The Swim

The Save The Bay Swim Fundraiser

The Swim is Save The Bay’s largest, and most iconic, annual fundraiser. For 44 years, athletes and advocates have been inspired to tackle a two-mile, open-water swim across Narragansett Bay, raising both funds and awareness for Save The Bay’s mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay.

As a fundraiser, the Swim directly supports Save The Bay’s educational programs, our advocacy efforts, and our habitat restoration efforts. As a community event, the Swim engages 700 swimmers, kayakers and volunteers in a celebration of the recreational benefits of Narragansett Bay.

In honor of Save The Bay’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, we are rolling out some exciting new changes for the 2020 Swim, including new fundraising tools, new fundraising incentives and perks, and some welcome expansions!

Stay tuned! Details and registration are coming early April 2020!

Take a Look at the Swim:


Saturday, July 11, 2020
Time: 6:30 a.m.


Newport Navy Base • Newport, R.I.

Potter Cove • Jamestown, R.I.


Swimmer & Kayaker Fee: $50
This fee is non-transferable and non-refundable


Not a swimmer? That's ok! There are plenty of other ways to participate in the Swim.

It takes 150+ volunteers to make this event possible. Be one of them!


Help Save The Bay meet its biggest fundraising goal of the year!


I started swimming for Save the Bay and continue to do so because of the opportunity and challenge to swim across the Bay. To be immersed in the middle of the bay is such a great feeling. I know this wonderful experience wouldn’t be so wonderful if it were not for the tremendous work Save the Bay has done over the years to make and keep it clean.
Jana H., East Providence YMCA Team

Ready to join us?

Registration opens April 2020

Relive the magic of the 2019 Swim

2019 Save The Bay Swim

Many thanks to our generous 50th Anniversary sponsors:


Sage Family Foundation


Navigant logo

REI logo


Logo of FL Putnam, 50th anniversary celebration sponsor


Thanks, Roger Williams University, for sponsoring our 50th anniversary celebration!


BCBSRI, a 50th anniversary sponsor

Thanks, Absolut!


Many thank to Brown University for sponsoring our 50th Anniversary celebration

Thanks, BankNewport, for supporting our 50th anniversary celebration!

MOO, one of our generous 50th anniversary sponsors

Coast-To-Coast Promotional Products logo

Thank you to our 2020 sponsors:

Thank you, Conanicut Marine Services, for sponsoring Save The Bay in 2020!

Interested in becoming a Save The Bay sponsor?

For information about participating in or sponsoring this great event, contact Leanne Danielsen or call 401-272-3540 x140.

*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.


March 25, 2020

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence, Newport and Westerly will remain closed through April 10, 2020 in response to COVID-19. All volunteer, internship and public programs will remain suspended during this time.

Our staff remains dedicated to working on our mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay from home. As always, we are accessible via email (listed on our website), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.

Students of all ages are invited to tune in to our Breakfast by the Bay live stream on Save The Bay’s Facebook page every weekday at 10 a.m. Join us to learn about Bay species, habitats and more!

Unable to watch the video live? Catch the video later in the day on our Youtube page