Welcome to the Swim Across America - Dallas Open Water Swim.
Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our charity swim in beautiful Lake Ray Hubbard. Come celebrate a decade of Making Waves to Fight Cancer in Dallas!
Proceeds from the swim will support early detection and innovative clinical trials at the Swim Across America Innovative Clinical Trials Center (ICTC) at Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center.
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Dallas Open Water Swim! Established in 2011, SAA - Dallas has raised over $2.6 million for our beneficiary: Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Dallas.
Each year we are proud to host over 450 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far at our charity swim. We are so excited to have you join us for our 11th annual swim on September 25th at Lake Ray Hubbard!
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.
Swim Across America - Dallas funds benefit the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center.
Read more about our beneficiary and the projects we are funding on the Beneficiaries page.
All swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Swimmers under 18 or current college undergrad students are required to raise $200 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. All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America. All team members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $500 (under 18 or current college undergrad student requires $200).
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.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.
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-Dallas 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, 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.
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 Dallas
PO Box 822254
Dallas, TX 75382
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
7:00-8:00 am: Registration
8:00 am: Welcome & Olympian Introductions
8:10 am: Awards and Check Presentation
8:25-8:40 am: Why I Swim
8:40-8:50 am: Safety Talk
8:50-8:55 am: Group Photo
8:55-9:00 am: River Rock Toss
9:00 am: 0.25-mile Start
9:20 am: 2.0-mile Start
9:25 am: 1.0-mile Start
9:30 am: 0.25-mile Start
9:30 am: Breakfast Opens
There will be 1/4 mile, 1 mile, and 2.0 mile options.
All swimmers will wear a timing chip on their ankle, regardless of what course option they choose.
If you are driving to the swim on Saturday in the morning, there is parking available at 2074 Summer Lee Drive. Parking flag/attendants will direct you where to park.
From Downtown Dallas:
Take I-30 East to Rockwall and exit Horizon Road. Turn right on Horizon Road and right on Summer Lee Drive. Follow Summer Lee Drive to the lakefront.
From DFW Airport:
Exit the north entrance of the airport to I-635 approximately to I-30 East. Take I-30 East to Rockwall and exit Horizon Road. Turn right on Horizon Road and right on Summer Lee Drive. Follow Summer Lee Drive to the lakefront.
From Love Field:
Exit left out of the airport and follow Mockingbird Lane to the Dallas North Tollway. Head North on the Toll Way to I-635 approximately to I-30 East. Take I-30 East to Rockwall and exit Horizon Road. Turn right on Horizon Road and right on Summer Lee Drive. Follow Summer Lee Drive to the lakefront.
The following hotels are centrally-located for swimmers attending this event:
Springhill Suites by Marriott Dallas/Rockwall
Hilton Dallas/ Rockwall Lake Front
Hampton Inn Dallas - Rockwall
Cowboys Golf Club
2021 Date: TBD
Join the Texas 7-Eleven FOA Golf Tournament to raise funds in support of Swim Across America. Single golfers may participate for $200. Groups of four may participate for $700. Registration includes access to golf in the tournament, breakfast, snacks and lunch. All proceeds will benefit Swim Across America and the Charles A Sammons Cancer Center at Baylor.
Interested in raising money for SAA - Dallas, but not sure you're ready for the open water? Why not start a pool swim? Gather together your family, friends or team for a day at the pool. Email email@example.com to learn more!