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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Atlanta Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our annual event at beautiful Lake Lanier.

  • From 2013 to 2015, SAA—Atlanta fundraising efforts supported Dr. Tobey MacDonald, MD, and his team’s research of pediatric brain tumors at the Swim Across America Lab, located at Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta . Proceeds from the 2016 and 2017 swims support childhood leukemia research led by Dr. Douglas Graham, MD, PhD, Dr. Deborah DeRyckere, PhD, Dr. Zhengqi Wang, PhD, and Dr. Kevin Bunting, PhD, in the Aflac Cancer Center.

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EVENT INFO
ABOUT

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Atlanta Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our 6th annual event at beautiful Lake Lanier. Whether you are a veteran swimmer or you're looking to do your first open water swim, we welcome you to help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."

Established in 2013, the SAA - Atlanta swim has donated more than $1 million to the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. As well, Swim Across America has named a lab in the Aflac Cancer Center. We are proud to support over 1,000 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far.

If you have any questions about SAA - Atlanta, please contact Nancy Tao.

EVENT DETAILS
SWIMMER REQUIREMENTS

General Fundraising Requirements:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $400 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $200 by event day. Each registered swimmer is invited to participate in our Duck Splash, held before our beneficiary presentation.

WaveMaker Swimmer: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers and go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000 regardless of your age. You can sign up for any of the four distances. WaveMakers get exclusive WM gifts, special perks, and access to the WaveMaker photo booth on event day.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or as part of a team. Many work colleagues, high schools, and college alumni will form teams, or teams may be formed in honor or memory of a loved one. Companies looking to sponsor teams can do so for a minimum of $10,000. Read here for team sponsor benefits and more information.

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.0 Mile
  • 5K
  • 2 Mile Team Relay (1/2 Mile Loop, up to 4 Swimmers)
  • Duck Splash (a short distance swim for less experienced swimmers - kids and adults!)

Relay Info

Want the chance to swim with friends or compete against others for bragging rights and special prizes? Participate in the event as a part of a 2-mile relay, comprised of up to 4 swimmers who complete 1/2 mile loops of the relay course. This is a great opportunity for your company to match fundraising efforts or sponsor your relay team. Learn more here.

Duck Splash

The Duck Splash is an opportunity for less experienced swimmers of all ages (minimum 5 yrs of age) who want to be a part of a team, fundraise and participate in the excitement. Join us for this fun event which starts at 9:15 am. Both online registration and day of registration is $50. There is no fundraising minimum requirement but we hope all participants are inspired to make waves with us and support the cause.

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will also be credited toward each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The 2018 registration fee schedule is as follows:

  • EXTENDED! Register before April 30th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between May 1st and August 19th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between August 20th and event day with a registration fee of $100

Online registration will close Wednesday, September 19th, 2018, at 12 midnight EST. Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

Age Requirements:

Participants ages 12 and under who would like to sign up for the 1 mile or 5K swims are required to obtain a letter from their personal accredited coach (USA Swimming, ASCA, etc) verifying the swimmer is capable of swimming the chosen distance in open water. There's also the option to attend a Swim Across America qualifying swim that will be held in August and September 2018. Please email Nancy to sign up or for more information.

Safety:

Swim Across America makes swimmer safety the most important component of all our swimming events. A Safety Director is responsible for coordinating all activities within an event, and works closely with the local Fire, Police and EMT's to ensure swimmer safety. We will have a number of lifeguards, safety kayakers and safety boats out on the course with us to ensure swimmer safety at all times. All swimmers are required to follow specific procedures to participate in the event. These procedures are designed to protect swimmers and will be enforced by the Safety Director. You may not switch distances without receiving clearance from the Safety or Event Director. All courses will be cleared by 11:45 am with no exceptions.

Waiver:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here. Please read, sign and bring it with you to the event.

Swim Caps:

Every swimmer must wear the official SAA colored cap given to them at registration for their designated event. The caps are color coded based on the swim distance. You may not switch caps for a different color, for safety purposes.

Angel Swimmers:

For those people who are hesitant about swimming in the open water, we have "swim angels" who volunteer to swim alongside you for encouragement. These people are experienced open water swimmers who are more than happy to encourage you, keep an eye on you and support you during your swim. If you think you might benefit from having an angel swimmer assigned to you please make note of that in your registration. If you would like to volunteer to be an angel swimmer, please contact Jessica.

SCHEDULE

5:30 am: Volunteers Arrive/Register

7:00 - 8:45 am: Swimmer Registration

8:15 am: 5K Swimmer Safety Talk / Rookie Welcome / Why I Swim

8:30 am: 5K Swim Begins

8:40 am: 2 Mile Swimmer Safety Talk / Rookie Welcome / Why I Swim

9:00 am: 2 Mile Relay Begins

9:10 am: Duck Splash Swimmer Safety Talk / Why I Swim

9:15 am: Duck Splash Begins

9:25 am: 1 Mile Swimmer Safety Talk / Rookie Welcome / Why I Swim

9:45 am: 1 Mile Swim Begins

9:50 am: 1/2 Mile Swimmer Safety Talk / Rookie Welcome / Why I Swim

10:00 am: 1/2 Mile Swim Begins

10:30 am: Awards Ceremony

OPEN WATER VENUE

SAA - Atlanta is held at Lake Lanier Islands. This area features 1,500 scenic acres, situated along the shores of Georgia's 'Great Lake,' Lake Lanier. There is no place in this part of our country as beautiful and unique as this lake. The lake provides for water sports, fishing and relaxing as is located 45 minutes north of Atlanta between 985 and 400.

Course Map

2016 Atlanta Map

Site Map

2016 Atlanta Map

Directions:

Swim Location:
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518

I-85 North (17 miles) to I-985 North (8 miles)
Exit 8 onto Lanier Islands Parkway / GA 347 toward Lake Lanier
Turn left (west) onto Lanier Islands Parkway
. Take Lanier Islands Parkway (5 miles) to the entrance gateway to the Park. At the first round about, take the second right and continue on Lanier Islands Parkway to the gate. After you check in, continue to the next round about with the big clock, take the second right and continue on Lanier Islands Parkway.

Take the first left onto Camilla Road and then the first right up into the Grand Hall Parking area. Look for the Swim Across America signs and also follow the signs to Sunset Cove. After parking, walk down the long set of red painted stairs and toward the right to our site.

Please look for the SAA signs and SAA volunteers to direct you down to the lake front site. There is plenty of on site parking for swimmers and volunteers.

Places to Stay:

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Mention 'SAA Discount' when booking.

Please click here for more information regarding accommodations at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Additional Hotel Option:
Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville
1735 Browns Bridge Road
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 532-3396

And don't forget to mention the SAA Discount when you book your room! 

SWIM CLINICS

The pool swim clinics are general fundraisers for Swim Across America - Atlanta and a great way to get back in the water in preparation for the summer swim season offering drills, techniques, and stroke correction. Olympians and Atlanta's top swim coaches are providing instruction. The Clinics are open to all ages and skill level. Proceeds support pediatric cancer research at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA).

MAY 12 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

SAA Pool Clinic
Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, 750 Ferst Dr. NW
Cost: $35
Coach Kari Murphy and Olympian Nei-Kuan Chia
REGISTER

JUNE 24 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

SAA Pool Clinic
Georgia Tech Aquatic Center, 750 Ferst Dr. NW
Cost: $35
Coach Kari Murphy and Olympian TBD
REGISTER

 

In addition, SAA - Atlanta is also offering open water swim clinics at Lake Lanier in advance of the Sept. 22 open water swim event.

AUGUST 24 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

SAA Open Water Clinic
Lake Lanier Islands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Cost: $50
REGISTER

SEPTEMBER 9 (10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)

SAA Open Water Clinic
Lake Lanier ISlands, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Cost: $50
REGISTER

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

If this is your first time participating or if you just need some tips to be a better fundraiser, click here. It will walk you through the participant center and teach you how to email donors, share on social media sites and download the fundraising app.

You may support the swimmer of your choice by making an online donation. Or you may send a check, payable to Swim Across America, to the address below:

Swim Across America
c/o Nancy Peek
P.O. Box 1078
Tucker, GA 30085

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

JUNIOR ADVISORY BOARD

The Swim Across America Junior Advisory Board is a volunteer group of select high school students chosen by their coaches to lead their school’s swim teams in participation, team-building and fundraising. To support their fundraising efforts and teams, or for interest in the 2018 Junior Board, email their advisor Amelia Farmer.

BENEFICIARIES

MSKCC

From 2013 to 2015, SAA—Atlanta fundraising efforts supported Dr. Tobey MacDonald, MD, and his team’s research of pediatric brain tumors at the Swim Across America Lab, located at Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta . Proceeds from the 2016 and 2017 swims support childhood leukemia research led by Dr. Douglas Graham, MD, PhD, Dr. Deborah DeRyckere, PhD, Dr. Zhengqi Wang, PhD, and Dr. Kevin Bunting, PhD, in the Aflac Cancer Center.

VIDEO

Swim Across America - Atlanta from on Vimeo. Check back soon for the 2017 video!

PRESENTING SPONSORS
EVENT SPONSORS

National Partners