When World Renowned Artist, Lighthouse Larry decided to swim, in his native town of Islamorada, to Alligator Lighthouse and back, alone and self-supported, his friends thought he was crazy. When he then said out loud “every open water swimmer should experience this,” Larry became the anchor to the Swim for Alligator Lighthouse. The Fighting Manatee Swim Club, the Masters swim club of Islamorada, accepted the challenge to present a world class open water swim event in the Florida Keys. While tempted, at times, to throw the anchor overboard, the Fighting Manatees presented the Inaugural Swim for Alligator Lighthouse in 2013. It’s here to stay!
All proceeds from the swim benefit the Friends of the Pool in Islamorada. Net Proceeds provide scholarships for high school students. The Swim brings awareness to treasured Historic Lighthouses on Florida’s Coastal Waterways. Friends of the Pool is an all volunteer 501c3 organization.