Just 50 miles south of Boston, the Buzzards Bay Swim features a scenic point-to-point course across the clear, calm waters of outer New Bedford Harbor. Assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard and a local safety patrol, swimmers navigate 1.2 miles through the harbor and channel, passing by the iconic Butler Flats Lighthouse and the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier, one of the largest stone structures on the East Coast. At the thrilling finish, swimmers are welcomed with a beach party featuring a live steel drum band, pancakes cooked to order, gourmet coffee, free massages, and local beer!
Free shuttle provides transportation to start line. Swim solo or with a team of friends, family, or co-workers. Chip timed with awards and prizes for fastest individual swimmers, teams, and top fundraisers. New swimmers are encouraged to use a kayak escort and/or swim aids. Ages 11+. Qualifications apply.
The Buzzards Bay Swim is a fundraiser benefiting the work of the Buzzards Bay Coalition to restore and protect clean water in Buzzards Bay through science, education, advocacy and land protection. $25 registration fee and $150 (pay-or-raise) fundraising minimum per swimmer. Youth teams raise $200 per every four swimmers. Join us for this awesome and energetic community event!