The Big Swim – Postponed

Postponed to 2021 - new dates to be announced in Fall 2020

Postponed to 2021 – new dates to be announced in Fall 2020

While The BIG SWIM is postponed due to COVID-19 concerns you can still support the registered swimmers and help send kids to camp at Brigadoon Village!

We look forward to having you join us next year for an even BIGger and better BIG SWIM!

In 2021 The BIG SWIM WILL BE A 2-DAY, 3-PROVINCE EVENT: BETWEEN NS AND NB ON THE SATURDAY AND BETWEEN NB AND PEI ON THE SUNDAY

The BIG SWIM is postponing its 10th anniversary to August 2021and we would like to count you in as one of our swimmers, kayakers or volunteers. To commemorate this special year, we have a twist on our usual event: a two day, three province crossing with an expected distance of 26km.

The Event

For our 10th anniversary, we have chosen a two-day, three-province event. Swimmers and kayakers may register for either event or a combination of the two. For safety concerns, we will be capping our registration at 50 swimmers for each event.

These events will be:

On the first day: An approximate 8km swim from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick. Our start will begin in the Tidnish area ending in Port Elgin. Due to the sheltered area, it is likely that this will be a “fairly straight” swim. Start times will be set closer to the event weekend and will be based on weather conditions.

The next day: An approximate 16km-18km swim from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island. Our start will remain as years past, on the beach of Cape Jourimain Nature Centre and finish in Borden, Prince Edward Island. As we know from years past, the tides and currents take participants on a curved crossing which is why the distance varies from year to year. Start times will be set closer to the event weekend and will be based on weather conditions.

Please note that kayakers and swimmers may be required that Friday for safety details however our volunteer committee are continuing to iron out those details.

Registration Dates:

More details to follow in early 2021.

What’s Included with your Registration:

  • Participation in The BIG SWIM
  • Event safety support in the form of multiple boats
  • A recommended training program  
  • Access to a private Facebook forum to ask questions & share milestones
  • Event weekend t-shirt 
  • BIG SWIM branded bathing cap for training
  • Event weekend bathing cap
  • Fundraising support

Event

Fundraising Requirement

Registration Fee (non refundable)

NS to NB
(Saturday)

$750

$150 per swimmer*

NB to PEI
(Sunday)

$1500

$250 per swimmer*

Both Events
(Saturday & Sunday)

$2000

$350 per swimmer*

Safety Requirements: Every swimmer must be accompanied by a Paddle Canada Level 1 Certified kayaker*. It is the responsibility of the swimmer to acquire a qualified kayaker and without one, they will not be permitted to swim. Each kayaker is required to acquire the necessary safety gear, as recommended by Transport Canada. Without this safety gear, the kayaker will not be permitted to paddle leaving their swimmer without a paddler.  

About the BIG SWIM

Have you ever considered swimming across the Northumberland Strait?  Most haven’t.  But for those who have there is the BIG SWIM, your chance to do something truly epic.  The BIG SWIM is a supported event held in August each year that combines an epic feat of endurance with the opportunity to raise funds for an awesome charity.  The BIG SWIM is not a race and supports swimmers of all abilities to get out into the Northumberland Strait and achieve the unimaginable.