Georgia Strait swimmers end day in Nanaimo

Swimming across the Georgia Strait is no small feat, but that is just what those participating in the Salish Sea Swim propose to do on Saturday (Aug. 6).

Swimming across the Georgia Strait is no small feat, but that is just what those participating in the Salish Sea Swim propose to do on Saturday (Aug. 6).

The journey, which aims to raise awareness about environmental issues facing the strait, finishes in the evening at Neck Point Park.

More than a dozen swimmers, including an Island woman with multiple sclerosis, will participate in the second annual Salish Sea Swim, either in relay teams or as solo swimmers.

Participants leave Davis Bay in Sechelt at 8 a.m. and arrive in Nanaimo 35 kilometres and about 10 hours later.

Each solo swimmer and relay team will be followed by an escort boat offering first aid or protection against hypothermia if needed.

The event’s two solo swimmers, Rob Craig and James Monk, who also completed the 35-kilometre swim last year, plan to again complete the entire swim without wetsuits.