The Great Big Swim

Join Susan, the Spirit Orcas and their good friend Jasmine Kremer this summer as they swim 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. Please note the Great Big Swim in the comment box.

Each Saturday (or Sunday) between July 1 and August 31, 2020 Susan Simmons, Jasmine Kremer and the Spirit Orcas will enter the water of the Salish Sea and shoreline swim 10 kilometres a day from Brentwood Bay to Esquimalt Lagoon. The swim is approximately 80 kilometres expected to take 8 weeks.

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

The swimmers will be escorted a sailboat and fleet of kayakers make their way along the shoreline. A motorized boat may also be made 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. They will be raising awareness about the importance of staying fit during COVID-19 and raising funds for Vancouver Island’s Rapid Relief Fund.The swim has been titled #TheGreatBigSwim.

The Course

The swim will begin at the beach near the ferry dock in Brentwood Bay and end at Collwood Waterfront and Lagoon. Each stage will be approximately 10 kilometres with the start and end points forming a continuous line.

Swim Schedule

The swim will take place on Saturdays and Sundays over a 2-month period.

Stage Date Start Time End Time Start Point End Point
      1 01-Jul NA – Noon 5:00 PM Brentwood Bay Patricia Bay Park
      2 05-Jul 10:30 AM 5:00 PM Patricia Bay Park Swartz Bay
      3 12-Jul 10:00 AM 3:00 PM Swartz Bay – 
Beach at 2214 Barnacle Road
Amity Drive
      4 18-Jul 9:00 AM 2:00 PM Amity Drive Beach House
      5 01-Aug 8:00 AM 2:00 PM Parker Park Glencoe Cove-Kwatsech
      6 02-Aug8:00 AM1:00 PM Glencoe Cove-Kwatsech Willows Beach
      7 03-Aug8:00 AM1:00 PM Willows Beach Spiral Beach
      8 08-AugNoon4:00 PM Spiral Beach Collwood Waterfront
      9 15-Aug Spare day

* Additional days are available in the schedule in the event swims are cancelled due to weather or other factors.

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