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Ready to Wash Away 2020?

Ready to Wash Away 2020?


Berlin, Md. – Get ready to dunk your penguin tail in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean to support our community’s healthcare heroes! The 27th Annual Penguin Swim is set for Friday, January 1, 2021 and will take place once again on the beach at The Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel at 91st Street & the Ocean in Ocean City, Maryland.

The health and safety of participants, spectators, volunteers, and staff are at the forefront of the organizers’ logistics planning. Some of the traditional features that participants look forward to at the annual Penguin Swim are being modified to reduce touchpoints and adhere to physical distancing guidelines.

  • The entire event will take place outdoors, including registration and check-in, so please come prepared for the weather.
  • Advance online registration is recommended.
  • The swim area on the beach will span from 91st - 94th streets to allow for physical distancing for participants and their spectators.
  • Face coverings are required for everyone including participants, spectators, volunteers, and staff.
  • To prevent people from gathering inside, there will not be any activities in the atrium of the Princess Royale.
  • A virtual awards ceremony will be held in the weeks following the event, with special recognition awards for the oldest and youngest penguins and trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for those who raise the most money in each division.
  • The Cyber Swim is a great alternative this year for individuals who are quarantining.

Individuals and teams are invited to join in the fundraising. Participants who register on or before December 10 will receive an official 2021 AGH Penguin Swim short-sleeve t-shirt for their $25 registration fee. Shirts for participants who register after December 10 will be available while supplies last.

Individual participants who raise or donate $100 or more will be also eligible to receive an official 2021 AGH Penguin Swim long-sleeve t-shirt while supplies last. To reduce touchpoints, there will not be additional incentive prizes. Participants can register online now to start collecting donations. To view this year’s shirts, or to register, visit

All participants are required to register either online or in person and check in with event staff to receive a wristband to gain access to the swim area.

Participants who need to register in person will be required to use their own personal mobile device to register online and pay the registration fee and make any additional donations with a credit card. QR codes will be printed on signage with instructions for how to register and/or donate in person.

Participants are encouraged to come to pre-registration and advance check-in at the Princess Royale 1 - 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to avoid long lines on event day. Participants will also receive an additional Penguin Swim item.

Face coverings are required for everyone including participants, spectators, volunteers, and staff. Costume masks are not suitable face coverings. Cloth or disposable masks must be worn. All participants and spectators are expected to follow all posted instructions and verbal directions of volunteers and staff for physical distancing before, during, and after the event.

Quarantining? No problem! You can still participate in the Cyber Swim! Register online; then take an ice-cold dip wherever you are and post a photo or video of your virtual Penguin Swim on social media using #OCPenguinSwim. You can find the swim on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Call the Atlantic General Hospital Foundation office at 410-641-9671 or go to for more information.

The Details:

27th Annual AGH Penguin Swim

Princess Royale Hotel

91st Street Oceanfront

Thursday, December 31, 2020

1-5 p.m. Pre-registration/advance check in and shirt pick up

Friday, January 1, 2021
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration/check in and shirt pick up
1 p.m. The Swim

Proceeds from the event, gathered through corporate sponsorships and participant fundraising, support the strategic plans undertaken by Atlantic General Hospital to uphold their mission to improve individual and community health. Atlantic General Hospital is a 501(c)3 organization.

Special Thanks to the 2021 Penguin Swim Event Committee and Co-Chairs Michael Cylc and Phillip Cheung!

Thank You to this Year’s Event Sponsors:

“The Emperor Penguin” and Legacy Sponsor – Bull on the Beach/Crab Alley for 27 consecutive years as Title Sponsor

Glacier Sponsors –Atlantic General Hospital Auxiliary; D3; iHeartMedia; Princess Royale Oceanfront Resort & Condominiums; SRS Group – Sentinel Robotic Solutions

Iceberg Sponsors – Atlantic General Hospital Medical Staff; Hardwire LLC

Igloo Sponsors – Chris Parypa Photography; Clear Channel Outdoor; Mark & Kathy Drew; The Shrimp Boat; VECTOR Media

Icicle Sponsors – Atlantic Dental Cosmetic & Family Dentistry; CG Accounting Group; Coca Cola Consolidated; Fisher's Popcorn of Delaware; Gismondi Insurance Associates; Guerrieri Family Foundation; Jolly Roger Amusement Parks; Malibu's Surf Shop; Nickle Electrical Companies; Red Sun Custom Apparel; The Kite Loft; The Original Greene Turtle; Wilmington University

Snowflake Sponsors – Bennett Termite & Pest Solutions; Casita Linda; Celtic RnR Tours; S. Michael Cylc; Dolle's Candyland; Sally H. Dowling M.D. & Family; Hi Tide Dispensary; Law Offices of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A.; Mann Properties; Mills Creek Builders; Ocean City Elks Lodge #2645 Ladies Auxiliary; O’Hare Team Real Estate BHHS – PenFed; Old Dominion Investment Corp. - Max Hutsell; Seacrets Jamaica USA

About Atlantic General Hospital

Atlantic General Hospital has been providing quality health care to the residents of Worcester, Wicomico, Somerset (Md.) and Sussex (Del.) counties since May 1993. Built through the commitment and generosity of a dedicated community, Atlantic General’s main facility in Berlin, Md., combines the warmth of personalized attention with the reassurance of medical expertise and advanced technology. The not-for-profit hospital provides quality specialty care in oncology, medical and surgical weight loss, orthopedics, and women’s diagnostics among other services. Atlantic General Health System, its network of more than 40 primary care providers and specialists, cares for residents and visitors throughout the region. For more information about Atlantic General Hospital, visit