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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Fairfield County Open Water Swim. Formerly known as SAA - Greenwich-Stamford, we invite swimmers of all ages and skill levels to take part in our 13th annual event in beautiful Long Island Sound. Volunteers (on land and water) are also invited to sign up and we always welcome friends and family to cheer our swimmers as they make waves to fight cancer.

  • Proceeds from the swim will support Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy, the nation’s only foundation dedicated exclusively to funding cancer gene therapy research.

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EVENT INFO
ABOUT

Established in 2007, the SAA - Fairfield County swim has donated $3.8 million over 12 years to Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy. 100% of funds contributed by Swim Across America to ACGT go directly to research.

If you have any questions about SAA - Fairfield County, please contact Michele Graham or Nancy Carr.

Water Volunteers: For all boating inquiries, please contact Sean Brady. Kayakers and Stand-Up Paddleboarders can contact Dana Lee.

Swim Across America, Inc. (“SAA”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #22-3248256)

EVENT DETAILS
SWIMMER REQUIREMENTS

General Fundraising Requirement:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $300 by event day.

WaveMaker Swimmer: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers and go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000 regardless of your age. You can sign up for any of the 3 distances. WaveMakers get an exclusive WM gift and access to the WM tent on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag.

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. 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.

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.5 Mile
  • 3.0 Mile

Registration Fees:

There is a registration fee that will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The registration fee will change as follows:

  • Register before March 22nd with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between March 23rd and June 1st with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between June 2nd and event day with a registration fee of $100

NOTE: Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

Due to water temperature, all 1.5 and 3 mile swimmers will be required to wear a wetsuit.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Local: The Ski and Scuba Connection is offering a discounted wetsuit rental for only $10.64/day. The rental wetsuits are general water sports wetsuits, not triathlon wetsuits. They have triathlon wetsuits for sale and offer SAA participants a 10% discount. You must come to the store to try it on your wetsuit, complete the paper work and pay for the wet suit prior to the swim. Cash payment only please.The wetsuits can be picked up on the day before the swim and returned to the representatives who will be on-site at the swim. The store is located at 26 St Roch Ave, Greenwich, CT. Telephone is (203) 629-4766 Open M-F 11 am to 6 pm, Sat 11 am to 5 pm, closed Sundays.

Online 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 10% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAA10.

Waivers:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

What to Bring:

In addition to bringing any donations you have collected, please remember to bring the following items: directions to ACGT, a towel, sunscreen, a baseball hat or equivalent to shade your face, sweatshirt, sweatpants, wetsuit (mandatory), board shirt (this goes underneath the wetsuit to prevent chafing around the neck), Vaseline or BodyGlide (for under the arms, neck area), 2 pairs of goggles, your cell phone to take pictures to post on social media, and don't forget a labeled bag that zips to put everything in!

SCHEDULE

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

6:30 am: 3 Miler Registration

7:00 am: Registration/Check in

7:30 am: 3 Miler Swim Start

8:00 am: Swimmer safety meeting and group photograph

8:30 am: 1.5 Mile Swim Start

8:45 am: 1/2 Mile Swim Start

10:00 am (approximately): Awards Ceremony. Bring the whole family for food and fun!

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

2019 Fundraising Kit Now Available!

The Fairfield County team has put together a Fundraising Kit to help all swimmers hit their fundraising goals. Download here and check out the links below to make waves in your community:

If this is your first time participating in Swim Across America 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 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
c/o Jacque Lang
14 Little Ridge Road
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.

Swim Across America, Inc. (“SAA”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #22-3248256)

SAFETY

Swim Across America makes swimmer safety the most important component of all our swimming events. A Safety Director is responsible for coordinating all activities within an event, and works closely with the local Fire, Police and EMT's to ensure swimmer safety. We will have a number of lifeguards, safety kayakers and safety boats out on the course with us to ensure swimmer safety at all times. All boats are able to communicate via both hand held and ship to shore radios. All swimmers are required to follow specific procedures to participate in the event. These procedures are designed to protect swimmers from injury and will be enforced by the Safety Director.

Waivers:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Policies:

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

WETSUITS

Swimmers will be required to wear wetsuits for the 3.0 and 1.5 mile swims. Our 0.5 mile swimmers have the option of using of wetsuit.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Local: The Ski and Scuba Connection is offering a discounted wetsuit rental for only $10.64/day. The rental wetsuits are general water sports wetsuits, not triathlon wetsuits. They have triathlon wetsuits for sale and offer SAA participants a 10% discount. You must come to the store to try it on your wetsuit, complete the paper work and pay for the wet suit prior to the swim. Cash payment only please.The wetsuits can be picked up on the day before the swim and returned to the representatives who will be on-site at the swim. The store is located at 26 St Roch Ave, Greenwich, CT. Telephone is (203) 629-4766 Open M-F 11 am to 6 pm, Sat 11 am to 5 pm, closed Sundays.

Online 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 10% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAA10.

COURSE MAP

2016 Atlanta Map

GETTING THERE

Directions:

Swim Location: 96 Cummings Point Road in Stamford, CT
Take Connecticut Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 5. At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, take a right onto East Putnam Avenue (U.S. route 1). At the first light, take a right onto Sound Beach Avenue. Bear right at the rotary and continue on Sound Beach Avenue to end (approximately 1.9 miles). Turn left onto Shore Road. Proceed to third stop sign (approximately .8 miles), turn right onto Cummings Point Road. Follow Cummings Point until you are approaching a road barrier that reads "No Trespassing/Do Not Enter." Before reaching the barrier, turn left between stone columns.

Places to Stay:

The following hotels are centrally-located for swimmers attending this event:

Sheraton Stamford Hotel
700 East Main Street
Stamford, CT 06901
(203) 358-8400

Hyatt Regency Greenwich
1800 East Putnam Avenue
Old Greenwich, CT 06870
(203) 409-4350

POOL SWIMS AND OTHER

Riverside Yacht Club Pool Swim

Riverside Yacht Club
Date: JULY 14

Rocky Point Club Inner Tube Water Polo

Rocky Point Club Pool
Date: TBA

Meters for a Cure ERG Challenge (Rowing Event)

Greenwich Water Club
Date: TBA

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