27th Annual Maryland Swim for Life


27th Annual Maryland Swim for Life!

June 23, 2018

Sanctioned by Potomac Valley LMSC for USMS, Inc., Sanction: 108-W002

The District of Columbia Aquatics Club (DCAC) (www.swimdcac.org) is proud to host the 27th Annual Maryland Swim for Life on Saturday, June 23, 2018. This will be our seventeenth year of hosting this community fundraiser! We invite all swimmers, old and new, to join us in participating in this wonderful event.

Proceeds from Swim for Life support a number of small local organizations assisting individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS, as well as the ShoreRivers (formally Chester River Association), which advocates for the clean water health of Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Event Flyer:

All of the detailed information and maps are contained in the Event Flyer. All participants and volunteers are encouraged to download a copy for themselves. Save Trees - print if necessary.

2018 Event QUICK LINKS:

  1. 2018 Event Flyer



  4. Live Donations Tally

  5. Fundraising Resources

  6. Volunteers Needed!!

  7. Corporate Sponsorships


Each swimmer must contribute a minimum of $100 in pledges; many swimmers raise far more. Special prizes will be awarded to the top 10 fundraisers, based on pledges submitted by the start of the event. If you register online, you can submit your minimum pledge online and/or you can direct your sponsors to the online donation option. Pledge checks can be made payable to “DCAC Swim for Life.” Checks, cash, and credit cards will be accepted on the day of the event.

Funds raised are distributed to our charities: Heart to Hand, Inc., Quality of Life Retreats, and ShoreRivers.

Registration and Fundraising:

The registration fee to swim in the event this year is $40. This is to offset some of the costs without using donations that would otherwise go to the charities. With your registration fee, you will receive breakfast, picnic lunch, a swim cap and a t-shirt. We strongly encourage swimmers to register for Swim for Life though Club Assistant, which allows you to reach out to family and friends and collect donations online.  Club Assistant will also confirm your USMS registration or allow you to purchase your $30.00 one-event USMS registration (“OEVT”) if you are not USMS-registered. Check out our fundraising resources to help you raise donations for our great charities!


Every swimmer must be registered and checked-in by 8:15 a.m. on race day. All pledge money not submitted online also is due by 8:15 a.m., to be counted towards determination of fundraising prize winners. ABSOLUTELY NO changes to race distance will be permitted after registration closes.  To ensure the validity of the swim results, except for safety reasons, no mid-course corrections will be allowed.  If you do not complete your designated distance, please inform the event coordinators.  During check-in, swimmers will be body-marked and capped according to distance, and will receive a timing chip on a velcro strap, to be worn around one ankle.

Online registration closed at 11:59 pm eastern time on Thursday, June 21, 2018.  We will still accept the 2018 Race Day Registration form (.pdf) if you are unable to register online. We can not guarantee availability of t-shirts for registrations made after June 11, 2018.

7:00 – 8:15 a.m. On-Site Registration (check-in)

8:30 a.m.            Opening Ceremony and

                           Swimmer Instructions

9:00 a.m.            Swim Start

12:30 p.m.          Swim Cutoff,

                           Picnic celebration and

                           Awards Ceremony

2018 Contacts:


Event Postponement or Cancellation:

In the event of inclement weather or other emergency, the event may be postponed up to 2 hours. No “rain date” is scheduled. No refunds of any registration fees or donations will be made. Modification of the event distances is at the discretion of the Event Director and may be made in the event of impending weather concerns. Cancellations and modifications to the event will be solely at the discretion of the Event Director and Safety Coordinator, in coordination with the US Coast Guard and local authorities.

2017 Race Results and Photos:

Please visit our 26th Annual MD Swim for Life Highlights page


The top finishers, male and female, in “Wise” (Over 45 years old) and “Energetic” (up to and including 44 years old) categories for each distance will also receive awards.

The 2.4-Mile Triathlon challenge!

Please Support Our Sponsors!

MD Swim for Life is a major swim event in the Del-Mar-VA region and takes significant effort and resources. This year, we are actively seeking sponsors to offset the costs for putting on this event. Please see our Sponsorship page if you are with an organization that would like to contribute. We will do what we can to recognize your generosity including adding logos to this page, the flyer, and posting at the the event. We accept cash donations as well as in-kind donations for awards or services in support of the event. Our goal is to offset 100% of the costs with sponsorships, so that 100% of swimmer donations can be sent to our charities. Please help in supporting the following generous sponsors: