About the Penguin Swim

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.


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.
  • 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.

The registration fee is $25.00 per swimmer. ALL swimmers MUST register either online or in-person AND check-in to receive a wristband to gain access to the Swim Area!  You will receive an email with specific directions for where and how to check-in on Event Day.

Please note: The entire event will take place outdoors so come prepared for the weather!

Event day Online Check-in and In-Person Registration begins at 10:00a.m. and ends at 12:30p.m. The swim will take place at 1:00p.m. on the beach.

Come to Advance Online Check-In and In-Person Registration at the Princess Royale from 2:00-4:00p.m. on New Year’s Eve to avoid long lines at the event. Wristbands and shirts can be picked up early!

Participants who register on or before December 10th are eligible to receive an official 2021 Penguin Swim Short-Sleeve T-shirt! Shirts for participants who register after December 10th will be available at online check-in and in-person registration while supplies last.

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!

Event Schedule

New Year’s Eve at The Princess Royale
2:00-4:00 pm – Advance Online Check-In and In-Person Registration

New Year’s Day at The Princess Royale
10:00 am – Online Check-In and In-Person Registration BEGINS
12:30 pm – Online Check-In and In-Person Registration ENDS
1:00 pm – The Swim!

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