It's a go! We will be "Making Waves to Fight Cancer!" on October 5.
Our tent for pre-swim check in and post-swim festivities will be at Little Marina Green, 200 yards east of Crissy Field Beach. The area will be clearly marked. Parking will be at a premium on Marina Green and the Presidio, so arrive early and car pool if you can. Remember, patience is a virtue that we will need Saturday.
The 2013 San Francisco Bay Swim has sold out! We have reached our maximum number of swimmers for this year. You can still join us on swim day by registering to volunteer. We hope to see you there!
The fall San Francisco Bay Swim is favorite of the SAA season. Swimmers gather at Crissy Field, travel to Pier 3 via the wheeled "Cable Car" fleet, and then board a boat for a ride around Alcatraz ending just under the Golden Gate Bridge. It's a great scenic tour of the bay with time to bond with friends, old and new. A dramatic and unique entry point rarely experienced follows with a well organized jump into the bay just inside the Golden Gate Bridge. Swimmers head to Crissy Field Beach for a swim totaling around 1.5 miles, depending on the tides. The morning concludes with a celebration at Crissy Field Beach.
Please take a minute to review our "Top 12 things for SAA Swimmers to Know" list to help you along during the swim.
Back Again! Swim With Pedro - We are thrilled to announce that once again Water World Swim will partner with SAA-SF Bay by providing discounted open water swimming at its Thursday evening and Sunday morning swims at Aquatic Park in SF. All who have registered to swim with us on October 5, 2013 will be eligible for the rates of $9 a swim or $99 for the three month period of July-September. Click here for more details.
EVENT DAY TIMELINE
|5:00 am: Volunteers arrive at East Beach of Crissy Field. East Beach is the very northeast corner of the Park - refer to the upper right hand corner of this map.
|6:00 am - 7:15 am: Swimmer registration at Crissy Field. There will be no registration or check-in at Pier 3 - everyone must report to Crissy Field first.
|6:30 am - 7:30 am: There will be 4 shuttles departing every 15 minutes from Crissy Field to Pier 3. Each shuttle can only hold a limited number of people so please plan on departing on one of the first 3 - the 7:30 am will be our reserve "just in case" shuttle.|
|8:00 am: Latest time for swimmers to board the San Francisco Spirit
|8:15 am : The San Francisco Spirit will depart from the dock
|8:20 am : Brief all swimmers on the boat and sharing of stories
|9:45 am : 1.5 mile swimmers jump from the boat
|10:15 am : 1/2 mile swimmers jump from the boat
|10:30 am : The San Francisco Spirit will head back to Pier 3
|Approx. 11:00 am : Awards ceremony and event celebration
This is a fundraising event, and we ask all of our swimmers to put forth a concerted effort to raise money for cancer research. Most swimmers find that it is surprisingly easy to raise money, especially those swimmers who use the website we provide to update their personal page and send emails.
You can register as either a Swimmer or a WaveMaker Swimmer.
Swimmer - A swimmer is required to raise $500 by event day. They will receive a tshirt and towel for their fundraising efforts.
WaveMaker Swimmer - A WaveMaker Swimmer is required to raise $1,000 by event day. By pledging to raise this much in advance, we will award all WaveMakers who reach this goal with a special hat and Swim Across America wristband.
After choosing which type is right for you, you can choose your distance. You can choose from 1/2 mile or 1.5 mile distances.
There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. The registration fee will change as follows:
Remember that the swim will be capped at 250 swimmers so sign up early!
Teams have been formed to swim in honor or in memory of an individual. Corporate and individual teams are encouraged to participate.
Swim Across America makes swimmer safety the most important component of all of our swimming events. All swimmers are required to follow specific procedures and every precaution is taken to ensure swimmer safety. Our Safety Director, Anthony DuComb, is responsible for coordinating all activities within the event, and works closely with both the SF Police and U.S. Coast Guard to ensure swimmer safety. We will have the SF Police Department out on the course with us, as well as many safety kayakers and zodiacs to ensure swimmer safety at all times. All boats are able to communicate via both hand held and ship to shore radios. All swimmers are required to follow extremely important and very specific procedures to participate in the event. These procedures are designed to protect swimmers from injury and will be enforced by the Safety Director and all authorities affiliated with the event. Swimmers are expected to be competent swimmers and able to swim in extremely cold water comfortably. All swimmers are encouraged to wear wetsuits for this event as the water temperature in the Bay is extremely cold. This event is not appropriate for inexperienced or novice swimmers.
Also, please take a minute to review our "Top 12 things for SAA Swimmers to Know" list to help you along during the swim.