Q - Can we wear wetsuits? A - Yes you can. We will have awards for fastest male & female in each event, and fastest in wetsuit or naked (suit).
Q - Can I wear any other aid? A - Swim aids (fins, pull buoys, etc.) are allowed but you cannot win any of the trophies for fastest swimmer (Men or Women).
Q - Do I need to wear a swim cap? A - Swim caps that will be supplied MUST be worn. You will receive a cap when you register. The caps will have a different color and will have your number on them.
Q - Does my fee cover the cost of the ferry to the island? A - No that is something you will need to pay for on your own. Read more about getting to the island in the Event Info section.
Q - What happens if the event is cancelled due to waves, or lightening the day of? Will we get a refund? A - Unfortunately there are no refunds. This is due to the fact that come August 20th we will have spent 90% of of our budget already.
Q - For what reason will the event be cancelled? A - The event could be cancelled for the following reasons: The waves are to high, there is lightening, or the water quality is poor (over the allowable X parts per million). We will do our best to update you by email and on our Facebook page the day of the event.
Q - Is there a time limit for the swim? A - Yes the short course has a limit of 90 minutes, and the long course 3 hours. After this time the lifeguards will pull you out of the water.
Q - How good a swimmer do you need to be? A - We recommend you are a competitive swimmer, masters swimmer, or experienced recreational swimmer. Perhaps you are a triathlete and you are used to doing lake swims.
Q - Is their an age limitation? A - Yes, you must be 10 years old to swim. If you are under 16 you must be accompanied by an adult.
Q - When does the swim take place? A - We are going to have three events, with two heats each. The first event is the 1.5 km, and that will start at 11:05am SHARP with a 2nd heat going 1 minute after. The second event is the 3.8 km swim and that will start at 11:35am SHARP! with a second heat one minute after. The last event is the 750M which will take place when all swimmers are in from both 1.5K and 3.8k swim. The event takes place on August 20th, 2017.
Q - When does registration open? A - Registration starts at 9:00am, at the Centre Island Pier.
Q - What ferry do I need to take in order to get to the event on time? A - You will need to get the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal to catch a ferry to Centre Island. Be sure to get on the correct ferry. Please get here early to get your ticket and get on the ferry.
Q - Where can we park? A - You are on your own for parking. There are parking lots along the waterfront. We recommend the lots to the east of the ferry terminal. Behind the Toronto Star building and across from the Redpath Sugar factory.
Q - What if I purchased a ticket but can't make it? A - We will be giving partial refunds of 50% up to August 5th, 2017. After that we will not be giving refunds. We understand that plans change, however by August 1st we will have already spent 80% of the funds for the event.
Q - Where do we register for the event? A - We will have a baggage check station on the beach where you can check your extra clothing and shoes. You will be given a registration number and it will be drawn on your bathing cap. This number will allow you to retrieve your items at the baggage check-in. - See more at: http://www.torontoislandlakeswim.com/registration.html
Q - Where do we change for the event? A - There will be change-rooms near the beach at the Centre Island Pier.
Q - Where do we store our stuff while we are swimming? A - At the Pier we will have a bag check station. You can get your bag from the bag station attendant.
Q - Can you pay at the event? A - Yes you can pay cash to the Registration Organizer.
Q - What can I do if I like the idea, but don't want to swim? A - Hit our volunteer page HERE.
Q - I don't like using credit cards online, can I mail you a cheque? A - Sure, you can mail us a cheque CC: Pixel Insight Consulting Inc. 60 Hewitt Ave, Toronto, Ontario. M6R1Y3
ABOUT THE TORONTO ISLAND LAKE SWIM
Now in it's 5th Year the Toronto Island Lake Swim is an open water swim race held on August 20th, 2017. We have three distances: 750m, 1.5km, and 3.8km. The event is open to recreational swimmers up to competitive swimmers. We have partnered with Lake Ontario Waterkeepers, and are focused on bringing awareness to how important it is to keep our fresh water lakes clean.