Thursday, June 8, 2017

Seafest Spotlight 2017: Swim for Survival

It's not something that civic officials and other authorities recommend for most days on the Prince Rupert waterfront, but on Seafest Sunday Teams of two are going to be urged to suit up in their survival suits, dive into the water and make the swim to an offshore life raft.

Part of the popular Seafest event is known as Swim for Survival.

One of the showcase items from the Sunday program takes place as part of the Waterfront activities that make up the final day of Seafest, this years Swim for Survival is set to take place from 1:30 to 2:30 PM.

It makes for an event that always generates much interest from the shore side observers as they watch the participants launch themselves into the water from the Lightering dock and then make their beeline to the raft, some with faster results than others.

Registration forms for this years event can be picked up at Home Hardware which is the sponsor of the event, or from the Seafest website here.

Participants must be 16 years of age and over and there is no entry fee required, the immersion suits required for the event are supplied by the organizers.

The deadline for entry is 1 PM on Sunday.

Watching over the event from a distance in past years have been the members or Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue Station 64 in Prince Rupert, a unit which has a strong presence at every Seafest, particularly when it comes to the water based elements of the festival weekend.

The full schedule of events and other notes related to Seafest can be be found on our Archive page here.

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