The 3rd annual SAA - Florida Keys will be held at Founders Park in beautiful Islamorada on Saturday, April 20th. We welcome swimmers of all ages and skill levels to help us fight cancer in the Florida Keys with Miami Cancer Institute!
Welcome to the 3rd annual Swim Across America - Florida Keys Open Water Swim! Located in beautiful Islamorada, swimmers from throughout the Keys and South Florida are invited to participate in their most impactful swim of the year. Funds raised will go directly to cancer research and patient care programs. Established in 2022, SAA - Florida Keys donated over $110,000 to our local beneficiary. Thank you for your support of cancer care in the Florida Keys.
We are proud to host swimmers, 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 annual swim on April 20th at Founders Park!
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."
All swimmers pledge to raise a minimum based on your age. Participants 18 & over are asked to raise a minimum of $500 and participants under 18 are asked to raise a minimum of $200. If you do not achieve the minimum by event day, you will be asked to close the money gap at the event with a credit card or check.
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 their individual fundraising minimums based on their age, distance or WaveMaker status as noted in the prior sections.
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 Glenn Latham to answer any questions.
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.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
We have a 1 hour cut off for the swim. What does this mean for you? It will be at the discretion of the Safety Director as to whether to "advance" you via a boat to a point closer to the finish or to have the lifeguards remove you from the water after that time limit passes. Please keep in mind that all of these procedures are designed in the interest of safety.
The 2024 Swimmer Packet will be distributed the week of the event via email. The 2023 Swimmer and Volunteer packet can be found here for reference.
Proceeds from SAA - Florida Keys will support early stage cancer research at Miami Cancer Institute. Grant information will be shared as it becomes available.
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-Florida Keys 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 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.
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.
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
8508 Park Road #389
Charlotte, NC 28210
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
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.
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.
Wetsuits: Orca is an SAA wetsuit partner offering a 20% discount on all Orca purchases with code SAA20.
Event Schedule is subject to change and updates will be emailed to participants
7:15 Volunteers Arrive (core team to arrive earlier)
8:00 - 8:45 Registration Begins
8:50 Mandatory Safety Speech
9:00 Welcome Program & Guest Speaker
9:25 National Anthem/Prayer
9:30 Kids Splash
9:45 2 Mile Start
10:00 1 mile start (over 30 min)
10:10 ½ mile start
10:20 1 mile start (under 30 min)
** Course Cutoff is 11:10
11:15 Post Celebration
12:00 Event ends
The Swim Across America - Florida Keys open water swim will be located at Founders Park in Islamorada, FL.
87000 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
Mile Marker 87 on the Overseas Highway
- Here's a list of local lodging options in and around Islamorada.
Here are some resources for your trip to Islamorada:
- A profile on a Road Trip through the Keys
Coach Jen Dutton has developed a two-part swim clinic to help you prepare for the SAA-Florida Keys Open Water Swim on April 15, 2023. Coach Jen is certified through USMS, USAS, ASCA, WOWSA, and Red Cross. Please register by contacting Coach Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 15th. Cost is $50 per swimmer ($50 registration fee for participating in the SAA Florida Keys swim will be waived upon completion of the clinic). Learn more here.
Here are some recent stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Florida Keys community.
If you have any questions about SAA - Florida Keys, please contact Glenn Latham.
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