Swim along

Amsterdam City Swim 2022 

On Sunday 28 August we will be jumping into the Amsterdam canals. With one common goal: to eredicate ALS!
Together with 300 other swimmers we will swim a crouse right through our beautiful capital city in order to raise as much money as possible for Stichting ALS Nederland (the Dutch ALS foundation). The muscle disease ALS is still irreversible and scientific research into a solution for this deadly disease is still very much needed. So swim along and controbute in a unique way to the fight against ALS! 


What is Amsterdam City Swim?  

Amsterdam City Swim is a swimming event where we raise as much money as possible to help exterminate the deadly disease. A unique and social swimming event where we sim across the historic capital. For juniors, adults and companies. Patiens can also participate in the swim. 

In 2011 fourteen friends started a fundraiser for ALS, the deadly motor-neurone disease that their friend Weert-Jan Weerts was suffering from. After that first fundraiser, they decided to expand the campaign. Today, the Amsterdam City Swim is an annual event in which thousands of people participate. The foundation wants to raise as much money as possible for ALS research. And this year, 2022, is already the 10th year of this event. And as long as there is no treatment for ALS, the swimming event Amsterdam City Swim wants to continue to raise money for the disease and for quality improvement in the lives of ALS partients. 


Possibilities in attending the event 

Amsterdam City Swim is for everybody who want to extend a helping hand to Stichting ALS and who loves swimming. If you want to compete because you want to set a record time, for the experience in swimming thourgh the canals of to generate attention for the illness. It doesn't matter what reason you are swimming for. 


If you are between 10 and 15 years old, you can swim along with the Junior Swim. Together with all the other juniors you swim a parcours of 700 meters through the canals. And you do not do this alone: your father, mother, uncle, big brother of anyone else who is 18 years or older will swim with you. You can even register a team if you like to collect money together with other friends. 



If you are 15 years or older you can swim along with the Particuliere Swim. You will swim a parcours of 2 kilometers through the canals. You can attend the event alone or with friends or famliy. You can even register a team which makes it possible to generate donations as one team instead as an individual person.


Business-Swim or Wave-sponsorship 

Would you like to attend the event together with your colleagues of business partners? Than you can participate as a company. You can register for the Business-Swim or as a Wave-Sponsor. For both options there are several packages available. 

More information


Would you also like to contribute during Amsterdam City Swim? But rather on the quay than in the water? Then make a difference by signing up as a volunteer! There are several positions available for you to shine in. 



Programme and route 

On sunday the 28th of August 2022 we are hosting the 10th year of the Amsterdam City Swim. More information and details about the day and route will be posted here soon. During the Amsterdam City Swim over 3000 participants will jump into the deep end for ALS. After the swimming event, the award ceremony and the cheaue handover will take place at the Marine Etablissement Amsterdam as is the tradition. After that, we are going to raise te roof and our glasses to all thos loved ones for whom we organize the Amsterdam City Swim. All participants and supporters can enjoy snacks and drinks throughout the day.


Make a donation 

Would you like to sponsor a swimmer or team? Or would you like to give a general donation? You can find the English User Guides below. 100% of every euro which has been swam for and is brought in as a donation goes to research to find a cure for ALS and to improve the quality of life for ALS patients. 

Donate here


Swimming in open water is never entirely without risk. Unlike water in swimming pools, special conditions can always occur in open water. The water may be cold, there may de local pollution, underwater obstacles, thunderstorms, etc. The concentration of bacteria and other micro organisms in canal water can also be higer. This increases the risk of infections of especially the gastrointestinal system, but alson the eyes, ears, and skin. Especially if you have open wounds. 

Together with Waternet, Amsterdam City Swim continuously monitors the water quality. We keep a close eye on developments and keep our participants informed. We use the expertise of the Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution, supervising authorities, input from Waternet, police and water police, fire bridage, Municipal Health Services, and doctors to improve our protocol every year. 


During the Amsterdam City Swim, the safety of swimmers is guaranteed by Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution lifeguards in the water and supervisors on the quay. A first-aid station and a resting point on the water are stationed at every 500 meters. 

Indemnity statement 

We ask all participants to sign an indemnity statement prior to the Amsterdam City Swim. 



If you have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail to info@amsterdamcityswim.nl

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