What a great day, and big thanks to all 2018 BOTB Athletes, volunteers, and our sponsors. Record participation and we exceeded 700 swimmers in the water this year!
See a quick recap of the day in the BOTB 2018 short video clip!
2018 Orientation Video
Easter Seals: Helping Kids with Physical Disabilities Succeed
What: 1500m & 3K open water swim across Britannia Bay, Ottawa River.
BOTB Past Video: YouTube Link
BOTB Team Challenge: Special awards for teams & clubs.
Start: 8:00am. Nepean Sailing Club. 3259 Carling Avenue, at Dick Bell Park.
Race-Kit Pickup: Nepean Sailing Club, Friday July 13th, 2018, 6-8pm (see registration page for more details).
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1500m Swim: Based on last years success, the BOTB 1500m ‘Walk-the-Plank’ swim will be expanded to include up to 100 swimmers, with a slightly modified start to allow for a full ‘downstream’ effect!
3K Classic Swim: The course offers a point-to-point swim starting at the Nepean Sailing Club and finishing at the Britannia Yacht Club.
View both courses on the combined 2018 BOTB Course layout.
The course will be well marked with swim buoys and 30 anchored sailboats. A flotilla of water safety craft including kayaks, SUPS, canoes and other safety boats will watch over swimmers along the protected course. We will transport your extra clothing and shoes to the finish line.
NEW THIS YEAR – Best Western Plus Ottawa is the official Bring on the Bay host hotel, offering a discounted rate to swimmers and a convenient location near the swim start. You can make a reservation by clicking here or by calling 1-866-214-1239 and mentioning you are with Bring on the Bay Swim.
Global Swim Series: BOTB was one of the founding members of the GSS. With more than 107,000 swimmers in 140 races, in 37 countries (and still growing), the Global Swim Series is the largest open water swim series in the world. Earn points for participation and placing in BOTB and other GSS swims to earn ranking in the series.
Swim Angel Program: Swim Angels will be available to attract and accommodate swimmers who are physically able to complete the race but for reasons ranging from disabilities to medical conditions or even a fear of swimming in open water, would not otherwise be able to participate. If you feel that you need a swim angel in order to participate, please choose that option when completing the registration. Check out our Swim Angel page.
Check out what swimmers told us in previous years!
- “I really enjoyed participating in this year’s event.It was very well organized and has a very cool “vibe”. I WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK NEXT YEAR!” – P.U (2016)
- “Bring on the Bay 3K swim race is extremely well organized, a fun event and very safe. All swimmers are welcome.” – C.T. (2016)
- “Done it for three years and next year will be my fourth.Very well organized and always tons of fun. –S.L. (2016)
- “Best organized swimming event I have ever participated in. – P.F. (2016)
- “This was a long time goal, to do an Open Water Swim…. LOVED my first incredible experience… Thank you all who had a hand for this event to happen. I will definitely be coming back next year. I wanted to say a big THANK YOU to one of the [kayak] volunteers, who guided me to the stairs for the last part of my trek. I TRULY appreciated his encouragement and guidance.” -R.M. (2015)
- “Staggeringly good effort by the organizers and volunteers, hadn’t a single worry out on the water allowing me to focus entirely on the swim. Easily the best swim I’ve been to this summer, will definitely be back next year.” -I.C. (2015)
- “Had a wonderful time, thanks to my swim angel. You and all your organizers and volunteers rock! –D.H. (2015)
- “I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for putting on such a great event. It was my first time and I had no idea what to expect… But all the friendly volunteers and the well-planned course put my fears to rest and I ended up having a really enjoyable swim. The gorgeous weather might have helped. Extra thanks for the logistics of providing the shuttle bus, post-race food, and the massage tables. Thanks for an awesome event!! See you next year! – A.M. (2015)
- “I just wanted to say ‘thank-you’ to yourselves and for the supporters of BOTB. I swam this year and was pleasantly surprised with the facilities at the start and finish, the safety support along the way, and the efficiency of the kit pickup. I am sure that I speak for many swimmers who haven’t already said thank you themselves.” – R.A. (2014)