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Join the 13th annual SAA - San Francisco Bay Area Swim. We meet at Little Marina Green in the City, travel via the wheeled "Cable Car" fleet to Pier 43.5 and board a boat from the Red and White Fleet 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 also have a .75 option) to Yacht Harbor Beach. Festivities follow at Little Marina Green.

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We are thrilled to present the 13th 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 2017, thanks to the generosity of our participants, SAA - SF Bay Area gifted $620,000 to these programs.

On September 22nd, we meet at Little Marina Green in San Francisco, travel via the wheeled "Cable Car" fleet to Pier 43.5, and board a Red and White fleet boat 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 also have a .75 option) to Yacht Harbor Beach. Festivities follow at Little Marina Green.

All swimmers should be comfortable swimming in open water in the San Francisco Bay by the September 22nd 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 which is a commitment to raise a minimum of $1500. We welcome you increase your fundraising efforts to help us "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.

*Swimmers who are 16 years of age or under on September 22 are required to raise a minimum of $500.

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 $1,500. 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 $1,500 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. Being a member of a team can be motivating, inspirational and rewarding for everyone involved with Swim Across America. There is a friendly competition among all the teams, which makes it even that much more fun and challenging. All individual 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 2018 Swimmer Safety Document will be available soon.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Need Swim Training?

You should train in Open Water before your September Swim! Suzie Dods, a world class open water coach, will teach you in Aquatic Park. Contact her at www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com or (415) 531-3374. Melissa Lewis also offers training.

SCHEDULE & COURSE MAP

Tentative Schedule for Swimmers and Volunteers (subject to change)

PARKING IS LIMITED AT LITTLE MARINA GREEN, SO CAR POOLING, 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 RD., OR ON CITY STREETS.

4:00 am: Leadership Team arrives at Little Marina Green, which is located at the corner of Marina Blvd and Scott Street at the West Entrance to Crissy Field.

4:30 am: Volunteers arrive at Little Marina Green

5:00-6:00 am: Swimmer registration at Little Marina Green. All swimmers must sign in, sign a waiver or bring downloaded signed waiver, and be body-marked and get timing chip. There will be no registration or check-in at Pier 43.5! Everyone must report to Little Marina Green first, and the earlier the better as there are 300 of you to register.

5:15 am-6:30 am: Cable Car Shuttles will transport swimmers from Little Marina Green to Pier 3. Each shuttle holds a limited number of people, so please plan on departing as soon as you register. Gather with your team and friends at Pier 43.5. not at Little Marina Green.

6:30 am: The last shuttle will depart from Little Marina Green. If you miss this shuttle, it is your responsibility to get over to Pier 43.5 no later than 7:00 am.

5:30-7:00 am: Coffee, bagels, etc. and tattooing of Wavemaker and Rookie Swimmers at Pier 43.5.

7:00 am: Latest time for swimmers to board the Red and White Fleet Boat

KAYAKERS LAUNCHING AT YACHT HARBOR SHOULD ARRIVE LITTLE MARINA GREEN NO LATER THAN 7:00 AM FOR BRIEFING AND DEPARTURE FOR BRIDGE BY 8:00 AM. PARKING WILL BE PROVIDED.

DOLPHIN AND SOUTH END CLUB PILOTS, ROWERS AND KAYAKERS WILL LAUNCH FROM AQUATIC PARK IN TIME TO BE AT GG BRIDGE BY 8:30-8:45 AM.

7:15 am: The Red and White Fleet Boat will depart from Pier 43.5. Coffee and breakfast food on board.

7:30 am: Safety briefing for all swimmers, followed by sharing of stories. The Flower Ceremony will follow, and occur before the jump.

8:45-9:00 am: 1.75 mile swimmers jump from the Boat.

9:15-9:30 am: .75 mile swimmers jump from the Boat.

10:00 am: The Red and White Fleet Boat will head back to Pier 43.5 and the last swimmers should be exiting bay waters at Yacht Harbor Beach. Confirmation all swimmers are accounted for by 10:30. Event and Wavemaker T-shirts, as well as 13th Anniversary towels will be presented at the finish area.

10:30 am: Awards ceremony and event celebration.

Noon: Wrap-up and pick up.

Course Map

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 2018 Swimmer Safety Document will be available soon.

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.

VIDEO
  • Fundraising Incentive for $10,000: If you raise $10,000 by September 1st, you will receive a cozy TruWest Swim Across America parka. Once you hit the $10,000 mark (must do so on be before September 1st), please contact Susan to discuss your size and personal embroidery. We want to have as many of you as possible decked out in one of these parkas so get going on your fundraising TODAY! (To receive your parka by event day, you must order by Aug. 15th.)
    You may also purchase at this link and 10% of your purchase will come back to us! Get one today or raise $10,000!
    Fundraising Incentive for $5,000: All swimmers who raise $5,000 or more by September 1st will receive a special gift TBT.

  • Zealios makes personal care products formulated for endurance athletes. From high performance sunscreen to swim & sport shampoo and conditioner, Zealios has you covered. All purchases through SAA receive 15% off and 25% of sales will be donated back SAA-SF to Make Waves to Fight Cancer. Code: ZupSAA-SFBAY17

  • Here is your chance to sign up for the Sports Basement Basementeer Program for FREE (normally $25)! You will receive 10% off purchases at all locations. You can select Swim Across America as your beneficiary, and we will receive 10% of the profits. Click HERE to enroll today!

  • Need Swim Training? You should train in Open Water before your September Swim! Suzie Dods, a world class open water coach, will teach you in Aquatic Park. Contact her at www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com or (415) 531-3374. You can also attend an Open Water Clinic Don't miss the opportunity to get great open water swimming tips on August 26th and September 2nd with Melissa Lewis. TriNow will donate 10% of all clinic proceeds to the 2018 SAA - San Francisco Bay swim. (Date of clinics TBD)

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