The Great Big Swim

This summer Susan, the Spirit Orcas and their good friend Jasmine Kremer  swam from Brentwood Bay to Esquimalt Lagoon to raise funds for the Greater Victoria Vital Fund supporting our community’s recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Each Saturday (or Sunday) between July 1 and August 31, 2020 (weather permitting) Susan Simmons, Jasmine Kremer and the Spirit Orcas entered the water of the Salish Sea and shoreline swam 10+ kilometres a day from Brentwood Bay to Esquimalt Lagoon. The swim was approximately 80 kilometres took place over 8 weeks.

Watch this fantastic video on CTV’s Sawatsky Sign-Off to learn more about the swim.

The swimmers were escorted bt a sailboat and fleet of kayakers. A motorized boat was also available.

Susan is a swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis and the Spirit Orcas a group of athletes with intellectual disabilities. All of the swimmers are from Vancouver Island believe that swimming is a great way of staying fit and manage wellness. During the swim they raised awareness about the importance of staying fit during COVID-19 and raised funds for Vancouver Island’s Rapid Relief Fund.The swim has was titled #TheGreatBigSwim.

The Course

The swim began at the beach near the ferry dock in Brentwood Bay and ended at Collwood Waterfront and Lagoon. Each stage was over 10 kilometres with the start and end points forming a continuous line.

For more information contact info@susansimmons.ca1