The Swim for Grand Traverse Bay wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful volunteers. If you love the Bay and want to help us put on a fun and successful event, consider volunteering your time.




We are in need of experienced open water paddlers (kayaks, SUPs, canoes and surf skis welcome!) to help out with the Swim for Grand Traverse Bay on Saturday, August 11, 2018.

Safety Squad paddlers may help monitor the field of swimmers and individual support kayakers, assist with swimmer counts along the course and create additional visibility on the course. Safety Squad members must be willing, able, and trained to perform an open water rescue if needed. Certification required.

To join in, you must have

  • Your own kayak, stand up paddle board, canoe or surf ski
  • A U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) for yourself
  • An extra PFD
  • Whistle (provided)
  • A means to bail water (if kayaking)
  • A leash (if paddleboarding)

There will a mandatory safety briefing on the beach at Greilickville Harbor Park at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11 to allow paddlers to be out on the course before the swimmers start.

ALL VOLUNTEER PADDLERS MUST REGISTER (there is no cost) so we have an accurate participant count and your emergency contact information. 

Volunteers are invited to enjoy the after-party immediately following the Swim at Volleyball Beach.

Questions? Email paddlers@swimforgtbay.com.

general volunteer opportunities

We are also looking for volunteer to help at the start of the race and assist with the after-party set up and break down. All volunteers receive a free ticket to the pancake breakfast. Email us here.




contact us to volunteer

If you are interested in helping out with this event, please contact us for more information.