Lake Swimmer Information

Women Swimmin' is a non-competitive, community swim that depends on the cooperation and good will of all involved for its success. On August 12, 2017 over 300 Lake Swimmers, 175 Boaters and countless Volunteers will come together for this unique fundraising event!

The impact of your swim will be felt by our patients and their families throughout the year. The funds you raise enhance our ability to provide the comfort measures our patients and families need, both in hospice and in our palliative care program. These donations also underwrite bereavement and educational services for the community.

Check out the 2017 Women Swimmin' Information Manual for Boaters and Swimmers.

Lake Swimmer Registration

Registration for Lake Swimmers will open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1 and will remain open until the maximum  of 350 Lake Swimmers and 30 Wait List Swimmers is reached.  With the 2016 swim filling up in just a couple hours, we suggest waking up early for the start of online registration. Set your alarm; maybe set 2 alarms! Swimmers are strongly encouraged to sign up online at this site. Just click on one of the registration buttons on our Home Page to get started!

Here's some information on the registration process:

  • All swimmin' women  must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the swim.
  • Lake Swimmers may register as individuals, or may start or join a team with other Swimmers and/or Boaters.
  • NEW this year: each Lake Swimmer, Wait List Swimmer, and Boater who registers MUST have a unique email address. If you are registering multiple participants make sure that you have email addresses for each.
  • All Lake Swimmers and Wait List Swimmers must pay a non-refundable $25 registration fee which counts toward the fundraising minimum of $200. You will have a personal fundraising page and will be able to easily gather donations from your friends and family in support of Hospicare, no matter where they live!

Wait List Swimmers

We maintain the Wait List of swimmers through July 12. When one of the Lake Swimmers cancels, we contact a swimmer on the Wait List to take her place. While we can't guarantee that every swimmer on the Wait List will be offered a chance to swim, in the past three years all the swimmers on the Wait List were offered a spot as a Lake Swimmer.

Key Dates and Times for Swimmers

Monday, May 1   Registration for Lake Swimmers begins at 6:00 a.m. and continues until we reach our max of 350 swimmers and a Wait List of 30 swimmers.
Wednesday, July 12   Last day of the Wait List and the swimmer confirmation date. We ask that all swimmers raise their $200 minumum by this day or contact Hospicare to confirm their participation. 
Wednesday, July 19   Last day to request to swim with a specific swimmer or have a particular escort boater. These requests can be made through your Participant Center.
Thursday, August 10   Swimmer Packet Pick-up at Hospicare 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 11   Swimmer Packet Pick-up at Hospicare, 3:00-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 12   Swim Day! 


For more information visit the Event Details page

Stay tuned for information about a Swimmer get together on May 20 at the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County, where Laps Swimmers and Lake Swimmers will have a chance to meet!