Volunteer

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.

 

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VOLUNTEER PADDLERS FOR SAFETY SQUAD 

We are in need of experienced open water paddlers (kayaks, SUPs, and surf skis welcome!) to help out with the Kids Swim (August 10) and the  Swim for Grand Traverse Bay (August 11)

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. 

To join in, you must have

  • Your own kayak, stand up paddle board, 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)

Kids Swim: There will a mandatory safety briefing on the beach at West End Beach at 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 10 to allow paddlers to be out on the course before the swimmers start.

Swim: 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.