Volunteer at the Buzzards Bay Swim

volunteer at the Buzzards Bay Swim

Not a swimmer but still want to get involved with the Buzzards Bay Swim? Volunteer your time on Saturday, June 30 and help us run a safe, fun event for everybody. More than 80 volunteers assist with setup, check-ins, food service, safety squads, and more.

To sign up to volunteer, fill out our online volunteer application and we'll get in touch with you. If you have questions about volunteering, contact us.

"Both the swim and the finish line festivities were a blast! All the volunteers I met were extremely friendly and made you feel right at home. I’m certainly looking forward to participating next year, and the year after, and the year after... (you get the idea!)"

Paul James of Cambridge, first-time swimmer in 2016

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Before the Swim

We need many volunteers before the day of the Swim to help us prepare for the event. Volunteer tasks include:

  • Distributing flyers, postcards, and other Swim publicity materials
  • Setting up the finish line chute at Fort Phoenix
  • Labeling swim caps
  • Assembling swimmer packets
  • Preparing food and supplies to bring to the start line and finish line

The Day of the Swim

On the day of the Swim, we need approximately 80 volunteers to help at the start line and the finish line.

Start Line

We need approximately 50 volunteers at the start line in New Bedford. Start line volunteer tasks include:

  • Set up/break down
  • Swimmer check-in
  • Distribution of swim caps and timing chips
  • Parking
  • Kayak inspection
  • People flow
  • Photographers
  • Kayakers for the Safety Squad
  • Kayakers to Escort Swimmers
  • Lifeguards, Registered nurses, EMTs

Finish Line

We need approximately 30 volunteers at the finish line at Fort Phoenix State Reservation in Fairhaven. Finish line volunteer tasks include:

  • Set up/break down
  • Staffing of hospitality tents
  • Parking
  • People flow
  • Massage therapists
  • Photographers
  • Lifeguards,Registered nurses, EMTs

Thank you to our sponsors!

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