater) open water swim in the past three years. (Web results are acceptable; you can email the link to us.)
  • You can provide a letter from a certified swim coach or aquatics director indicating that you have successfully completed a 1,000-yard swim in less than 25 minutes. (If you need a pool and/or aquatics director to certify your 1,000-yard swim, contact Mel Dyer at the Gleason Family (Wareham) YMCA, Sara White at the New Bedford YMCA, or Brian Powell at the Fall River YMCA.

If you are unable to meet at least one of the requirements above, you will need to forfeit your registration.

Thank you to our 2021 Swim sponsors!