Activist Plans To Swim Entire Length Of Narragansett Bay

May 22, 2018

On Tuesday, a clean water advocate will announce his plans to swim the entire length of Narragansett Bay. Christopher Swain will swim from Point Judith to Providence over the course of 2 weeks, in an effort to celebrate and protect the bay. His plan is to spend 2 to 6 hours a day in the water.

Swain said he chose Narragansett Bay because the water is getting cleaner. That’s due in part to a major sewer system overhaul. 

He said it may be easy to forget the beauty of the bay when you live so close. "Narragansett Bay is one of the most beautiful, and one of the most biologically rich estuaries in the entire world. So, in that sense it’s a treasure, it’s a gift that we all share," said Swain. 

Swain said his swims are part of a mission to protect and restore waterways.

He said he wants to help the Bay "make more friends," through his "Three Ways to Love the Bay." He said he wants more people to come to the region and enjoy the bay. 

"And hopefully, get invested enough that they want to see it protected and restored for generations to come," said Swain. "I want to celebrate how great the Bay is and then I want to increase its fanbase." 

This won't be the first time Swain has swam such great lengths. Previously, he has swam the entire lengths of the Columbia, Hudson, Mohawk, Charles, and Mystic Rivers.