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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Boston Open Water Swim!
The annual SAA - Boston will be held at Castle Island at Pleasure Bay on Saturday, August 10. We welcome swimmers of all ages and skill levels to help us fight cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General Cancer Center!

6:30 a.m. All Volunteers Arrive
7:30 a.m. Registration Opens
9:15 a.m. 2 Mile Swim Starts
LOCATION
Castle Island at Pleasure Bay
South Boston, MA 02127
Swim Options
.5 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile
Kids Splash, SAA My Way (Virtual)
Fundraising
18+: $500
Under 18: $250
BENEFITING
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Mass General Cancer Center
$227,139.89$250,000.00
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EVENT INFO
ABOUT

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Boston Open Water Swim! Established in 1996, SAA - Boston has raised over $7 million for our beneficiaries: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Mass General 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. Join us for our annual charity swim on August 10 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."

EVENT DETAILS
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.

Kids Splash:

The Kids Splash is for kids under 8 who would like to participate by swimming a short distance along the beach under supervision. Registration is $25. There is no fundraising minimum for Kids Splash swimmers. However, they are encouraged to fundraise if they would like!

Angel Swimmers

For those who are hesitant about swimming in open water, we are happy to provide an “angel swimmer” to swim the course alongside you. Angel swimmers are experienced open water swimmers who encourage you, keep an eye on you and support you during your swim. If you think you may benefit from having an angel swimmer, please respond yes to the question presented in online registration. You may also reach out to Jen Downing to answer any questions.

Distance Options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 2 Mile
  • Kids Splash

2024 SAA-Boston Course Overview and Safety Briefing Video

For reference, watch this video for a course overview and safety briefing of the 2023 Swim Across America - Boston Open Water Swim. All swimmers are required to attend the Mandatory Safety Briefing at 9:00 am on the beach the morning of the swim.


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 13 with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between May 13 and July 14 with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between July 15 and event day with a registration fee of $100

Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

Wetsuits are required for this event. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Online Wetsuit Purchase: Orca is an SAA wetsuit partner offering a 20% discount and entry to win a $500 gift card when you shop through our SAA Orca link.

Fast Splits Online Wetsuit Rental and Sales: Fast Splits in Needham Heights offers wetsuit rentals and sales for our event. Click here for information on a $50 wetsuit rental for Thursday to Tuesday. Find info about wetsuit sales here.

Waivers:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

2024 Swimmer Packet:

The 2024 Swimmer Packet will be distributed via email approximately five days before our event. It contains important information about the schedule, what to expect and what to bring. For reference, find the 2023 packet here.

YOUR IMPACT

Proceeds from the swim will support quality-of-life clinical research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and oncology research at Mass General Cancer Center.

MSKCC

Read about the specific cancer research projects and doctors your funds are supporting at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute here. Read the latest Swim Across America - Boston impact report here.

RESEARCH MILESTONE! The New England Journal of Medicine recently published a paper that showed “dramatic and rapid” regression of glioblastoma in three patients who received groundbreaking CAR-T therapy. The clinical trial was conducted at a lab within Mass General Cancer Center that received earlier funding from Swim Across America Boston and Swim Across America Nantucket.

Hear directly from doctors at our beneficiaries about why your funding is critical to their research below.

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. 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 runs 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 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.

Angel Swimmers

Angel Swimmers are experienced open water swimmers who are willing to accompany a nervous swimmer throughout the course. Angel swimmers must be able to swim all distances and help out if the swimmer needs. To register as an angel swimmer, choose “volunteer” and then select Angel Swimmer. The local planning team will have final approval of angel swimmers.

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.


NEW! Watch these instructional videos to learn how to register, update your participant center, connect to Facebook and more!


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

SAA Safety & Policies:

Participant safety is 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.

Waiver:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

If you have questions about our policies regarding inclement weather, swim equipment or wetsuits, please consult our Policies page.

SCHEDULE

Schedule

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

6:30 a.m. All Volunteers Arrive

7:30 a.m. Registration Opens

8:30 a.m. Ceremony Begins

9:00 a.m. Safety Talk

9:15 a.m. 2 Mile Swim Starts

9:25 a.m. Kids Splash

9:40 a.m. 1 Mile Swim Starts

10:00 a.m. 1/2 Mile Swim Starts

10:30 a.m. Course Closes

Noon - Join us for a celebration at Harpoon!

VENUE & GETTING THERE

Swim Location

Castle Island at Pleasure Bay
South Boston, MA 02127.

Parking

2080 William J Day Blvd
Boston, MA 02127

2023 Boston Course Map

TEAM RELAY CHALLENGE POOL SWIM

Stay tuned for info about a Team Relay Challenge Pool Swim

In the meantime, please consider joining us for the open water swim on August 10th. We will be offering 0.5 mile, 1 mile and 2 mile 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!

 

PARTNERSHIPS

Interested in being an SAA-Boston Partner?

If you'd like to learn more about partnership opportunities, please review the 2024 Partnership Guide or email Jamie Mannion.

NEWS AND VIDEO

IN THE NEWS

Here are some recent stories that display the impact members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Boston community.

RECENT VIDEOS

Swimmers flood Castle Island to raise money for cancer research (WHDH)

Swim Across America holding event at Castle Island to raise money for cancer research (Boston 25)

CONTACT US

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

EVENT PARTNERS

 

National Partners
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