Welcome to the Swim Across America - Tampa Bay Open Water Swim and Pool Swims. We are excited to announce the 2018 event will be held at North Shore Park in beautiful St. Petersburg on Saturday, April 14. Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital will be an additional beneficiary for 2018. We welcome swimmers of all ages and skill levels to help us fight cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital!
Proceeds from the swim will support the Swim Across America Lab focusing on immunotherapy clinical trials and cancer research as well as the Adolescent & Young Adult Program addressing the unique concerns of young adults with cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center and pediatric cancer research at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.
Registrations: 160 Goal: 250000
This event is not a competition, but an enjoyable fundraising event for everyone! You can sign up as a swimmer, kayaker, or event volunteer. As a swimmer, you will be expected to raise a minimum amount of money based on your age and the event in which you choose to participate. There are no minimum fundraising amounts for kayakers, paddle boarders or event volunteers, however, we do encourage you to do so if at all possible.
We do have several corporate sponsors that help underwrite the event expenses so that almost all of the monies that participants raise go directly to our beneficiaries, Moffitt Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. To see more about SAA giving and non-profit ratings please click here.
Thank you for your support of cancer care in Tampa Bay. With your help, Swim Across America Tampa Bay has donated close to $1 million to Moffitt Cancer Center over the last six years.
Choose to swim either the 1/2 Mile or 1 Mile distance and you pledge to raise a minimum based on your age. For this option, you should register as a "Swimmer" during the registration process. If you do not achieve the minimum by event day, you will be asked to close the money gap at the event with a credit card or check.
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 3 distances. WaveMakers get an exclusive WM gift and access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag.
2.4 Milers are expected to go above and beyond by pledging to raise at least $1,000, regardless of age. You are making a commitment to swim the most difficult distance, ask your donors to be as committed as you are! At this level you automatically become a WaveMaker (and should sign up as one during the registration process) and get the extra perks noted above. If you do not achieve the $1,000 minimum by the swim date, you will be asked to close the money gap at the event with a credit card or check. If you can't, for whatever reason, you will be reassigned to swim your choice of either the 1 Mile or 1/2 Mile and you will not have WaveMaker status.
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 their individual fundraising minimums based on their age, distance or WaveMaker status as noted in the prior sections.
For club teams (18 or under age group led by a coach), the fundraising rule is that the average raised per swimmer is $200. For example, if the club has 20 swimmers, the club as a whole must raise at least $4,000. Some swimmers can be under or over $200, but the team minimum must be reached and all swimmers can swim the 1/2 or 1 mile. If any club swimmers register for the 2.4 mile or to be a WaveMaker, then they need to raise $1,000.
The Dolphin Dash is for kids under 8 who would like to participate by swimming a short distance along the beach under supervision. Registration is $25. There is no fundraising minimum for Dolphin Dash swimmers. However, they are encouraged to fundraise if they would like!
There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The registration fee will change as follows:
Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
Event Schedule is Tentative
6:30 - 7:45 am: Swimmer Registration/Check in7:45am: National Anthem - Welcome 8:00am: 2.4-mile Swimmer Safety Talk 8:05am: 2.4-Swim Begins 8:15 am: 1-Mile Swimmer Safety Talk 8:20 am: 1-Mile Relay Begins 8:30 am: Dolphin Splash Swimmer Safety Talk 8:40 am: Dolphin Splash Begins 8:50 am: 0.5-Mile Swimmer Safety Talk 9:00 am: 0.5-Mile Swim Begins 10:00 am: Awards Ceremony 10:30 am: Program concludes
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
PO Box 65
Lutz, FL 33548
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
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 outon the course with us 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 specific procedures to participate in the event. These procedures are designed to protect swimmers from injury and will be enforced by the Safety Director.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
The new Swim Across America swim site will be located at the North Shore Park in St. Petersburg, in the grassy area directly across from the Vinoy Park Beach volleyball courts.
901 North Shore Dr. NE.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
Closest parking is located within the North Shore Park in two lots.
- Near 10th Ave NE and North Shore Dr NE
- Near 12th Ave NE and North Shore Dr NE
501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 337015
Staybridge Suites St. Petersburg Downtown
940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Note: Let them know you are with Swim Across America: Studio King ($149) or Studio Double ($159)
Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown St. Petersburg
80 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Note: Let them know you are with Swim Across America: Room Rate $189
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is listed as one of the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion.
Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provides expert pediatric care for infants, children and teens with some of the most challenging medical problems in our community and around the world. Named a top 50 children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report, we provide access to the most innovative treatments and therapies. Taking part in pediatric medical education and clinical research helps us to provide world-class care in more than 43 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties.