What is included in my registration fee?

You will receive a t-shirt (made by rescued women in India through Freeset!), swim cap, food (Chick-fil-A, Yola's Cafe, etc.) and a goodie bag at the event, not to mention being part of something awesome!

How do I raise pledges?

First, come to our Kickoff Party on March 19 from 4:30 to 6:30pm, Play N Wisconsin (3919 Parmenter St, Middleton) to hear IJM advocate Tim Bodnar talk about IJM's work and how this organization is changing the world by rescuing slaves and bringing justice to the poor. We'll give you tools for fundraising, such as our pledge sheets, and set up your team's own IJM campaign page to show your friends and family. Parents are encouraged to come too. Then, tell everyone what you're up to! Pledges can be flat amounts (e.g. $30 no matter how many laps) or per lap (e.g. $1 per lap for a particular swimmer or for a team). Donations will be given through our IJM campaign pages and will go directly to IJM, a non-profit organization, so donations will be tax-deductible.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Sure -- if you decide not to swim, please find a substitute swimmer! Just contact us and we'll help you with this.

Do I have to fundraise to be part of this event?

No. Fundraising is totally at the discretion of the families. But we're fundraising to end slavery... we do hope you'll at least ask a few people!

Do I have to bring a printed ticket to the event?

No. We'll check you in when you arrive, but you do need to be registered in advance.

What happens if our team doesn't find enough swimmers?

If you can't find 8 or more swimmers, we will do our best to help you form a team. 8 is the minimum to qualify for team prizes, to help us offset event costs. We reserve the right to move swimmers between teams as needed to even things out, although we'll do our best to keep you with your peeps! If you wind up swimming with a small team, that is ok, and your efforts are just as important.

Can my parent or friend volunteer to help with the event?

Absolutely! You'll see a place in the registration to offer to help us out.

What are the rules for swimmers?

Swimmers are allowed to use paddles, flotation, wetsuits, kickboards. No diving, no running, no flippers. Food is allowed in the lobby area of the pool but not on deck. At least one swimmer in the lane during the entire 2 hours in order to qualify for team prizes. Have fun!

Are spectators allowed to stand by the lanes?

Sure, as long as it doesn't become too hard for swimmers and lap counters to move around -- just be considerate of others in this regard.

What should swimmers do when they need a break?

Hop out of the water but stay by your lane whenever you can. Of course bathroom breaks are necessary sometimes! Cold? Start swimming again!

What are the team prizes?

First prize (highest fundraising team): 12 Rockin' Jump passes and 12 $10 gift certificates to The Shoe Box! Second prize: 12 Play N Wisconsin weekend passes.

Would leaving early disqualify a swimmer from the team prizes?

No, as long as someone from the team is still swimming until 12:00.

What about food?

Food is not allowed on the pool deck, so it needs to stay in the lobby or outside. Spectators may purchase food from the Crescendo Coffee Bar in the lobby. Swimmers can take turns with teammates going to the lobby for a quick snack provided for them at 11:00. At 12:00, there will be lots of food provided in the lobby for the swimmers.

What is the cut-off for donations?

Online donations and checks received before 4/15/17 at 11:00pm will be counted toward the prizes. Checks and online donations received from then until 5/30 will be part of the Freedom Swim campaign total but not counted toward team prizes.