JOIN THE AQUATIC CAPITAL OF AMERICA FOR The COVID-19 VIRTUAL SWIM, PADDLE and/or ROW TO HAWAII
Many athletic events have been cancelled due to the pandemic, and the 2020 Naples Island Swims and SUP event hosted by Aquatic Capital of America (ACOA) in Long Beach, CA is no exception. Generally our largest fundraiser each year, the Board of Directors of ACOA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public benefit corporation, looked for another way to attract all water sports enthusiasts who have found their races cancelled and training/exercise options severely reduced for the past several months.
Our answer? Swim, paddle, or rowto Hawaii during the month of August!
WHO: You! Also, all your watery friends doing any water activity that can be individually measured for distance while, of course, socially distancing.
WHAT: The distance between Long Beach, California and Honolulu, Hawaii is 2,558 miles. This equates to 4,502,080 yards or to 4,116,702 meters (1 yard = .9144 meters, one meter = 1.0936 yards)
Yes, this is a HUGE distance. Here is how we will do it – as a group! Each person wishing to participate will register, pay an entry fee of US$35, and we will total ALL the distance covered by the entire group.
WHEN: The entire month of August
WHERE: Any navigable body of water that allows swimming, paddling or rowing - oceans, bays, lagoons, lakes, ponds - anywhere you can track or use your best estimate of how far you have moved (measured in or converted to yards)
WHY: The impact of funds raised through this event will help ACOA to continue growing our programs even through these unprecedented times.
To pay swim lessons fees for youths into underserved, primarily minority, areas of Long Beach (Every Child a Swimmer)
Assist local aquatic organizations and athletes with expenses associated with coaching and training
Offer scholarships toward the cost of college for high achieving high school seniors planning to continue their aquatics sports activities in college
HOW: You choose!
What method to use, as long as you are on/in the water, or using VASA or Concept II erg trainers with computerized displays showing the distance covered
How much distance to cover daily during August
How many rest days you take
HOW MUCH: US$35.00 payable online when you register. Your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "ClubAssistant.com Events."
HOW DO I REGISTER: Online through Club Assistant. Click on the "Register Online Now!" button at top of bottom of this page. Entries are accepted at any time during the month of August.
SWAG: Yes! Each participant will receive a high-quality 100% cotton T-shirt and a medal commemorating your participation, both designed for this event. Your Swag will be mailed to you as soon as possible after you register, but no later than mid-September.
Prevailing local social distancing directives should be followed
Open to all ages and nationalities
No age group competitions – this is a group effort!
4 divisions - Swim, Row, Paddle, Lifeguard
Teams - You may enter as part of a team. Teams may represent
Official national governing body clubs for the various sports represented in the event
Loosely organized workout groups of 2 or more individuals
Lifeguard organizations (city, county, state, and/or national lifeguard services)