Frequently Asked Questions

Is this donation tax deductible?

Navy SEAL Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Will I be removed from the swim if I do not meet the fundraising “ask” requirement of $2,000?

Swimmers who fail to show motivation to fundraise for the swim will be contacted directly. We understand times are unique but we require your best effort to help support the mission and our goal. Removal of your spot is at our discretion and will be given to someone who can meet the minimum fundraising requirement.

Do I need to provide documentation for open water swim experience?

Swimmers will be evaluated on an individual basis who have minimal OW experience. Documentation may include but is not limited too, previous open water swim events or races, proof of swim club, letter from coach/trainer, etc.

Do I need to provide my own kayaker?

Swimmers are encouraged to find their own kayak escort for the duration of the swim. We understand individuals traveling may not be able to do so. Additional kayak support is limited. If you strongly feel like you need a kayak to escort you for the duration of the swim please let us know prior and we will work with you to accommodate.

Will kayaks be provided if I want to support a swimmer?

No. You must bring your own kayak and personal life saving device for the paddler

Is this a wetsuit mandatory swim?

Yes. Unless cleared with event director (Geoff Leard) and our open water swim liaison (Greg O’Connor) prior to the event. Proof of open water and cold water swim experience may be required to validate a non wetsuit swimmer.

Can I use fins, buoys, etc?

Swimmers who are well over the 2:00:00 time mark are strongly encouraged to wear fins (please make sure you are training in them prior to showing up for the event) Swimmers are more than welcome to wear a personal swim buoy if they feel more comfortable in the water with it. Please reach out in advance with any questions, comments or concerns.

Will the swim be postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather?

We work very closely with the USCG Boston Sector who authorizes our permit for the open water swim. We will delay the swim up to a certain point and time to let weather pass, but ultimately the USCG will have the final call on whether it is safe enough to put swimmers in the water due to inclement weather. In the event the swim is cancelled, we will still hold our after party to gather and celebrate. Location TBD

Is there parking on-site?

The answer is yes but it is very minimal. Certain areas of the venue are reserved for kayak drop off, our VIPs, Gold Star Surviving Family members and mobility limited individuals. Our parking staff will direct people to park approximately a 1/4 mile down the road at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina.

Are there group-based hotel accommodations?

Yes. The Hilton Boston Logan Airport is our host hotel for the swim. Updated room block information can be found on our website.