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Join Us On New Year’s Day


Ready to Wash Away 2020?
Join Us on New Year’s Day for the 27th Annual Penguin Swim!

The 27th Annual Penguin Swim is set for Friday, January 1, 2021 and will take place once again on the beach at The Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel at 91st Street & the Ocean in Ocean City, Maryland! Get ready to dunk your penguin tail in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean to support our community’s Healthcare Heroes!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: EVENT DETAILS ARE TENTATIVE
AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the Penguin Swim you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19. Please see the Terms and Conditions for details.

  • Face coverings are required for everyone including participants, spectators, volunteers, and staff. Costume masks are not suitable face coverings. Cloth or disposable masks must be worn.
  • Please follow all posted instructions and verbal directions of volunteers and staff for physical distancing before, during, and after the event.
  • Please be respectful of others, if you are sick please stay home.

As you prepare to participate in this year’s Penguin Swim, please know that we’ve made changes to how the event will take place in compliance with the Maryland Department of Health’s Directive and Orders regarding community, recreational, leisure, cultural and sporting gatherings and events.

The health and safety of our participants, spectators, volunteers, and staff are at the forefront of our logistics planning. Some of the traditional features that we all look forward to at the annual Penguin Swim are being modified to reduce touchpoints, adhere to physical distancing guidelines, and decrease event expenses.


Please Note: The Entire Event Will Take Place Outdoors So Come Prepared For The Weather!

The Registration Fee is $25.00 per Participant.

Participants who register ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 10 are eligible to receive
an official 2021 Penguin Swim Short-Sleeve T-shirt!
Shirts for participants who register AFTER DECEMBER 10 will be available while supplies last.

Participants who RAISE OR DONATE $100 OR MORE will be eligible to receive
an official 2021 AGH Penguin Swim Long-Sleeve T-Shirt while supplies last.

To reduce touchpoints, there will not be additional incentive prizes or apparel sales.
To prevent people from gathering inside, there will not be any activities in the Atrium.

ALL participants MUST register either online or in-person
AND check-in to receive a wristband to gain access to the Swim Area!

Event Day Online Check-in and In-Person Registration BEGINS at 10:00a.m. and ENDS at 12:30p.m.

Online Check-In will be held at the ends of the streets right before the dune crossings at 92nd & 93rd Streets.
(Participants who register online will receive an email with specific instructions for where and how to check-in on Event Day.)

Event Day In-Person Registration will be held at the end of the street right before the dune crossing at 91st Street.

Advance Online Registration is Recommended.
Participants who need to register at the event will be required to use their own personal mobile device
to register online and pay the registration fee and make any additional donations with a credit card.
QR codes will be printed on signage with instructions for how to register and/or donate.

The Swim Will Take Place at 1:00p.m. on the Beach From 91st – 94th Street.
Registered participants and their spectators will be directed to physically distanced markers
on the beach
where they will remain throughout the event.

Wristbands and Shirts Can Be Picked Up Early!
Come to Advance Online Check-In and In-Person Registration at the Princess Royale
from 1:00-5:00p.m. on New Year’s Eve to avoid long lines and confusion at the event.

Quarantining? No Problem! You Can Still Participate in the Cyber Swim!
Register online then take an ice-cold dip wherever you are and post a photo or video
of your personal Penguin Swim on social media using #OCPenguinSwim.
Make sure your post is PUBLIC so we can see it! Find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!
There is an additional $5.00 fee for participant to register for the Cyber Swim
to cover the cost of mailing shirts and wristbands.

If you are a returning Penguin from last year’s Penguin Swim,
please LOGIN first before signing up for this year’s event. Thank you!


The Penguin Swim is a fun, annual event to support our not-for-profit community hospital. Each year, hundreds of Penguins raise funds to help the hospital provide the excellent quality care our community depends on. Individual and Team fundraising efforts by Penguin Swim participants enable Atlantic General to continue to provide that care, but they can’t do it alone! Business sponsors help make the event a great success as the Penguin Swim is one of our largest fundraisers in support of Atlantic General Hospital’s mission to provide a coordinated care system with access to quality care, personalized service and education to create a healthy community. All proceeds benefit Atlantic General Hospital Foundation. AGH is a 501c3 organization, gifts are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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