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Inclement Weather Policy

The safety of our events is our top priority. Due to the nature of open water swimming events taking place outdoors, safety concerns, including inclement weather, can necessitate a change to the original event plan.

In the event of adverse weather conditions, the Event Director and Safety Coordinator, in conjunction with SAA National, local safety entities and/or law enforcement, may delay the event, modify the course, cancel the event, or move venue location.

If safety concerns necessitate a change to the original event plan, Swim Across America will promptly notify participants via the event website, email and social media.

Refund Policy

Swim Across America, Inc. (“SAA”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #22-3248256). All contributions to SAA, including registration fees, are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Registration fees are non-refundable and are non-transferrable. If an event is canceled for safety reasons or force majeure, all proceeds will still be granted to the local beneficiary in support of cutting edge cancer research and clinical trials.

Equipment Policy

Participants are permitted to use the following in Swim Across America events: Fins, paddles, buoys, swim safety buoys, and kickboards

Participants are not permitted to use Mp3 players while swimming and are not allowed on the course at any time.

Snorkels may be used with approval from the National Director of Events.

Wetsuit Policy

Below 67° F ------ Mandatory*
67.1° F - 76° F ------  Recommended
76.1° F - 83.7° F ------ Permitted
83.8° F and above ------ Not Permitted*

Swim skins are permitted.

*Exceptions may be reviewed and approved by the National Director of Events, Event Director, and Swim Course or Safety Coordinator. Local safety teams must be advised of the special exceptions.


If you continue to need assistance, please contact your event manager listed on the Contact Us page or our National Office at (980) 265-1276 or by email. We'd be happy to help you out today!