Buzzards Bay Swim Schedule and Directions

Buzzards Bay Swim schedule

The 25th annual Buzzards Bay Swim will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Use the maps below to find directions to the start line and finish line, as well as start times and parking/shuttle information.

Start Line

The Buzzards Bay Swim start line is located at the beach at The Edge Seafood & Lounge at 1480 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford.

5:45am: Shuttle transportation to Start Line

Swimmers who want to leave their cars at the finish line can sign up for free shuttle transportation to the start line. Bus departs Fort Phoenix promptly at 5:45am. The bus cannot accommodate kayaks, so please arrange to drop off your kayak at the start line in advance. Reserve your free space on the shuttle.

5:30-7:00am: Check-In and Warm Up

1. Kayak Safety Inspection

(For escorted swimmers only) Kayakers must have their kayak inspected before their swimmer checks in. Once your kayak passes the inspection, you will receive a safety certificate to give your swimmer to allow them to check in. Your swimmer will not be allowed to check in until they have proof that your kayak has been inspected.

Kayakers should unload their kayak at the sidewalk near the start line (look for "Kayak Drop-off" signs) and then immediately move their vehicle to the parking lot. Volunteers will show you where you can park.

2. Check-In and Donation Drop-off

All swimmers must check in at one of the five (5) check-in tables along the side of the building.

To check in, swimmers must show that you have raised the $150 fundraising minimum. You can turn in any last-minute donations or make a self-donation during check in. Cash, checks, and credit cards are all accepted the day of the Swim.

There will be no swimmer registration available the morning of the Swim.

3. Caps, Timing Chips, and Body Marking

Once you check in, you will receive a numbered swim caps and timing chip. A volunteer will write your official swim number on your arm or hand in accordance with our body marking rules.

4. Warm Up

After checking in, swimmers are allowed to warm up in the water. Please enter the water using the warm-up chute at the south end of the beach. All swimmers must exit the water during the safety briefing, and further warm-up swimming is not permitted after the first start has departed the beach.

7:00am: Safety Briefing

During the safety briefing, we will share important information that all participants need to know to stay safe. All swimmers must exit the water during the safety briefing.

7:15-7:35am: Start

There are five separate starts. Starts 1-3 are for unescorted swimmers and starts 4-5 are for swimmers with kayak escorts. Check the posted signs at the start line to find out which start you are in based on your cap color.

  • 7:15am — unescorted swimmers enter starting chute
  • 7:20am — unescorted swimmers enter starting chute
  • 7:25am — unescorted swimmers enter starting chute
  • 7:30am — escorted swimmers enter starting chute
  • 7:35am — escorted swimmers enter starting chute

Finish Line

The Buzzards Bay Swim finish line is located at Fort Phoenix Beach State Reservation at the end of Green Street in Fairhaven.

7:30-11:00am: Finish Line Celebration

At the finish line, there will be a pancake breakfast, live music, free massages for swimmers and kayakers, kids’ activities, and Coalition merchandise for sale.

Swimmers and kayakers eat free. We suggest a donation of $5 for guests, spectators, and volunteers.

8:00-11:00am: Shuttle transportation to Start Line

We will have free shuttle transportation available for swimmers and kayakers who need to return to their cars at the start line. For safety reasons, we strongly encourage kayakers to take a shuttle back to get their vehicles. (Volunteers are available to wait with your kayak at the finish line.)

9:30am: Awards Ceremony

The fastest swimmers, fastest teams, and top fundraisers will receive awards during a beach ceremony.

Thank you to our sponsors!

The Buzzards Bay Swim is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series event, presented nationally by Toyota.