Boater Information

With an anticipated 300+ swimmers crossing the lake, we need many volunteer boaters!  If you know people who have a canoe, kayak, or powerboat and would like to support swimmers on August 12, please invite them to learn more and register as a volunteer boater.

Boaters for Women Swimmin' play a vital role in supporting all the swimmers, and are an integral part of our overall safety plan. As such, boaters should have experience in open water and be comfortable in choppy and/or windy conditions.  This event is NOT for individuals who are beginner kayakers or canoeists.  Inexperienced boaters can compromise the safety of both swimmers and other boaters.

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

Boater Registration

Boater Registration opens on April 15, 2017 and continues until August 5. Boaters are encouraged to register online through this site. Just click one of the registration buttons on our Home Page to get started!

Here's some information on the registration process:

  • All boaters (and passengers) must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the swim.
  • Boaters may register as individuals, or may start or join a team with other boaters or swimmers.
  • NEW this year: all Boaters who register must have a unique email address. If you are registering multiple participants make sure that you have email addresses for each.
  • Boaters are not required to fundraise, though you will have a personal fundraising page and will be able to easily gather donations from your friends and family in support of Hospicare if you choose. 

As a volunteer boater for Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare, you agree to:

  • Register as a volunteer boater.
  • Sign our liability waiver and publicity release.
  • Attend the briefing meeting before the event.  Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for boaters and their passengers participating in the event. See  Event Details for more information
  • Bring the boat you will use. Women Swimmin' does not provide boats for the event. At times, we maintain a list of canoes or kayaks that can be borrowed. However, arrangements for a borrowed boat must be made well in advance of the event.
  • Wear a personal flotation device (PFD) and have it securely fastened at all times when you’re on the water.  And have at least one extra PFD to throw to a swimmer.
  • Have in your boat a whistle; sunscreen; and water. (We'll provide the whistle!) 
  • Wear a Women Swimmin' baseball cap at the event. (We'll provide that too!  You'll receive both the whistle and the hat at the mandatory Boater meeting the night before the swim.) 
  • Arrive at the Ithaca Yacht Club on August 12 with enough time to unload your boat, park your car, launch your boat and paddle to the east shore of the lake by your assigned boating time.  There will not be a rain date, rather alternate activities if conditions to swim across the lake are unfavorable.

Kayak Safety Team

Experienced kayakers may volunteer to be on the Kayak Safety Team (KST). Paddlers who have had safety training (capsize recovery and boat re-entries), or who would like to learn these skills, AND who have a kayak with airtight flotation compartments fore and aft are invited to join this team.  

New This Year! Kayak Safety Team training for "Newbies" taught by "Oldies"

These training sessions will take place on the following Monday nights: July 10, 17, 24, 31, at Taughannock Falls State Park at 6:15 p.m. at the South Beach. 

Mandatory Boater Meetings

Attendance at these meetings is required by Hospicare's insurance carrier in order for you to participate in the event.

Power Boaters and Jet Skis:
Thursday, August 10, 7:00 PM at the Ithaca Yacht Club

Escort Boaters:
Friday, August 11, 6:30 PM at Boynton Middle School


Optional Escort Boater Clinic

Monday, August 7, 6:00 PM at the Ithaca Yacht Club

Whether it's your first time boatin' for Women Swimmin' or your fourteenth you can benefit from the Escort Boater Clinic. This clinic is voluntary but recommended. Its purpose is to improve your boatin' skills and better prepare you to escort and assist swimmers during the event.