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Join Us on New Year's Day for the 29th Annual Penguin Swim!

Join Us on New Year's Day for the 29th Annual Penguin Swim!

Get ready to dunk your penguin tail in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean to support our community’s Healthcare Heroes! The 29th Annual Penguin Swim is set for Sunday, January 1, 2023 and will take place once again on the beach at The Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel at 91st Street in Ocean City, Maryland!

Individuals and teams are invited to join in the fundraising. Participants who register on or before December 10th will receive an official 2023 AGH Penguin Swim short-sleeve t-shirt for their $25 registration fee. Shirts for participants who register after December 10th will be available while supplies last. Individual participants who raise or donate $100 or more will also be eligible to receive an official 2023 AGH Penguin Swim long-sleeve t-shirt while supplies last. 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 on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to receive a wristband to gain access to the swim area. Advance online registration is recommended.

Participants are encouraged to come to pre-registration and advance check-in at the Princess Royale from 2 - 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Avoid long lines on event day and pick up wristbands and shirts early! Participants will also receive an additional Penguin Swim item during advance check-in!

Event day registration and check-in will begin at 9 a.m., ending promptly at 11:30 a.m., with the main event at 12 p.m. on the beach at 91st street. The time in between will be chock full of fun activities the whole family will enjoy: costume contests, face painting, mermaids and more. The Bull on the Beach team will parade down the beach at 11:45 a.m. from 94th Street to the swim area in front of the Princess Royale. Spectators are welcome!

The awards ceremony will take place in the atrium immediately following the swim. Special recognition awards will be given to Oldest and Youngest Penguins, and the Penguin who traveled the furthest. Trophies for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded to those who raise the most money in divisions for: Adults (19 & Over); Youth (18 & Under); Teams/Businesses; Community Groups/Organizations; Youth/Family.

Come for the Swim, stay for the Game! The 1:00 p.m. Ravens-Steelers game will be on a big screen in the atrium. Food and drink specials at the atrium bar may include beer, wine, soda, wings, chicken tenders, pizza, soups, and sandwiches. Enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate!

Unable to attend? 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 personal virtual Penguin Swim on social media using #OCPenguinSwim. Make sure your post is public so we can see it! Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Participants can register for the cyber swim on the event website and pay an additional $10 fee per participant to cover costs to have their t-shirts shipped to them.

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

Special thanks to the 2023 Penguin Swim Event Committee and Co-Chairs Michael Cylc and Ryan Kirby!

The Details:

29th Annual AGH Penguin Swim

Princess Royale Hotel

91st Street, Oceanfront

Ocean City, Maryland

Saturday, December 31, 2022

2- 4 p.m. Pre-Registration/Advance Check-In and Shirt Pick-Up

Sunday, January 1, 2023
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In and Shirt Pick-Up
12 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.