Paddlers

Provide support along the way.

Volunteer as a paddler

We are always looking for experienced Paddlers to play a critical role in supporting our BIG SWIMMERS. If you are interested in helping is a BIG way please email Waterops@givetolive.ca.

Please register as a kayaker for the 2018 BIG SWIM by clicking the button below.

GIVETOLIVE and Brigadoon Village are thrilled to present the 8th Annual BIG SWIM from Cape Tormentine, NB to Borden-Carleton, PEI on Sunday, August 12th, 2018. Over the past ten years, GIVETOLIVE has raised more than $2.5 million for various charities across all of our events and we are still counting. We’re so happy that you’re looking to join us on our journey!

Important Information to Remember:
– Safety kayakers are key to the success of The BIG SWIM. You will provide your swimmer with food, hydration, emotional support, and safety support.
– We are allowing 50 swimmers to register for our 2018 BIG SWIM. This is to ensure that safety of every person on the water.
– Each swimmer is required to have a kayaker to escort them across the Strait.
– If you don’t already know a swimmer, that’s OK. We will pair you with one. If you do, please ensure that you let us know who they are.
– Each kayaker must be able to meet our physical and equipment requirements. We have safety standards set to ensure that everyone is safe on the water and ask that you please respect those. We will be checking up on skills and equipment.

Skills a BIG SWIM kayaker should have:
– Must be comfortable sitting in a kayak for 4-8 hours.
– Kayaker’s are required to hold a Paddle Canada Skills Level 1. Courses are available through local outfitters. We are planning to hold a number of training sessions through Spring & Summer.
– You are required to join us on Saturday, August 11th for our Mandatory Safety briefing. Those who do not attend, do not kayak. Our schedule is still in progress, but plan to be busy with us from 10am on Saturday onward.
– If you have any questions on kayaker requirements, please contact waterops@givetolive.ca

Your registration includes:
– BIG SWIM t-shirt,
– Safety support on event day,
– Training and support from former BIG SWIM Kayakers.