The Beaufort River Swim is quickly becoming a Beaufort and Lowcountry tradition. The River Swim began in 2006 as a way to promote the sport of swimming while the Local Water Festival was occurring. It quickly began to take shape as an event all of its own! The YMCA took charge of the event and hosted it to start 2008. While initially the competitive swim had two different lengths, we realized that having everyone swim the same distance and start together was much more clear and fun for the competitors.
The competitive event is now set as a 3.2-Mile Open water swim along the shoreline of Beaufort, highlighting the natural beauty of the area. And back again is the 1-Mile 'Fun Swim" which will start at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital dock. This is a great opportunity to experience what swimming in open water is like or just kick back and enjoy the scenic view of Beaufort from the water!
The River Swim continues to grow in popularity as the years go by. We hope to continue to grow and be able to raise money to serve more individuals in the community that want to learn to swim. Please come out and be a part of this great event and help us towards our goal!
A big thanks goes to the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club for generously letting the River Swim utilize their race buoys for last year's event. We appreciate their help in making our course even better!
Proceeds of the Beaufort River Swim Benefit Our Learn to Swim Program:
Last year we raised over $10,000 at the Beaufort River Swim. Individuals who wouldn't have the access or means to learn to swim are able to, through generous donations and support from individuals like you. In addition to support from the River Swim, our own scholarship program and outside grants such as the Y-USA Safety Around the Water grant, allowed over 850 individuals to be positively impacted through swim lessons and aquatic programming and education at the Y. In 2016 the Y taught over 1,500 swim lessons!
Swimmers of all levels participate in the River Swim: triathletes, recreational lap swimmers and competitive age group swimmers. The Race starts at Port Royal Landing Marina, travels around the bend, passes the Hospital, and finishes at the Boat Ramp at the corner of the Downtown Marina, adjacent to Waterfront Park.
The YMCA is a not for profit organization promoting youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The organization is overseen by a volunteer board of directors within the community.