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Choosing Your SAA Event

Whether you have been swimming with us for 10 years, or jumping in for the first time this season, swimming with us means being a part of our SAA family. All of our events are different, reflecting the community they represent, and those who participate always seem to develop deeper attachments to the swim every year.

Our events are world-ranked so any SAA event will be an experience to remember. Here is a brief description of each of our events to help make your decision easier. If you would like more information, click on the link following each swim and you'll be taken to the website for each of our local communities!

Atlanta (Clayton, GA) – The newest swim to be added to the Swim Across America calendar, the Atlanta swim is one that is sure to appeal to all skill levels. Whether you participate in the ½ mile, 1 mile, or 5k, beautiful Lake Lanier will help make your swim day a remarkable one. Click here for more information.

Baltimore (Pasadena, MD) – The Baltimore swim holds the record for our largest inaugural swim ever, and they haven’t slowed down since setting that record in 2010. The swim is held on a private farm where you can choose to take part in the 1 mile course or do 3 loops to make it 3 miles! After each loop, swimmers come out of the water and run back it making it a fun spectator event and great for swimmers looking to try their hand at a longer distance! Click here for more information.

Boston Harbor (Boston, MA) – This 22 mile relay style swim is one for the books! Spend the day aboard a yacht while helping your fellow swimmers swim 11 miles out and 11 miles back into Boston. You’ll swim for 15 minutes every 1.5 hours and will enjoy the rest of the time on a boat surrounded by great people. This swim is good for really experienced swimmers and those that aren’t afraid to get their “feet wet” in the fundraising arena as it has our highest fundraising minimum. Click here for more information.

Chicago (Chicago, IL) – Another swim with lots of distance options! Take part in a ½ mile, 1 mile, 1.5 mile or 3 mile swim in beautiful Lake Michigan. Swimmers will feel like they’ve escaped the city while still swimming alongside the gorgeous Chicago skyline. Team comaraderie is the key here, making this a great swim for a new group or team of people to get involved in. Click here for more information.

Dallas (Rockwall, TX) – It’s true what they say: everything is bigger in Texas! This swim which gives you the option of swimming a ½ mile, 1 mile or 2 miles is a great one for new swimmers or those on the more competitive side. The swim takes place in man-made Lake Ray Hubbard where the water seems to always be calm and the temperature just right. Every year the swim continues to grow and so does the pride of local alum who participate on 2 of the largest teams; Team Longhorn and Team SMU. Click here for more information.

Greenwich (Greenwich, CT) – Talk about a day for the whole family. 1 of our 3 swims that takes place in Long Island Sound, this swim departs from the lawn of Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, the beneficiary of the event. With options of a ½ mile, 1.5 mile or 3 mile, there is something for everyone in the family.  This tight knit community always welcomes newcomers with open arms! Click here for more information.

Hamptons (Amagansett, NY) – This Fourth of July weekend swim is sure to make your summer holiday feel extra special. Choose from a ½ mile, 1 mile or 5k course off of Fresh Pong Beach in Amagansett. Co-hosted by East Hampton Ocean Rescue, this swim is sure to be safe and representative of the local vibe! Click here for more information.

Long Island Sound (Larchmont, NY) – The second of our 3 swims in Long Island Sound is our largest and oldest event. The swim offers swimmers the opportunity to swim a 2k, 5k or 10k and finish at the gorgeous Larchmont Shore Club. What makes this swim especially unique is the Tribute Teams. There are over 70 teams dedicated to people who have fought cancer reminding all 600 swimmers the importance of why they continue to swim and fundraise. Every swimmer finishes off the day with a delicious catered breakfast and a big smile on their face! Click here for more information.

Nantucket (Nantucket, MA) – This swim is the definition of an island community. It feels like everyone on the island of Nantucket is involved in the annual swim where you can choose to be a part of a ½ mile, 1 mile or, for the first time in 2016, a 4 mile swim. There’s even something for the kiddies with our Kids Splash! Join us on Jetties Beach for a great family friendly swim that will leave you knowing the impact you’re having on fighting cancer on the island. Click here for more information.


Rhode Island (Naragansett, RI) – Rhode Island may be the smallest state but this swim certainly has a big heart! The Rhode Island swim takes place in a hidden gem on the eastern coastline; Narragansett. While you’ll find many local college swim teams competing for bragging rights at the swim, you’ll also find many local Rhode Islanders ready to hop in for the ½ mile or 1 mile swim. It’s quite the mix! Click here for more information.

San Francisco (San Francisco, CA) – While there are many swims in the Bay, there isn’t one quite like this! We’ll take you out on a cruise boat and stop underneath the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. From there you’ll jump off and swim the 1.5 miles to Crissy Field Beach where you’ll be greeted by cheering friends and family. This swim is for those looking for a fun new challenge and who aren’t afraid of getting a little chilly! Click here for more information.

Seattle (Mercer Island, WA) – Does anything sound better than hopping in the water for a ½ mile or 2 mile swim and being welcomed back onto land by cheering family and a plate full of pancakes and salmon? We don't think so either! This swim off Mercer Island is great for swimmers of all levels. The course is well marked and timed so whether it’s your first swim or you’re looking for a new best time, this swim is for you! Click here for more information.

Sound to Cove (Glen Cove, NY) – Our 3rd swim in Long Island Sound takes off and finishes at beautiful Morgan Park. Swimmers have many options as they can choose from a ½ mile, 1 mile, 5k or 10k swim. When swimmers land back on the beach, they walk up to the park area and enjoy made-to-order omelettes to celebrate the day. Click here for more information.

Tampa (Clearwater, FL) – Imagine traveling to a white sand beach with clear blue water where it’s 75 and sunny practically everyday. Now imagine hopping in those waters in May to swim a ½ mile or 1 mile. Clearwater beach is one of our prettiest venues and the swim course is especially welcoming for new open water swimmers and experienced swimmers alike! Click here for more information.