Frequently Asked Questions
 
1. How do I begin?
Want to Participate?
Just register here and join us!
You can now create and manage your own personal page, share your photos, goals and get sponsors.
Want to sponsor a swimmer? Click here for details.
If you have further questions, please contact us on 860-521-9446 and leave a message for Daniella or Jo or email mikvahbessisrael@gmail.com.
 
2. What are the Swimming  Options and Schedules?
There will be separate time slots for men and women. There are two 30 minutes time slots for women, starting 3:45pm and 4:15pm and two 30 minute time slots for men starting 5pm and 5:30pm.
Swimmers can either swim laps in the big pool and for the less confident swimmer there is the option to water-walk laps in the training pool.
 
3. What Does Pledging to the  Swim-a-thon Mean, Exactly?
By committing to this event, and pledging to raise money for its success, you are helping raise invaluable funds to help maintain this vital service for the entire Jewish Community of Greater Hartford. With your support, we can ensure that the Mikveh will continue to function as a safe and sacred space. We wish you all the success possible. Train, set and achieve new goals, enjoy the swim… and get all the sponsors you can, so when you take your dip you know that you have helped others will be able to take theirs!
 
4. How can my sponsors submit payment?
Contributions can be made by credit card on your personalized page. Your sponsors can select your name from the list of swimmers on our website or simply share your personal page with all your colleagues, friends and family.
 
5. I am concerned that I might not be able to raise the required funds. Will I be able to do it?
Even if you've never raised money before, our materials and strategies will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsorships from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others. Experience has shown that it is not only possible, but enjoyable, to set and reach your goals. Please refer to the sample letters found on your personal fundraising page center, that explains the charity this swim-a-thon is supporting, and you will be surprised to see how quickly friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your request to help this great cause. Just remember to make it personal as well, as you want them to know that they are sponsoring YOU and YOUR efforts! And, as many companies offer charitable donation matching programs, make sure to ask your sponsors to check with their employers, as it will help you meet your goal ever more quickly.
 
6. Is the swim-a-thon only for really dedicated Swimmers?
No! The Swim-a-thon is for swimmers and water-walkers from 5 to 105. If you are worried that you will run out of steam before your time is up, grab one of the buoyancy aids that will be available on the side of the pool to help you keep going. Alternatively why not commit yourself to walking laps around the training pool.  You won’t need to know how to swim but it takes a lot more effort than it seems.  We also need volunteers to help run the event.  Don’t want to get wet? Help us on the day to make this event run smoothly.
 
7. How do I register to swim with my child?
After you have completed your adult registration, you can choose to register another partipcant. A child over age 15 should be registered as another adult and is required to raise a minimum of $100. A child between ages 5-14 should be registered as a a child. These children will not have their own fundraising pages. The parents' fundraising goals should be set at either $150 or $180, depending on how many children register with them.
 
8. Why isn't my child included in my personal fundraising page?
Children who register under the "child" registration type will not receive their own personal fundraising webpage. Therefore, their parents should edit their own webpages to include their children's names and/or photo.
 
9. Is there a refund/exchange policy?
Yes. If a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections.
 
10. Is parking available?
There is plenty of free parking on site
 
11. Is there somewhere for the children to hang out after they have swum or walked while I do my swim?
The JCC has kindly given us use of their family room which is a great space for children to hang out without getting bored after they have done their bit and while you do yours.
 
12. Do you want to participate but not as a swimmer?
We will need volunteers at the event to help with registration and with other roles. Please contact Daniella Robinson at mikvahbessisrael@gmail.com to find out more information.
 
13. Are there rules for the pool?
 
The top 3 biggest rules are:
  • No shoes worn outside are allowed on our deck
  • Shower are required before entering the pool
  • No strollers on pool deck
All Pools:
  • Bathing suits and/or appropraite swim attire are required.
  • Children under 6 years of age must have an adult within arm’s distance in all pools unless participating in a JCC instructed activity.
  • Children between 6 and 8 years of age must be actively supervised by an adult (in addition to the lifeguard) from the side of the pool that the child is in. 
  • Lifeguard directions must be followed at all times.
  • No horseplay in any pool.
  • Spitting or blowing of nose in the pools is prohibited.
  • Persons with inflamed eyes, nasal or ear discharges, boils or body infections are not allowed in the pools.
  • Any person known or suspected of having a communicable disease will not be allowed in any pool.
Main Pool (Lap Pool):
  • Children 6 through 13 must be able to swim 25 yards (one length of the main pool) using front crawl, or a parent must be in the pool within arm’s distance.
  • No diving permitted unless participating in a JCC instructed activity.
Training Pool:
  • No one (unless physically challenged) may be in the training pool while the floor is moving.
  • No diving or jumping into pool.
  • No hanging on rim or net of basketball hoop.
 
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