Welcome to the Swim Across America - Boston Open Water Swim!
The annual SAA - Boston will be held at a NEW VENUE IN 2021: Castle Island at Pleasure Bay on Saturday, August 14. We welcome swimmers of all ages and skill levels to help us fight cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center!
Thank you for making our 2021 swim a success! You can still register as a virtual SAA My Way participant and fundraise to support local cancer research this year.
Registrations: 140 Goal: 300000
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Boston Open Water Swim! Established in 1996, SAA - Boston has donated millions of dollars to our beneficiaries: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Boston.
Each year we are proud to host over 100 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far at our charity swim. We are so excited to announce that starting in 2021 the swim will take place at a NEW VENUE! Join us for our annual charity swim on August 14th at Castle Island at Pleasure Bay!
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."
Swim Across America is dedicated to providing a safe return to events in 2021.
Hear directly from doctors at our beneficiaries about why your funding is critical to their research below.
Read about the specific cancer research projects and doctors your funds are supporting at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute here.
All swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $250 by event day.
WaveMakers go above and beyond the call of duty by raising at least $1,000 regardless of your age. Anyone can achieve WaveMaker status - swimmers, volunteers or SAA My Way participants. WaveMakers get special recognition and an exclusive WM gift on event day. You can learn more about WaveMaker Status here.
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. You can inspire each other to reach higher fundraising goals together to support Swim Across America.
Swimmers will be asked to kickstart your fundraising and let your supporters know you are personally committed to the mission of SAA. The registration self-donation is a 100% tax deductible donation that will be will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The minimum self-donation amount will change as follows:
Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.
We strongly recommend that all participants wear a wetsuit for this event. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.
Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
SAA My Way is our virtual offering where you decide your activity and timeline. Register with a $50 self-donation and we’ll send you an SAA Swag Bag to show off your spirit. All donations raised for your My Way will support our SAA-Boston event. If you meet the fundraising minimum and later choose to join us at the swim, we can change your registration status. Click here to learn about all the ways you can have fun your way!
To sign up as an SAA My Way participant for our event, click the register button above and select 'SAA My Way' as your participation type.
Volunteers are the backbone of the Swim Across America Family ensuring our event run smoothly from beginning to end. Even if you aren’t a swimmer, you can still help us in the fight against cancer. Don’t forget, volunteers can fundraise too if they want! Ready to volunteer with us? Click on the Register button and select the Volunteer participation type.
Land Volunteers staff all aspects of our event on land. You can anticipate helping with set up, swimmer check-in, finish line support, hospitality and post-swim events/clean up.
Water volunteers consist of kayakers and stand-up paddleboarders that provide crucial logistical and safety support to our event officials and for our swimmers. They will monitor the swim lane, keep an active eye on all our swimmers and communicate any swimmer issues to our event officials.
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 can find more helpful resources on our fundraising resources page.
Be a WaveMaker by taking your fundraising to the next level and raising $1000! Anyone can achieve WaveMaker status - swimmers, volunteers or SAA My Way participants. WaveMakers get special recognition and an exclusive WM gift on event day. You can learn more about WaveMaker Status here.
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 - Boston
c/o Jamie Mannion
PO Box 206
300 Broadway Lbby
Revere, MA 02151
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
For three decades, Swim Across America has been committed to providing a safe environment for our charity activities. COVID-19 brings a new dimension as we create our safety protocols. Each of our charity swims will abide by local, state and national guidelines. COVID-19 will likely have some impact on our ability to offer the day of experience you’ve come to expect.
All participants and volunteers will be asked to follow safety procedures and policies. Participants are responsible for adequately preparing for their registered charity event. We ask that all participants review the information packet provided in advance and attend the day-of safety briefing if you are participating in our live experience.
We appreciate your understanding as we commit to creating the best possible environment for our participants, volunteers and community. Our Return to Events Updates can be found here. Please check this page for any changes.
Swim Across America makes participant safety the most important component of all our events. All swimmers will be asked to follow specific safety procedures and policies to participate, as well as comply with SAA safety personnel, including local and government entities, Lifeguards, and water safety volunteers. Participants are responsible for adequately preparing for their registered event. We ask that all participants review the information packet provided in advance of event day, as well as attend the day-of safety briefing for important safety information.
If you have questions about our policies regarding inclement weather, swim equipment or wetsuits, please consult our Policies page.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
7:00am Volunteers Arrive
8:00am Registration Opens
9:00am Ceremony Begins
9:20am Safety Talk
9:30am 0.5 Mile swim starts
9:40am 5K swim starts
10:10am 1 Mile swim starts
11:30am Course closes
Castle Island at Pleasure Bay
South Boston, MA 02127.
2080 William J Day Blvd
Boston, MA 02127
Our Team Relay Challenge pool swim will return in 2022! Please consider joining us for the open water swim on August 14th! We will be offering 0.5 mile, 1 mile and 5K swim distances! Pleasure Bay is a sheltered bay and the course will allow for easy access back to the shore at many points.
You can also choose to participate virtually with our SAA My Way program where you decide your activity and timeline. Click here for more information!
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