You don't have to be a lifeguard, or an overly accomplished swimmer.
All that's needed is a lap or two, and a willingness to help.
The second-annual Port Coquitlam Swim-a-thon happens tonight (Friday), with the end goal being to raise $2,000.
Running from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Hyde Creek Recreation Centre, the swim-a-thon will raise funds for lifesaving training for underprivileged youth.
This year's event carries on with the tradition established last year, when city lifeguard Yue-Ching Cheng raised $1,000 over the course of a six-hour swim.
Tonight, Terry Fox Secondary swim club members, the Hyde Creek Masters swim group and others will be involved in trying to break the $2,000 mark.
The entire lap pool will be dedicated to the swim-a-thon from 7 to 10 p.m.
The leisure pool will be open to the public and will feature games, music and lighting effects during the latter part of the evening.
To learn more about other Spirit Week activities, see www.portcoquitlam.ca/spiritweek.