The more big hearts, the better.

Volunteer at the next BIG SWIM

We are always looking for big hearted people to join us, if you are interested in becoming a member of our team of highly supportive BIG HELPERS for this year’s BIG SWIM please email support@givetolive.ca.

Registration for volunteers opens March 3, 2020 at 12:00pm AST

2 Events to celebrate our 10th anniversary!

The BIG SWIM is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020. To commemorate this special year, we have a twist on our usual event: a two day, three-province crossing with an expected combined distance of 26km. Volunteers may register for either event or a combination of the two. GIVETOLIVE has raised almost $3.3 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:

• GIVETOLIVE is a volunteer-based organization. Without volunteers such as yourself, our events do not happen.

• We have many different roles, from registration, beach support, on water support, and much more. Each of these roles play a vital part in our success.

• Once you register, one of our volunteer coordinators will be in touch with more information around roles, requirements, and other details. If you don’t hear from anyone, please reach out to support@givetolive.ca.

FAQs for All Interested Participants

Is it safe?

The safety of each participant (Swimmers, Kayakers, and Volunteers) is paramount in every decision made. Everything we do and every decision we make will be guided by safety. Nothing is worth the risk of injury or worse. Our #1 goal is: All swimmers in and all swimmers out safely.

This requires a team effort and understanding that all decisions made are based on safety and may override participants preferences. GIVETOLIVE has been running endurance events for eight years and we have an excellent safety record. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation to continue our record that includes no major incidents.

There is a MANDATORY safety meeting for all participants on the Saturday before the swim. Details of the safety plan, route and many other event day questions will be discussed in detail at this meeting. You must attend the meeting in order to do the swim.

Who is in charge on the day of the swim?

We take safety very seriously. It is our #1, #2, and #3 goal for the event. On the day of the event, there is a chain of command that all participants and volunteers must obey. That chain of command is as follows:

  1. Captain(s) in Charge/Safety Officer
  2. Event Director/Core Kayaker Team
  3. Boat Operators
  4. Lifeguards
  5. Kayakers
  6. Swimmers

Swimmers MUST OBEY everyone else in the chain of command. All other people in the chain of command are in a more senior position than a swimmer and all people can remove you from the water for safety reasons. This is imperative to the success of a safely run event. If anything goes wrong (weather worsens, waves pick up, someone gets sick), then all swimmers agree that it is not their call on whether they continue swimming or not.

How do I get to the BIG SWIM event?

Each participant is responsible for getting themselves to and from The BIG SWIM. The NB to PEI swim starts at Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, Cape Jourimain, NB and finishes on Beach Road in Borden – Carleton, PEI. Our start for the NS to NB swim will begin in the Tidnish area ending in Port Elgin. Exact details of the start and finish line will be finalized and communicated soon.

What do I do about food?

All meals that weekend are your responsibility. There is a limited selection of food at the Cape Jourimain National Wildlife Area as well as a variety of restaurants in Gateway Village on PEI. We are looking into having a food truck on the finish line beaches but details are unconfirmed at this time.

All participants are responsible for their own food and drink on the day of the swim. Please pack everything you would need to keep you hydrated and nourished through the SWIM itself.

What about breakfasts each morning before the swim?

All participants are responsible for their own food and drink on the day of the swim. Please pack everything you would need to keep you hydrated and nourished through the SWIM itself.

Where do I sleep?

There are a limited number of accommodations in the close proximity to the Confederation Bridge. You need to book your accommodations yourself and we recommend you do that right away. Here is a list of some recommended options where our participants have stayed in the past.

Tourism New Brunswick and Tourism PEI can be a great place to start as well.


The Coastal Cabins (Formerly C & O Coastal Cabins)
113 Dixon Rd Loop
Cape Tormentine, NB E4M 2B7
(506) 538-9990

Victoria Veranda Bed & Breakfast
1 West Main St.
Port Elgin, NB
(506) 538-0089

Indian Point B&B Motel
323 Fort St.
Port Elgin, NB
(506) 538-7586

Pumpkin Inn B&B
9 Mill St.
Port Elgin, NB
(506) 538-1906

Little Shemogue Inn
2361 Route 955,
Little Shemogue, NB
(506) 538-2320


Murray Beach Campground
1679 Route 955
Little Shemogue, NB
(506) 538-2628

Cape Tormentine Beach Campground
1 Route 955
Cape Tormentine, NB
(506) 538-7229


Slumber Westhill
29 Westhill Dr.
Charlottetown, PE
(902) 894-9555

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
200 Capital Dr.
Charlottetown, PE
(902) 892-1201

Best Western Charlottetown
238 Grafton St.
Charlottetown, PE
(902) 892-2461

Elmwood Heritage Inn
121 N River Rd.
Charlottetown, PE
(902) 368-3310

Find more options here:
Charlottetown Hotels


Jellystone Park PEI
23714 Trans-Canada Hwy.
Borden-Carleton, PE

Cumberland Cove Seaside Campground
Cumberland Cove Rd., PE
(902) 855-2961


Marshlands Inn
55 Bridge St.
Sackville, NB
(506) 536-0170

Coastal Inn Sackville
15 Wright St.
Sackville, NB
(506) 536-0000

Tantramar Motel
4 Robson Ave.
Sackville, NB
(506) 536-1327


Auberge Wild Rose Inn
17 Baseline Rd.
Moncton, NB
(506) 383-9751

Comfort Inn East
20 Maplewood Dr.
Moncton, NB
(506) 859-6868

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
425 Adelard Savoie Blvd.
Dieppe, NB
(506) 388-5050

Fairfield Inn & Suites Moncton
26 Marriott Dr.
Moncton, NB
(506) 855-0033

Best Western Plus
300 Lewisville Rd.
Moncton, NB
(506) 388-0888

Find more options here:
Moncton Hotels

What time are the swims starting?

The start times will be calculated based on tides and currents. A decision will be made closer to the event. The exact start times will be announced at the safety meeting.

Everyone will need to be at the start points at least 30 minutes before the first wave enters the water.

Do we all start together?

Swimmers will be starting in waves (no pun intended) based on their anticipated pace. There will be 3 waves and they will be launched at intervals of approximately 15 minutes. Please note that we monitor the weather, tides and currents carefully and that the launch times cannot be confirmed prior to the safety meeting on Saturday. Plan to be flexible with your schedule on your swim day.

Are there bathrooms available during the swim?

Practically, no. Port-a-potties will be onsite at the start of the NS to NB swim and bathrooms are available before the start of the NB to PEI swim at the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre and port-a-potties are available at the finish area in PEI. During the swim, there are very limited facilities on the larger safety boats.

It can take an extended period of time for a safety boat to reach you for a bathroom break as we cannot sacrifice swimmer safety for the luxury of a toilet. We urge you to arrive early to the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre on the morning of the swim so you can make use of the facilities there before the swim.

What happens if the weather gets bad?

The weather plays a key role in the safety of The BIG SWIM. We will discuss the weather forecast and the weather contingency plans in detail at the mandatory Safety Meeting on Saturday. There is a detailed evacuation plan in place in the event that weather degrades during the swim to the point that the event must be stopped. If required, the safety boats will remove all of the participants from the water and get them to shore.