This coming summer, May 19, 2023, three heats will be held in the Haifa Bay near Rambam, ranging from 900m to 4.2 kilometers. Swimmers from around the world will make every stroke count when they Swim From the Heart to support critical research into sudden cardiac death.

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Join hundreds of swimmers from around the world on Friday ,May 19, 2023, by participating in the 6th  International Swim from the Heart meet in Haifa, Israel.

Swim from the Heart will raise awareness and critical research funds to predict and prevent Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) in children and young adults - a major cause of natural death worldwide.

Inspired by open-water swimmers from all over Israel and from Northern California, participants are being asked to give of their strength, passion and resources to swim in one of three heats (ranging from 900 km to 4.2 km) in the Haifa Bay - all in support of SCD research and developing new treatments at Rambam Health Care Campus.


Patients exhibit no warning symptoms until the fatal incident, making prevention difficult. In the young, SCD is usually due to inherited genetic disorders that may result in the death of otherwise healthy individuals. Particularly tragic is the sudden death of a young athlete with no previous exhibited physical problems. Clearly new approaches are needed to enable early detection, prevention, and management to assure a promising future for people at risk for SCD.

The Bench-to-Bedside Center for Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death at Rambam will initiate multi-disciplinary and collaborative SCD research between Rambam experts, Technion researchers, and medical industry. This cutting-edge research will contribute to the development and implementation of new preventive and therapeutic strategies to detect and manage SCD in the young, whoever and wherever they may live.

You can register for one of the heats at the Register for a heat to Swim - Click Here!

Heat DetailsEarly Registration Closes May 8 at 11:59 pmLate Registration Closes May 18 at 10:00 amOn-site Registration (based on availability)
The Strong Heart - 4.2 KmNIS 125NIS 150NIS 170
The Healthy Heart - 2.5 KmNIS 100NIS 120NIS 150
Swim for a Child's Heart - 900 mNIS 60NIS 70NIS 80
Online registration closes on Thursday, May18, 2023 at 10:00 am, with no exceptions!

With the taste of summer in the air we will arrive at the Haifa Bay. Swimmers will jump the waves and begin swimming along the curves of the bay with a magnificent view of the Carmel mountain range sweeping down to meet the shore. Joined by the thriving underwater life, giant sea turtles, and an occasional playful dolphin, swimmers will affirm life with each stroke as they Swim from the Heart.

Participants will gather shortly after dawn at the Café Midrachof on the Haifa Bay Promenade (near booth 3 on the Zamir Beach). Following registration, the swimmers will be taken by bus to their various starting points.

The swim route will be marked by special buoys; boats and kayaks with rescue teams and medical staff will be along the entire route in case of need. The heats will not be timed. However, medals will be awarded to all swimmers completing their track. In addition, a special prize cup will be presented to the first three swimmers completing each heat.

Swimmers have a choice of three different heats. All swimmers will meet at the Café Midrachof. 

Heat 1, The Strong Heart single-track, 4.2 km: 
This heat is for good and experienced swimmers age 14 and up. Swimmers will gather at the Café Midrachof at 05:30 am and then be taken by bus to their starting point. The heat begins at 7:15 am.

Heat 2, The Healthy Heart double-track, 2.5 km: 
This heat is for above average amateur swimmers age 13 and up. Swimmers will gather at the Café Midrachof at 6:30 am and then walk 1 km north to the starting point at Hacarmel Beach (next to Hotel Meridien). The heat begins at 7:30 am

Heat 3, Swim for a Child's Heart triple-track, 900 m: 
This heat is good for amateur swimmers age 12 and up. Swimmers will gather at 7:30 am and begin swimming at the beach outside of Café Midrachof. The heat begins at 8:45 am

All heats will finish at Hacarmel Beach (next to Hotel Meridien)

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