Lake Swimmer Information ~ ​Thank you for joining us for the 19th annual Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare! 

Register here! Lake Swimmer spots still available. ​

Women Swimmin' is a non-competitive, community swim that depends on the cooperation and good will of all involved for its success. 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.

  • For updates and news visit or our Facebook page  
  • Reach out to Kimari Johnson with questions 

  • As a Lake Swimmer for Women Swimmin' for Hospicare, you agree to:

  • Pay a non-refundable $25 registration fee. 
  • Raise at least $275 ($300 minus the registration fee) for Hospicare by Friday, August 12, a day before the lake swim. 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!
  • There is a confirmation date on July 11, 2022, at which point we will check in with any swimmers who have not reached their fundraising minimum to confirm that they still plan to participate and have the tools and information they need to be successful in reaching their fundraising goals.
  • Swim and follow the rules outlined by Hospicare and the Women Swimmin' for Hospicare Committee, including, but not limited to, not entering the water unless specifically directed to do so and maintaining all safety and COVID regulations while on the buss and at the Ithaca Yacht Club. 
  • Swim across the lake on your own volition. 
  • Let us know if you realize at any point that you won't be able to participate in the swim.  Perhaps you'd want to Go the Distance instead, or just fundraise! Whatever you choose to do, your personal fundraising page will remain active so your friends and family can still donate in your honor to support Hospicare. 

    Join us for our “drive through” packet pick up! Stop by and be greeted by Hospicare staff and volunteers and receive your T-shirt and goodies, as well as incentive gifts for those raising over $500 or $1,000. 

    All donations made before Friday, August, August 12th at 5pm will be counted towards leaderboard prizes and incentive prizes.

     All pick-ups are at the Hospicare residence at 172 E King Road, Ithaca. Participant packets are for swimmers, folks who are Going the Distance, and our fundraisers. Volunteers can also pick up their T-shirt and nametag at the packet pick-ups.

    Hours for Outdoor Pick Ups:

    • Wednesday, August 10 - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Thursday, August 11 - 8:00 am - 10:00 am
    • Thursday, August 11 - 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


    • POD information and time you need to be at Cass Park to catch your bus to Bolton Point (for swimmers only)
    • Writs band or ticket for getting your free breakfast on Swim Day
    • A 2022 T-shirt with custom artwork by Emily Hopkins
    • A BOGO coupon for Cinemapolis
    • Incentive prizes for those that have raised more than $500 or $1,000
    • A custom Mermaid charm designed by Micky Roof of the Jewlbox
    • PLUS! A few special surprises


    You can drive through or get out of your car and hang out with us for a while!

    1. GOT DONATIONS? Get a form and fill it out. Pick up an envelope for last minute donations. These donations will be added to your fundraising total and count towards our fabulous incentive gifts. Submit envelope and form. Get a receipt for your donations. 
    2. GET YOUR PACKET - Check in and get your packet and prizes.
    3. WANT MERCHANDISE? We will have t-shirts, thank you notes, hats, pottery, and other goodies for sale. (Cash, check, and credit cards accepted.)

    WIN PRIZES! Every participant who picks up their packet will have a chance to win one of our raffle baskets. Winners will be drawn during our closing ceremony on Swim Day, Saturday, August 13th.


    As a Lake Swimmer for Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare, you agree to: 

  • Stay home if you feel sick or have a cough, a fever, or are having difficulty breathing  
  • Wear a mask at Ithaca Yacht Club (IYC) if you are not fully vaccinated 
  • Wear a mask (regardless of vaccination status) on the bus 
  • Swim the course as outlined by buoys and a line of support boaters 
  • Swim the route on your own volition 
  • CANCELLATIONS DUE TO WEATHER OR HABS - There will be no “rain date”. If there is uncertainty about lake conditions due to weather (a threat of a storm, rough water, etc.) or the presence of harmful algae blooms (HABs), the Safety Team will assess the situation the morning of the swim and post updates on or

    CHECK IN & POD LINE UP - Upon arriving at the Cass Park, you must check in with your Pod Manager. Please look for the sign with your pod number and a pod manager with a bandana of the same color as your pod and gather there. The Pod Manager will check you in and walk you to the bus when it’s your turn to get on the shuttle.  

    GEAR & EQUIPMENT – At packet pick up you will be given a Women Swimmin’ latex swim cap, in a color designating the group you will swim with (your pod). Goggles, wetsuits, lava pants, and fins/flippers are all acceptable equipment to use during Women Swimmin’, but only if you’ve been swimming with them regularly prior to the swim. Swim buoys are highly encouraged! The day of Women Swimmin’ is not the time to try out new equipment. Kickboards are not allowed.  

    WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR STUFF BEFORE YOU GET IN THE WATER- You should plan to have towels and clothes for after the swim in a small plastic bag (like a grocery bag) clearly marked with your name and pod number. Each pod will have a large laundry bag clearly identified with the pod number. All swimmers in the pod will put their bag of belongings in the “pod bag.” Your pod’s bag will be collected and available for you to pick up after the swim on tables near the playground at IYC.  (There will be a changing room space.) Your bags will be organized by pod number. A volunteer will remain with the belongings.  

    If you wear glasses, please bring a case with your name on it to make it easier to collect them when you exit the water. There will be a special place to leave eyeglasses at the swim entry point. Glasses will be placed in a special bin on the South Dock near where you’ll come out of the water. 

  • THE ROUTE - Our swimmin’ women will catch a bus from Cass Park to Bolton Point and swim across Cayuga Lake to the south dock at IYC. 
  • SUPPORT BOATERS - The Kayak Safety Team and Support Boaters will be lining either side of the swim to help keep the swimmers on course.  Swimmers will not have an assigned boater, but there will be plenty of boats on the course for safety
  • WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET TIRED DURING THE SWIM- Any time you need assistance, wave one arm overhead and a paddler will come to you. If you need to stop for a moment, hold onto the bow (never the side or stern) of a support boat: hold the front of the boat with fingers overlapping, as if eating a large sandwich—thumbs on the bottom and fingers on top. This technique distributes your weight evenly on the front of the boat and keeps the boat upright.  

    If you feel you can’t continue the swim, let a boater know. A jet ski will be called in to take you to shore. Emergency medical staff and the ambulance will be present there to assess the need for any care or to provide transportation. A Check-Out Volunteer will note your name and relay it to other volunteers and staff who need to know.  

    FINISHING THE SWIM & CHECKING OUT - Upon completing the swim course, you should exit the water only by way of the IYC’s South Dock. Look for the ladders to climb onto the dock. If needed, towels will be available when you climb onto the dock.  

    Check-out volunteers holding green notebooks will be waiting to greet you and check your name off their list.  It is very important that each swimmer who enters the water gets her name checked off the list when she exits the water.  

    You can read about our safety protocols in the Participant Safety Manual.

    Come to Women Swimmin' and cheer the swimmers on! Spectators are welcome to take a shuttle between 6:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. from Cass Park to the Ithaca Yacht Club (IYC) on Saturday, August 13th for a delicious breakfast, live music, and closing ceremony, all to celebrate our community’s efforts!

    Women Swimmin’ Swim Day Schedule 

    Saturday, August 13, 2022 

     All times are approximate 




    5:00 a.m. 

    Women Swimmin’ staff and early set-up volunteers arrive and begin setting up. 

    5:30 a.m. 

    The Safety Team makes preliminary determination if weather is favorable for the lake swimmin portion of the event. If the weather does not look or is not forecasted to be safe for lake swimmin’, the Women Swimmin’ staff update key volunteers and posts to the Women Swimmin’ website and social media 

    5:30 a.m. 

    Other volunteers begin arriving, per their assigned role. 

    5:45 a.m. 

    Support Paddlers arrive at IYC, check-in, and get on water by 6:15 a.m.  


    HAB Harriers from Cayuga Lake Watershed Network and the Community Science Institute begin visual inspection of the swim course to look for signs of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs).  If their inspection shows no signs of HABs the swim continues as planned. 

    6:00 a.m. 

    Lake swimmers begin to gather for check-in at Cass Park Rink, according to their pod assignment. 

    6:00 a.m. 

    Escort Paddlers begin to arrive at IYC and get ready to put boats in the water per their assignments. Please arrive at least one hour before your pod gets in the water.  

    6:30 a.m. 

    Shuttle buses begin runs between Cass Park Union Fields and Ithaca Yacht Club (IYC) 

    7:10 a.m. 

    The first pod of swimmers enters the water for their swim across the Lake! 

    7:30 a.m. 

    Ithaca Bakery breakfast opens for spectators and volunteers. 

    7:45 a.m. 

    The Yardvarks begin to play. 

    7:45 a.m. 

    Merchandise and raffle sales open. 

    8:00 a.m. 

    Swimmers begin arriving back at IYC. 

    9:00 a.m. 

    Last pod of swimmers enters the water  

    11 a.m. 

    Final Swimmers complete their swim and arrive at IYC 

    11:15 a.m. 

    Closing ceremonies, award presentation, drawing of raffle winner  

    11:30 a.m. 

    Clean-up begins. Feel free to stay and help! 

    11:45 a.m. 

    Last run of shuttle buses from IYC to Cass Park