NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – YMCA Southcoast and the Buzzards Bay Coalition are partnering to offer discounted short-term membership rates and special programming for potential swimmers seeking pool access and training support leading up to the Buzzards Bay Swim on June 22.
Six-month and three-month YMCA Southcoast memberships are now available at $300 and $150 respectively with no joiner’s fee through February 25. Additionally, adult swim classes and Buzzards Bay Swim prep clinics will be offered in New Bedford and Wareham. Spring 1 Session starts on February 25 and Spring II on April 22.
“YMCA Southcoast has supported the Buzzards Bay Swim and its clean water mission for many years,” said YMCA Southcoast CEO Jim Scherer. “With four indoor and four additional outdoor aquatic facilities, Y Southcoast is the region’s leading provider of aquatic activities for all ages. We’re excited to offer pool access and training programs to enable more people to experience both our facilities and this fantastic open water swim event in June.”
The Buzzards Bay Swim is a 1.2-mile open water swim across outer New Bedford Harbor that raises funds to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. All swimmers receive an event t-shirt, bronze finisher’s medal, reusable water bottle and pancake breakfast on the beach with gourmet coffee, local beer for 21+, live music, post-swim massage, and awards and prizes. Last year, the event raised over $158,000 for clean water in our community.
“The Buzzards Bay Swim is an exciting and meaningful challenge and chance to give back,” said Buzzards Bay Coalition Vice President of Engagement Rhonda Veugen. “We’re hoping our partnership with the Y will provide support and encouragement to anyone considering participating in the Swim. If you’ve been thinking about it, this is definitely the year!”