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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 in beautiful Lake Lanier.


Thank you for participating in the 2017 Swim Across America - Atlanta event. Swim Results can be found here.

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Atlanta Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our 5th 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 over $1 million to the Swim Across America Lab at the Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

We are proud to support over 500 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far.


General Fundraising Requirements:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $300 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $150 by event day. Each registered swimmer is invited to participate in our Duck Splash, held from 10:30-10:50, 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 WM village on event day.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues, high schools, 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. Companies looking to sponsor teams can do so for $5,000.

Distance Options:

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

Relay Info

Want the chance to swim with friends or compete against others for bragging rights and specials prizes? Participate in the event as a part of a 2-mile relay, where up to 4 swimmers compete 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.

Kids Duck Splash

The Kids Duck Splash is a fun addition in 2017 for less experienced swimmers ages 5 and above who still want to swim, be a part of a team, and participate in the fun. There is no fundraising minimum but we hope all participants are inspired to make waves with us and fundraise. Join us for this festive event, which starts at 10:30am. Both online registration and day of registration is $50.

Registration Fees:

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

  • Register before March 31st with a registration fee of $25
  • Register between April 1st and August 19th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between August 20th and event day with a registration fee of $100

Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! 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 2017. Please email Nancy to sign up or for more information.


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 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 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 with no exceptions.


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

Swim Caps:

Every swimmer must wear the SAA colored cap given to them at the registration for their designated event. You may not switch caps for a different color.

Angel Swimmers:

For those people who are nervous about swimming in the open water, we have "swim angels" who are willing 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 ease any anxiety you may have. If you would like to be an angel swimmer, or would like to have one assigned to you, please contact Nancy.


6:00 am: Volunteers Arrive/Register

7:15 - 8:45 am: Swimmer Registration

8:45 am: 5K Swimmer Safety Talk / Rookie Welcome / Why I Swim

9:00 am: 5K Swim Begins

9:10 am: 2 Mile Swimmer Safety Talk / Rookie Welcome / Why I Swim

9:20 am: 2 Mile Relay Begins

9:25 am: Duck Splash Swimmer Safety Talk / Why I Swim

9:30 am: Duck Splash Begins

9:45 am: 1 Mile Swimmer Safety Talk / Rookie Welcome / Why I Swim

10:00 am: 1 Mile Swim Begins

10:05 am: 1/2 Mile Swimmer Safety Talk / Rookie Welcome / Why I Swim

10:20 am: 1/2 Mile Swim Begins

11:00 am: Awards Ceremony & Lunch


Please print out this PARKING PASS to receive free parking at Lake Lanier Islands on the day fo the swim.

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


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! 


AUGUST 13: Swim Across America Clinic #Amazing Grace

Join SAA on August 13th, 2017 at Greater Atlanta Christian School to work on correcting stroke techniques, race strategies, and starts and turns. The main coaches will be Karl Krug, head coach of Spartans Aquatic Club and former Auburn swimmer and U.S. Open winner, and Emily Krug, assistant coach of Spartans Aquatic Club and two time Olympic Trials qualifier and also former Auburn swimmer. Concessions will be available at the pool. Swim Across America Team #TakeThatBenedict + Amazing Grace is hosting this stroke clinic in honor of fourteen-year-old team member and swimmer Grace Bunke, who has battled cancer for most of her pre-teen and teen years. Cost is $25.00. Click here to register.

SEPTEMBER 10: Swim Across America Open Water Clinic at Lake Lanier Islands

The clinic will include open water swimming, technique, skills, race prep, and fun for beginners to advanced swimmers. Ages 7 and above are welcome. Proceeds will support Swim Across America which raises funds for pediatric cancer research at Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Cost is $25.00. Register HERE or EMAIL for more information.

SEPTEMBER 17: Swim Across America Open Water Clinic at Lake Lanier Islands

The clinic will include open water swimming, technique, skills, race prep, and fun for beginners to advanced swimmers. Ages 7 and above are welcome. Proceeds will support Swim Across America which raises funds for pediatric cancer research at Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Cost is $25.00. Register HERE or EMAIL for more information.


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.


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 2016-17 Junior Board, email their advisor Julie Granger.


SAA—Atlanta is fortunate to have a wonderful team of Olympians who attend our events year after year.

Craig Beardsley

Carlton Bruner

Nei-Kuan Chia

Missy Franklin

Geoff Gaberino

Doug Gjertsen

Joe Hudepohl

Janel Jorgensen McArdle

Kristy Kowal

Steve Lundquist

Megan Neyer

Heather Petri

Daniel Watters

Amanda Weir

Ashley Whitney

Peter Wright

Eric Wunderlich

Paige Zemina


Join Swim Across America Atlanta and Olympic Swimmers in the experience of a lifetime! On September 24th, individuals who fundraise over $3,000* are invited to swim with the whale sharks alongside SAA Olympians in the Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager tank.

Your experience will include a swim in the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit and behind the scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium at 11am or 3pm, as well as lunch with SAA Olympians. A Walk & Watch program is also available for those who would rather not swim, but would still like to join in on the experience and contribute to a worthy cause.

A dive experience in Ocean Voyager alongside the whales is available at 4:30pm for those who are Scuba certified.

Limited spots are available. Email Megan Melgaard for more details or to sponsor a swimmer experience.

*Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate. Participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a participating adult in the water and must have the program liability waiver signed. Individuals who are under the age of 18 will qualify with an accompanying parent/guardian once the $3,000 fundraising minimum has been reached. Those first to reach the fundraising minimum will be guaranteed one of 12 available spots.