What is it?  

So, what is Swim-A-Thon and why do we do it? Swim-A-Thon is a fundraiser in which participants earn money for their team by swimming lengths of the pool. Swimmers have a two-hour period to swim a maximum of 200 lengths, and they receive monetary pledges of support from family, friends, neighbors, and local businesses. Donors can either pledge a certain amount of money per length or make a flat donation in support of your team. There are over 500 Swim-A-Thons conducted by swim teams across the country each year and the Swim- A-Thon has historically been a very successful method of raising funds for our team.

An exciting aspect of the Swim-A-Thon is that it is not only an excellent fundraiser but is also an opportunity to combine swimming and a social event. The Swim-A-Thon is also a positive way to boost team spirit and increase community awareness of our team.

Did you know Swim-A-Thon has taken place for several decades and well over a half a million swimmers have taken part and swum enough laps to go around the world approximately 24 times! It is truly a huge event and since just 1998 Swim-A-Thons have raised over 30 million dollars for swim clubs around the country. 

.Why do we do it?  To raise money for repairs and upgrades to our facilities.

 How does it work?   Participants can solicit donations/pledges in two ways:

  • Ask in person – and keep track of what you collect using the traditional Swim-a-Thon Packet (for cash/check donations) consisting of the Pledge Form and Receipts.   
  • Email/Facebook –  easy as 1-2-3!    1) Sign in to your account  2) click on the Swim-a-Thon Lane line at the top of the ODAC website.  You will land in the Set-up tab to begin setting up your personal swimmer platform  3) Need help?  Click on the Red “Help Video” icon 
Ideas for Donation Letters to Send
  • Family (e.g., grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins)
  • Neighbors that you know
  • Co-workers or parents’ co-workers
  • Dentist
  • Orthodontist
  • Doctors
  • Family accountant/financial advisor
  • Local businesses you visit frequently (e.g., coffee shops, dry cleaners, salons, restaurants)
  • Baby sitters
  • Teachers


ODAC usually hosts a Silent Auction and a Pot Luck Lunch.  This is a great way to help ODAC raise some money.