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Join the Catalina Channel Relay to Fight Cancer with Swim Across America. Everyone's life has been impacted by cancer which is why we're swimming to help "Make Waves to Fight Cancer" and raise money for cancer research, prevention and treatment.


WHAT: The Catalina Channel is the body of water between Santa Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes Peninsula, west of Long Beach, California. Relay teams of six swimmers will embark on a double crossing of the channel, a 42-mile swim, July 17th and 18th. The successful swim will be observed and registered with the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.

WHEN: July 17-18 2017

WHERE: San Pedro, CA

HOW TO JOIN: The double crossing will be limited to two teams of 6. You may also register for a single relay crossing (6 swimmers per team). For more information and if you are an individual looking to join a team, please email Dan Simonelli or Megan Melgaard.

Swimmers should be experienced swimming in open water and must sign a waiver prior to participating. Swimmers will be required to complete a 1 one-hour ocean swim and a 1 one-hour night ocean swim without a wetsuit (official CCSF sanctioned swim is sans wetsuit). Swimmers must verify their one-hour day and night swims with an accredited coach or observer two months prior to the swim event, as well as provide past open water experience to Event Director, Dan Simonelli.

Preparation swims, as well as training plans, are available through Dan Simonelli, SAA Catalina Event Director and Director of the Open Water Swim Academy in Southern California. Dan will also offer day and night swim clinics on April 28 and 29 in La Jolla, CA.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here and email to If you are under 18, please have the waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

FUNDRAISING: All double crossing relay swimmers must raise at least $3,500. In the event a swimmer does not reach the fundraising minimum, their spot on the relay may be forfeited to an alternate who has reached the fundraising goal.

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