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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!

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EVENT INFO
ABOUT

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.

EVENT DETAILS
YOUR IMPACT

SAA - Boston funds benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Hospital for Children Cancer Center.

Read about the specific cancer research projects and doctors your funds are supporting at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute here.

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SWIMMER INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS

General Fundraising Requirement: $500 for ages 18 & over, $250 for under 18

All swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $250 by event day.

WaveMaker Status: $1,000 minimum:

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.

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. You can inspire each other to reach higher fundraising goals together to support Swim Across America.

Distance Options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 5K

Registration Self-Donation:

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:

  • Register before May 15th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between May 16th and July 17th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between July 18th 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.

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

We strongly recommend that all participants wear a wetsuit for this event. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

55Online Rental: WetsuitRental.com is offering $15 off with code SAA15 on adult and youth wetsuit rentals. You can find more info here.

Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.

Waivers:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

SAA MY WAY

What is SAA MY WAY?

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

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

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

Water volunteers consist of kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and power boaters 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.

Questions about volunteering? Check out our SAA Volunteer Page or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jen Downing.

FUNDRAISING RESOURCES

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.

SAFETY

2021 Return to Events Updates:

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.

SAA Safety & Policies:

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.

Waivers:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

SCHEDULE

Schedule

2021 Schedule TBA!

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

VENUE & GETTING THERE

Swim Location

Castle Island at Pleasure Bay
South Boston, MA 02127.

TEAM RELAY CHALLENGE POOL SWIM

Team Relay Challenge

Harvard University's Blodgett Pool
Date: TBA 2021.

Kick off your spring swimming calendar by joining us in the "Making Waves Team Relay Challenge" event to help raise money and awareness for cancer research and treatment. Gather your teammates for a 2 hour relay swim at Blodgett Pool. Challenge other teams to swim the farthest and raise the most in this annual event. For every $100 raised over the minimum your team receives an additional 100 yards to be added to their total. Click here to learn more and to register!

Schedule

Registration: 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Swim: 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Wrap-up/Awards Ceremony: 10:30 - 11:00 AM

VIDEO

2019 SAA-Boston:

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about SAA - Boston, please contact Jamie Mannion.

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