What is the Swim for Waves Swimathon?
The Swim for Waves Swimathon is fundraising initiative where swimmers are sponsored by friends, family and work colleagues to swim in a 1 hour swim time to raise funds for The Wahine Project or Explore Corps and their surf outreach local and internationally. You don’t need to be a ‘competitive’ swimmer to participate – people of all abilities can join in and take part. You can swim any style or distance that suits you; whether it be 1 or 100 laps in doggy paddle, freestyle, sidestroke, or breaststroke – it is all about participation! Younger participants can even choose to go down the pool slide over and over in exchange for swimming laps.
How does it work?
Participants arrive at between 4-5 pm, event ends by 7, on Oct 18 and swim for one hours time.
Who can take part?
Anyone can take part! Whether you are 5 or 85 years old, a doggy paddler or squad swimmer… we’d love you to dive in!
You just need to have parental consent if you are under the age of 18.
How much does it cost to enter?
Students (under 18): $5
What does this pay for you ask?
The entry fee covers the cost of holding the event – your fundraising dollars contribute to improving programming and providing scholarships
Where will the event take place?
Pattullo Swim Center in Seaside, 1148 Wheeler St.
How do I enter?
The best way to enter is online by filling out the online link…
Your details will be secure and entering online is more cost effective and environmentally friendly, leaving more money to support this fundraiser.
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I enter if I want to pay by cash, check or money order?
If you wish to pay by cash or check please contact us.
When will entries close?
Online registrations will close at 5pm on the Thursday before the event.
Can I still register on the day?
Do I have to be a good swimmer?
No, however you should be able to swim at least one lap of a pool unassisted. The Swimathon is a fun day where anyone can join in, no matter what their ability. There’s no pressure to go at a particular speed or stroke; you can take it at your own pace and life guards will be on duty for the duration of the event. That being said the Swimathon is a swimming event and so basic swimming ability is needed for your own safety. But you can always slide!!!
I can’t swim, however I want to help The Wahine Project and Explore Corps- what can I do?
It’s great to hear you want to show your support! If you can’t swim yourself you can always sponsor a swimmer or slider participating in the Swimathon.
Can I use floatation aids?
Yes. Swimmers are permitted to use floatation devices and swimming aids (including fins, kick boards, noodles and wetsuits) .
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes – donations or sponsorships over $2.00 are fully tax deductible.
Sponsors who donate online will automatically receive a tax deductible receipt via email once the transaction is complete. If you collect offline donations, we can provide you with an envelope and receipts.
Are there prizes?
Absolutely! We award your efforts in and out of the pool.
Can I request a refund?
Unfortunately entry fees are non-refundable but are transferable to others.
What do I receive for my entry fee?
The opportunity to be a part of something amazing that will benefit a great program!
A sweet goodie bag with fun stuff!
Prizes for different categories based on number of laps, slides, funds raised, most sponsors!, age groups!
Do you have merchandise?
Yes, each registered swimmer who raises at least $50 will get a voucher to do their own T shirt Screen with Event logo! Date to be announced for tshirt making day.
I want to fundraise, but I don’t know how or where to start. Where can I get more information?
First of all, thank you! It is wonderful that you want to fundraise and support local and international surf outreach. We have all sorts of tips, tricks and tools to get your fundraising started – you will receive an email after you register with lots of info!
Don’t forget, we are here to support you every step of the way, feel free to contact us, Dionne@thewahineproject
If I sponsor someone, can I get a receipt so that the donation is tax deductible?
Yes, any donation $2.00 and over is tax deductible; you can sponsor a participant online and a receipt will be emailed to you automatically. You can also make a donation directly to the swimmer who will issue you an official receipt, post in a check/money order to The Wahine Project.
Where does the money go?
The entry fee covers the cost of running the event.
Every fundraising dollar goes toward funding life changing programming to youth in your community or if you choose it can go to our international projects.
How do I add my cash donations that I have collected on to my fundraising?
Simply collect from donors and hand deliver to The Wahine Project.
If you selected that your donor requires a receipt, their tax deductible receipt will be sent to their email address immediately.