Save The Bay is gearing up for its 42nd annual Save The Bay  Swim and is recruiting volunteers to support the event at the Newport Naval Base and at Potter Cove (Jamestown) on Saturday, Aug. 4.

Available volunteer assignments at the Newport Naval Base — the Swim’s starting point — include:

• Directing parking in the Newport Grand parking lot (3:30-7:45 a.m.)
• Unloading kayaks at the Newport Naval Base (3:45-7:45 a.m.)
• Inspecting kayaks at the Newport Naval Base (3:45-7:45 a.m.)

Those who choose to volunteer at Potter Cove in Jamestown — the Swim’s finish point — will  have a variety of tasks to choose from, including:

• Directing parking in Jamestown and guiding visitors to shuttles (4:45-9:45 a.m.)
• Monitoring and guarding the finish line, encouraging swimmers and keeping watch
for any who need assistance (5-10 a.m.)
• Supporting the post-Swim party by setting up, preparing food and managing trash and
recycling (5:30-10:30 a.m.)

Experienced kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders are also needed to join the event’s Safety  Team to monitor for any participant who needs assistance (6-10 a.m.). Safety team members must attend an orientation.

Interested volunteers can sign up online at savebay.org/volunteer or by contacting Save The  Bay Volunteer Manager July Lewis at jlewis@savebay.org. Groups of up to 25 volunteers are welcome and should contact July Lewis directly to sign up.

As one of the most storied open-water swims in the United States, the Save The Bay Swim celebrates tremendous progress in cleaning up Narragansett Bay since its first official Swim in 1977  and the organization’s founding in 1970. In the early years of the Swim, swimmers often emerged from the water with oil and tar balls on their skin and swimsuits. Conversely, in recent years,  swimmers reported seeing schools of menhaden beneath them. The Swim is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser, providing critical support to the organization’s efforts to protect and improve  Narragansett Bay and its watershed, and the event’s success relies on the support of more than 150  volunteers. Learn more about the Swim—including details about registration, donations and more— at swim.savebay.org/2018.

Ryan M. Belmore

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