July 1 to July 25, 2021 – Choose Your Own Time and Location
The 14th annual Bring on The Bay (BOTB) open water swim is back this year, and we are going virtual! While we are disappointed that the ongoing pandemic prevents us from safely holding group events, swimmers can still enjoy a day in the water while competing in the BOTB Virtual Swim at their chosen time and location. This is an opportunity to support Easter Seals kids while doing something we love – let’s go have some fun helping kids BE KIDS!
Who can swim?
We welcome all swimmers of all ages!
All participants are required to sign a waiver during the online registration process. In order to compete in BOTB, all participants are required to train appropriately and have taken all safety precautions. This includes following all local public health protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Swimmers are training and competing at their own risk.
Where to swim?
You choose your location! Swim in a pool, a lake, a river or an ocean! Wherever you can find a safe place to swim and keep track of your distance and time.
When to swim?
Swim any time between July 1 and July 25, 2021.
The Bring on the Bay Swim includes three distances: 1,500 m, 3 km and 6 km. Participants can select which distance they would like to swim, register for one or for all (a new option only possible with a virtual swim)!
What are the benefits for you?
The BOTB Virtual Swim still allows you to do what you love, SWIM! Training for and competing in the swim will help you stay active and achieve your fitness goals, all while helping to raise funds and awareness for Easter Seals kids in a time when they need you the most.
Participants are asked to fundraise and collect pledges from their contacts and colleagues in support of their participation in the swim. All donations will qualify for a tax receipt and go toward providing essential programs and services to kids with physical disabilities. A minimum fundraising amount of $40 per swimmer is encouraged. All participants will qualify for prizes just by participating. There will also be grand prizes for the top three fundraisers!
Registration fees are $25 per category.
Bring on the Bay Loyalty
You matter to us and going virtual doesn’t change that! We celebrate and recognize swimmers who have joined us for 10 or more years. If you are counting towards your 10-year swim cap number, this year will count. 10-year swimmers will forever be assigned the same swim cap number for future swims. It’s an honourable club!
Global Swim Series (GSS)
We are a founding member of the GSS, which includes over 200 swim events in over 35 countries and more than 100,000 swimmers. Simply join our virtual event to earn yourself points in the Global Swim Series and achieve a worldwide ranking! This is also an opportunity for international swimmers to earn points in our event without having to travel. Sign up from anywhere, swim anywhere, and join other GSS virtual events to improve your world ranking!
Bring on the Bay Swag
Supporters are invited to shop our swag shop and purchase some items. All proceeds from sales will support Easter Seals Ontario.
How to submit your time and distance?
It’s easy! Keep track of your laps in a swimming pool and use a timer.
In open water, utilize your GPS-enabled sports watch, use distance markers in the water or even landmarks. We place trust in our swimmers to record their time and distance as accurately as possible. While there are no awards for placing this year, we will provide a record of swimmers along with their time and distance.
Fundraise to win some awesome prizes!
The BOTB swim is for YOU, but the fundraising is for Easter Seals kids! So be sure to reach out to your contact lists and have your friends and family pledge you in order to help fund essential equipment items for Easter Seals kids. The VIP prizing is being awarded to the top three fundraisers, and all registered participants who have raised the minimum of $25 will be automatically be entered to win randomly drawn prizes!
The top three fundraisers will win $400, $250 and $150 Bushtukah gift cards!
Participant prizing will be randomly drawn. Four $50 gift cards from Bushtukah will be awarded. Also up for grabs:
- 2 framed 11×14 prints of “Swim Nation,” a custom image created specifically for, and inspired by, the Bring on the Bay participants by local artist An Nguyen.
- 10 individual access passes to participate in the Traversee du Lac Tremblant, distances selection includes 1, 3, 5 and 12 km race access.
For a bit of social fun!
Please let us know on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter about your swim. Where? How far? Share the experience! Don’t forget to tag @EasterSealsON.
Please note: Offline fundraising is also available. Please download the pledge form at www.bringonthebay.com or contact Linda Clouthier for more information at email@example.com or 613-893-3240.