YMCA of Southern Maine

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P2P Vounteering

The Peaks to Portland Swim would not be possible without the help of volunteers. Each year the event uses nearly 100 volunteers to make the event run smoothly and safely for all of our participants. Please consider volunteering for this year's swim on July 22nd! 

Volunteers will be assigned positions based on their interest, abilities, and the needs of the event. Volunteers are needed on both Peaks Island as well as East End Beach in Portland. All volunteers will receive a t-shirt along with refreshments at the event.

Sign up to volunteer here!

Volunteers are needed for the following positions:

Peaks Island

  • Athlete Check-In (5:30-11:00am): Check athletes into the event on Peaks Island. This role involves being detailed oriented, organized, standing for an hour at a time, and being positive around other people.
  • Body Marker (5:30-11:00am): Write the participant number on each athlete’s body after they check into the race. This role involves being focused, able to write legibly, standing for an hour at a time, and being respectful and positive around others.
  • Beach Greeter (5:30-11:00am): Greet all athletes as they come onto the beach and direct each swimmer, their kayaker, and the ones lifting the kayaks to the right place. This role involves being welcoming, talking in a loud voice, and be able to direct people to the right location.
  • Peaks Island Floater (5:30-11:00am): A floater is an additional volunteer who will be available to help with any task needed on Peaks Island on the day of the event. This could involve filling in for any of the roles on Peaks Island, helping to clear the beach in the morning, and helping to clean up the beach before heading back to the mainland.
  • Volunteer Kayaker: Please e-mail the Race Director if you are interested in volunteering as a kayaker for swimmers who do not already have a kayaker for the event.
  • Photographer: (5:00am-1:00pm): Take photos at Peaks Island and on the media boat taking pictures of athletes swimming.

East End Beach

  • Food Tent (7:00am-1:00pm): Food Tent volunteers will be in charge of the food set up and distribution to the swimmers once they finish the race. This role involves preparing the food before the race, standing for an hour at a time, cleaning the areas around the food, and being positive around people.
  • Kayak Loading (8:30am-1:00pm): Help kayakers lift their kayaks out of the water at the end of the race and assist them as they load the kayaks onto their cars. This role involves being able to lift 50 pounds, bending down to catch and lift kayaks, being task oriented, and organized.
  • Medal Distribution (8:30am-1:00pm): At the end of the race, medal distributors will hang medals around the athlete’s neck. This role involves standing for an hour at a time, lifting your arms, and being positive around people.
  • Parking Attendant (6:30am-1:00pm): Parking attendants will manage the traffic flow down to the event site on East End Beach. This role involves strong communication skills, being detail oriented, and positive around people.
  • Swimmer Chute Guide (8:00am-1:00pm): Guide athletes from the water to the finish line and medical tent as well as keeping non-athletes away from the finish line. This role involves standing for long periods of time, cheering on athletes, lifting athletes should they need it, and being aware of your surroundings.
  • Timing Chip Aid (8:00am-1:00pm): Assist the timing company with the removal of the timing chips from each athlete’s leg. This role involves bending, standing for long periods of time, and staying focused in a busy area of the event.
  • Water Tent (7:00am-1:00pm): Water attendants will help to fill water bottles for each athlete and distribute them at the end of the race. This role involves bending to fill water bottles, passing water bottles to athletes, and being positive around people.
  • Wet Suit Aid (8:30am-1:00pm): Wet suit aids will help unzip the wet suits of each swimmer at the end of the event. This role involves standing for long periods of time, bending, staying focused in a busy area of the event, and being positive around people.
  • Set-Up (6:00am-9:00am): Set-Up volunteers will aid in all elements of getting East End Beach prepared for the event. This role involves standing for long periods of time, lifting items as needed, and being willing to take direction where help is needed.
  • Clean-Up (11:00am-1:00pm): Clean-Up volunteers will aid in all elements of clearing East End Beach at the end of the event. This role involves standing for long periods of time, lifting items as needed, and being willing to take direction where help is needed.
  • East End Beach Floater (7:00am-Noon): A floater is an additional volunteer who will be available to help with any task needed on East End Beach on the day of the event. This could involve filling in for any of the roles on East End Beach, helping to clear the beach in the morning, and helping to clean up the beach at the end of the event.
  • Photographer (8:00am-1:00pm): Take photos on East End Beach.

Volunteers will be required to sign the Volunteer Consent Form on the day of the race.  To sign up to volunteer, please click here.

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