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Join Us on New Year's Day for the 30th Annual Penguin Swim!

Join Us on New Year's Day for the 30th Annual Penguin Swim!

Get ready to dunk your penguin tail in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean! Atlantic General Hospital’s 30th Annual Penguin Swim is set for Monday, January 1, 2024 and will take place once again on the beach at The Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel at 91st Street in Ocean City, Maryland!

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 that allows access to the swim area. Advance online registration is recommended. Participants can register online by visiting The registration fee is $30.00 per participant if registering on or before December 30. The registration fee is $35.00 per participant if registering on December 31 or January 1.

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.

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 Penguin Swim on social media using #OCPenguinSwim. Make sure your post is public so we can see it!

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

Special thanks to the 2024 Penguin Swim Event Committee and Co-Chairs Caitlin Evans and Ryan Kirby!

The Details:

Atlantic General Hospital’s 30th Annual Penguin Swim

Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel

91st Street, Ocean City, Maryland

Sunday, December 31, 2023

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

Monday, January 1, 2024
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In and Shirt Pick-Up
12 p.m. The Swim!

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Awards Ceremony

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.