Provincetown Harbor is designated a “safe harbor” and is one of the largest natural harbors in the world. The Swim for Life is both a fundraising event and a celebration of this unique geological gift that gave birth to Provincetown and its symbiotic relationship to the sea. The activation of this water with human bodies navigating its magical essence, along with the neon-colored swim caps and kayaks, has become an important community tradition as we become more aware of the fragility of the natural environment and our place within it.

Come immerse yourself in the 1.4 mile swim, glide across the harbor’s surfaces as a swimmer or kayaker, or welcome swimmers on shore as a volunteer or cheerleader.

Or witness.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS – all events free and open to the public.


Friday, September 8, 2017

Swimmer Orientation (optional, not required) – 1:00pm

Kayaker Orientation (optional, not required) – 2:00pm

Boatslip Beach Club beach, 161 Commercial Street

Celebration of Life Concert

UU Meeting House – 8:00pm, 236 Commercial Street (free)

Signing of Prayer Ribbons


Saturday, September 9, 2017

Swim for Life & Paddler Flotilla, Boatslip Beach Club, 161 Commercial Street

(Storm date September 10). Signing of Prayer Ribbons.



Kayak/Stand-up Paddle Boarders/Safety Boat Registration (on Boatslip beach)



Swimmer Registration, Boatslip Deck

Transport of swimmers to Long Point



Swim for Life Begins at Long Point



Public Greets Swimmers & Kayakers,  Boatslip




Mermaid Brunch (public welcome, donations accepted), Boatslip deck


1:00pm (or after last swimmer arrives safely)

Awards Ceremony