Amsterdam City Swim

By organising a unique and social swimming event with impact in Amsterdam's canals every year, the Amsterdam City Swim Foundation aims to raise as much money as possible to fund research into finding a cure for the deadly disease ALS.



The event came to life after 14 friends swam across the Hellespont on 30th August 2011. They did this for their mutual friend Weert Jan Weerts, who suffered from ALS. Inspired by the many positive cheers and donations, the 14 friends decided to take their action further, and from this we are now able to take part in the swimming event the Amsterdam City Swim every year.



What is ALS?

ALS is a fatal disease that impacts the nerves that control muscles. As motor nerve cells die, signals from the brain and spinal cord no longer reach the muscles. As a result, the muscles fail one by one. After the first symptoms, patients live an average of three to five years. In the Netherlands, an average of 1,500 people live with ALS, or the related diseases PSMA and PLS. Every year, 500 new patients arrive and 500 also die.




Every year, the Amsterdam City Swim organises a unique swimming event with impact in Amsterdam's canals to raise as much money as possible for the ALS Foundation. The organisation of Amsterdam City Swim relies on the board and many cooperating partners to make it all possible. We would like to introduce ourselves to you.




The Amsterdam City Swim aims to generate attention for ALS and raise money for research into this relentless disease. We cannot do this alone, but with our business partners.




Many enthusiastic ambassadors also support the Amsterdam City Swim and the Dutch ALS Foundation. In the run-up to the event, but also during the event, they play an important role in drawing attention to ALS. Wondering who they are and what they do? Read on here.