Say YES! to Life Swims Say Yes! to Life Swims: Discover the Joy of Swimming

Discover the joy of swimming

Joyful Swimming

It’s not a race, it’s an Escorted Open Water Swim

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Say Yes to Life Swims is the Northwest’s premiere source of open water swim adventures. Since 2011, we’ve been providing a world in which all swimmers experience challenge, exhilaration, and camaraderie.

Whether you choose a half-mile or a 10k challenge, our events will increase your confidence and performance. With at least one trained, experienced safety paddler overseeing a maximum of four swimmers, our Escorted Open Water Swims rank among the safest in the Northwest.

We Hosted Eight Thrilling Escorted Open Water Swims in 2018

This past year, we were proud to host two Wilderness Adventure Swims and Seattle’s Second Annual 10k Challenge.

Last Season’s Escorted Open Water Swim Events

Thursday Evening Stress Relief Swims
.5 and 1 mile routes, Lake Washington, May 31, June 14th, June 28th
Series of three events for $145
Tubby Trout 5k Open Water Swim
5k, Lake Washington, June 23rd
$80, includes Golden Trout award and 10k training plan
The Jewel of the Northwest:
Wilderness Adventure Swim #1
1.5 miles in a pristine country lake, Saturday, July 28th
$85, includes gourmet picnic, Wilderness Pass if needed, chances to win professional massage and voucher for Alki Bash
The Fresh Water Frolic:
Wilderness Adventure Swim #2
1.5 miles in a whole new lake, Saturday, September 8th
$85, includes gourmet picnic, Wilderness Pass if needed, chances to win professional massage and voucher for Alki Bash
Wilderness Swim Extravaganza
Join BOTH Wilderness Adventure Swims for a reduced price.
Two 1.5 mile swims
Seattle’s Annual 10k Invitational Open Water Swim
Lake Washington, Saturday, September 15th
$195, includes feeding and hydration along route
Seventh Annual Awesome Alki Bash
1 mile in Puget Sound, October 6th
The Intrepid: Dual Swim Package
Swim both Tubby Trout 5k and Seattle’s 10k for a reduced price.
Two endurance swim events to enhance your resilience, total 15k

Additionally, we were super-excited to offer customized Boutique Adventure Swims for the individual swimmer who dreams big. (Now is the time to start thinking of YOUR dream swim!)

Event Discounts

We offer a variety of event discounts.

Meet Guila Muir

Guila (pronounced “Ghee-lah“) is Say Yes to Life Swim’s instigator and leader. With her experienced, friendly group of volunteers, Guila helps to ensure that your open water swim experience is both challenging and safe.

Guila’s Training and Experience

  • Certified USMS Swim Coach
  • 10-time crosser, Alcatraz to San Francisco; Salish Sea 5k (2017), Portland Bridges Swim 2015 (11 miles), Bridge to Bridge Swim 2013 (10k), all non-wetsuit
  • Year-round “skin” Puget Sound and Lake Washington swimmer
  • Red Cross CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • Completed Swim Smooth’s Masterclass Clinic (San Diego, 2018)
  • Moderator, “Women in the Open Water” International Panel, Seattle WA 2017
  • Presenter or Keynote Speaker: No Discharge Rule Clean Water Celebration (2018), Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2014)
  • Masters of Adult Education and CEO, Guila Muir and Associates, LLC

Your passion is infectious. Thanks for creating this company.
— Helen, 2015