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Join the 12th annual SAA - SF Bay Area Swim. We meet at Little Marina Green in the City, travel via the wheeled "Cable Car" fleet to Pier 3, and board The California Spirit for a cruise towards Alcatraz ending just under the Golden Gate Bridge. Once there, swimmers will jump into the Bay and, surrounded by a large fleet of safety boats and kayaks, swim 1.75 miles (we have a .75 option) to Yacht Harbor Beach. Festivities follow at Little Marina Green.

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ABOUT

We are thrilled to present the 12th Annual Swim Across America - San Francisco Bay Area Swim. Proceeds from the swim will support cancer research and patient recovery at our two local beneficiary programs: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program. In 2016, thanks to the generosity of our participants, SAA - SF Bay Area gifted $550,000 to these programs.

On September 17th, we meet at Little Marina Green in the City, travel via the wheeled "Cable Car" fleet to Pier 3, and board The California Spirit for a cruise towards Alcatraz ending just under the Golden Gate Bridge. Once there, swimmers will jump into the Bay and, surrounded by a large fleet of safety boats and kayaks, swim 1.75 miles (we have a .75 option) to Yacht Harbor Beach. Festivities follow at Little Marina Green.

All swimmers should be comfortable swimming in open water in San Francisco Bay by the September 17th date. We will have training sessions available at Aquatic Park and elsewhere, and recommend that swimmers take advantage of them. Swimmers will be required to wear wetsuits unless given approval by our Safety Co-Director to swim without one.

All swimmers must raise a minimum of $750 to support the cause. Those who feel particularly motivated to raise even more, can register as WaveMaker Swimmers. We welcome you to help "Make Waves to Fight Cancer!

EVENT DETAILS
SWIMMER REQUIREMENTS

General Fundraising Requirement:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $750 by the event day in order to swim.

Remember, 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.

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers must raise at least $750, but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000. You can sign up to be a WaveMaker when you register but, even if you don't, you will automatically become one when you hit the $1,000 mark. WaveMakers get exclusive WM swag and access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues and college alumni will form teams, or teams may be formed in honor or memory of a loved one. All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America. All team members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $750.

Parking is limited at Little Marina Green, so carpooling, cycling, taxi, Uber, etc. is recommended for all but kayakers. Everyone but the kayakers should park at Crissy Field, just to the west of Yacht Road or on city streets.

Distance Options:

  • .75 Mile
  • 1.75 Mile

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum after registering. The registration fee will change as follows:

  • Register before June 1st with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between June 1st and June 30th with a registration fee of $100
  • Register between July 1st and July 31st with a registration fee of $125
  • Register on or after August 1st with a registration fee of $150

Remember that the swim will be capped at 350 swimmers so sign up early!

Safety Document and Waiver:

The 2017 Swimmer Safety Document will be available here in the near future.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

4:00 am: Leadership team arrives at Little Marina Green

4:30 am: Volunteers arrive at Little Marina Green.

5:00-6:00 am: Swimmer registration at Little Marina Green

5:15 am-6:30 am: Cable Car Shuttles will transport swimmers from Little Marina Green to Pier 3

6:30 am: The last shuttle will depart from Little Marina Green

5:30-7:00 am: Coffee, bagels, etc. and tattooing of Wavemaker and Rookie Swimmers at Pier 3

7:00 am: Latest time for swimmers to board the San Francisco Spirit

Kayakers launching at Yacht Harbor should arrive at Little Marina Green no later than 7:00 a.m. for briefing and departure for bridge by 8:00 a.m. Parking will be provided. Dolphin and South End Club pilots, rowers and kayakers will launch from Aquatic Park in time to be at Golden Gate Bridge by 8:30-8:45 a.m.

7:15 am: The San Francisco Spirit will depart from Pier 3. More coffee and breakfast food on board.

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 Anthony DuComb
1684 8th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

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

SAFETY

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.

Safety Document and Waiver:

The 2017 Swimmer Safety Document will be available here once available.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

GETTING THERE

Parking is limited at Little Marina Green, so carpooling, cycling, taxi, Uber, etc. is recommended for all but kayakers. Everyone but the kayakers should park at Crissy Field, just to the west of Yacht Road or on city streets.

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