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

Discover the joy of open water swimming

Joyful Swimming

It’s not a race, it’s an Open Water Adventure

Say Yes to Life Swims is the Northwest (U.S.) source of open water swim adventures. Our name stems from saying YES to new experiences, challenges, and sources of joy.

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The 2024 schedule

Each event is limited to twenty swimmers, and many fill quickly. All are insured and supported.

THURSDAY EVE STRESS RELIEF  (Choose .5 or 1 mile)
Thursday, May 30st, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
TOUCH THE WALL! (1 mile)
Saturday, June 8th   9:00 – 11:00 am
FRESH WATER OTTER SERIES:
Includes both Thursday Evening Stress Relief and Touch the Wall!
(5/31 & 6/8)
TUBBY TROUT (5k)
Sunday, June 29th 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
WILDERNESS ADVENTURE SWIM
Saturday, July 20th 10:00am – 1:00 pm
DECEPTION PASS ADVENTURE SWIM (1.5 miles)
Saturday, August 3rd 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
THE OCTOCHALLENGE (8k)
Saturday, August 18th 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
AGUA FRESCA (1.2 or 2.4 miles)
Sunday, September 15th  9:00 – 11:00 am
AWESOME ALKI BASH (1 mile)
Saturday, Sept 28th  11:00 am – 1:00 pm
THE INTREPID OPEN WATER SWIM SERIES:
Includes both Tubby Trout and The OctoChallenge
(6/29 & 8/18)
SPECIAL EVENT: SILVER SEALS SWIM
Date TBD
NO FEE For ages 55 and older only; friends, family and supporters will walk along the beach.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for my first long swims!”
— Stephanie Zimmerman
(advanced from swimming 1/2 mile to a 10k in 2018)

Meet the Team


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

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

Some of our wonderful water safety escorts