Registration opens on August6 at 7am EDT! It started over a cup of coffee. Sam Farnan, a senior at St. Petersburg Catholic High School, dreamed of being a SEAL. But as any veteran of the U.S. Navy's elite Special Forces unit will tell you, to make muster, you must conquer cold water.
So Terry Tomalin, the outdoors-fitness editor for the St. Petersburg Times, suggested the 17-year-old accompany him on a swim across Tampa Bay. Tomalin and some friends at Clearwater Beach Safety had made the crossing several times in fall of 1996.
That's when the proverbial light bulb went off in the head of Commander Dan O'Shea USNR. O'Shea, a former SEAL who had been mentoring Farnan since the boy was 10-years-old, suggested they turn the New Year's swim into a fundraiser for a SEAL officer who had recently been wounded in Afghanistan.
O'Shea enlisted the help of Lt. Mark Lampman, an active duty SEAL, and together the four organized the first Tampa Bay Frogman Swim. Conditions were harsh – the water temperature hovered in the high 50s – but nearly 40 swimmers managed to make it across the bay and raise thousands of dollars in individual pledges for the injured SEAL officer, Lt. Dan Cnossen and his family.
After the success of the 2010 event, former SEAL and swim coach Rory O'Connor assumed the role of race director. Then, along with triathlete/swimmer Ku
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Thanks for supporting, the 2017 event raised over $500k for the Navy SEAL Foundation!! The 2018 event is scheduled for Sunday, Jan21.
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