Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla 2021

During 2020, Swim for Life was beached, but nevertheless swimmers, bikers and paddlers participated and raised pledges across twenty-six states, from California to Iowa to Florida. Set for September 11, 2021, the 34th annual Swim for Life and Paddler Flotilla will raise funds for AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod, Helping Our Women, and Outer Cape Health Services, among other organizations. The much-loved event has raised over $5 million since 1988.

Welcoming back swimmers, volunteers, kayakers, boaters and the public, Swim cofounder, artist and Provincetown Community Compact founder and director Jay Critchley said, “The Swim and the community made waves in response to HIV/AIDS and now we have a renewed mission to strengthen our resilience as we act to create a more diverse and equitable future. Let’s come together once again in a joyous celebration in the town that we all love and support.”

This year’s Swim for Life has a new swim route, a new time and a new post-Swim Mermaid Tea, with the possibility of a freshwater swim (stay tuned about that). In addition, those participants not on the Cape are able to join in virtually.

Artist Jim Youngerman, longtime Swim for Life swimmer from Lenox, Massachusetts, created the 2021 Swim for Life design.


For registration details and donations, visit swim4life.org.