After thirty-one years swimming across Provincetown Harbor from Long Point to the Boatslip, the annual Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla is changing course. The appearance of white sharks due to the increased seal population has created concern for swimmer safety in the deep waters off Long Point. For this reason, the course of this important Provincetown tradition and fundraiser will move closer to the town’s shoreline. Walkers will be invited to participate as well. We also have a fresh water alternative at Great Pond in Wellfleet!
The tides will require the shoreline swim and walk to begin earlier, with details to be announced shortly. Additionally, on the day of the Swim for Life on September 7, there will be a “Satellite Swim” in Great Pond in Wellfleet, pending approval by the town. This fresh water swim is approximately a mile and will follow the shoreline of the pond. “The Swim was created to honor the pristine harbor, which is the lifeblood of the town. The increased presence of seals and sharks in our waters is a harbinger of changes in the environment. And swimmer safety is paramount,” states Jay Critchley, Director of the Provincetown Community Compact (The Compact), sponsor of the Swim for Life. “These changes continue our celebration of the harbor’s ecology. This is about the resilience of the Swim, the community and the planet,” he added. Rising water temperatures and currents are pushing whales and lobsters north while the town becomes more vulnerable to ocean flooding.
The Swim for Life ignites a passion for the community from people across the US and beyond who care about the well-being and sustainability of the town. The Compact invites everyone, from its business sponsors to the local community, to rally to this reinvigorated event.
Anticipating such a change, The Compact Board of Directors has closely monitored this situation for several years, consulting with the Provincetown Harbormaster, the US Coast Guard, the Cape Cod National Seashore, swimmers, boaters and scientists. The change became necessary this year when the Cape Cod National Seashore denied the permit for the Swim start at Long Point.
The Compact have long been committed to swimmer safety, including helping with the installation of buoys for tracking shark activity, supporting the White Shark Conservancy and contributing financially to the Woods Hole Group contracted to study shark mitigation.
Take the Plunge! Join us September 7 with an earlier Registration time of 7-8:00 am. Contact: www.theswim4life.org