Swim for the Center For Wildlife

I am an avid wild swimmer and each year since 2008 I have completed a winter swim for a different charity.  So far I  raised close to $70,000  completing 7 mid winter swims for 7 different charities.   I was the first to swim to the Isle of Shoals, 6 miles off the coast of New Hampshire in winter.   That swim  raised $17,000 for a brain injury facility in Portsmouth, NH.   This coming December 12 I will be swimming 6 miles of the York River in York, ME to raise money for the Center for Wildlife,  a facility that does tremendous work to rehabilitate wounded and misplaced wild animals.   I need to raise money to purchase gear to complete this winter swim.    After the 6 mile swim to the York Harbor Inn in York, ME my band, 'The Serfs', will play the benefit for the Center for Wildlife.   We are all full time musicians and 3 of the members have kids so I need to also pay the band for this fundraiser! 

More info on the Center for Wildlife......

For 30 years this wildlife rehabilitation facility, its staff and volunteers have provided medical care, safe sanctuary and humane treatment for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife until they can be released back into the wild. The Center for Wildlife is a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to build a sustainable future for wildlife in our community through medical treatment, rehabilitation, educational outreach, research, and conservation activities.
More on the 'Creekman'........

 Winter swimming is something that didn’t just happen over night.  This science experiment began in the Lamprey river years ago because they don't make gear for winter swimming.  Winter scuba and winter surfing.... yes,  but swimming in ice water... no.   I had to learn to adapt my body and gear to near frozen New England ocean waters so the science experiment began.  I am not genetically altered, but this way of life is the result of years of experimentation and study. The ocean waters in Maine are perhaps the coldest waters to swim in the lower 48 states.   I got so good at the experiment that I was swimming along sheets of ice, but it caused some controversy because I was stopping traffic on bridges.  "is that a rogue seal?  a new form of terrorism?"
I had to legitimize my sport so in January of 2008 I decided that I would swim from Portsmouth, NH to the Isle of Shoals to raise money for the Krempel's Brain Injury Foundation and Stepping Stones of Portsmouth. I was met with disbelief, but after four and a half hours fighting strong currents in 39 degree water with an air temperature of 9 degrees Fahrenheit, I became the first to make the 6 mile swim in 39 degree water. The money came after I made the swim and I raised $17,000 for the charity.   The 'Creekman Swims for Charity' became an annual event.   So far I swam for causes such as brain injury rehabilitation, hospice,  the preservation of lighthouses,  hungry and malnourished children and this year....... the Center for Wildlife.

Thank you so much Jeremy D'Entremont and Deb  Cram for the use of your pictures!


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