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Welcome to the 29th year celebrating Swim Across America with Long Island Sound benefit swims. The Long Island Sound Open Water Swim and Pool Swims have raised record-breaking funds to fight cancer!

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EVENT INFO
ABOUT

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Long Island Sound Open Water Swim! Established in 1992, SAA - Long Island Sound has raised millions of dollars for our beneficiaries: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Cancer Support Team. Thank you for your support of cancer care in New York.

Each year we are proud to host over 800 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 29th annual swim on July 31st at Larchmont Yacht Club and Larchmont Shore Club!

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 - Long Island Sound funds benefit Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian and Cancer Support Team.

Hear directly from the incredible doctors your funds are supporting below.

MSKCC

We support the Swim Across America Research Laboratory, the research laboratories of Dr. Luis Diaz and the MSK Kids Department of Pediatrics at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. 

Columbia Presbyterian

We fund the Tommy Palazzo Fellowship for Pediatric Oncology Research at Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian (Blood and Marrow Transplanation) at Columbia University Medical Center.

Cancer Support Team new logo

The Cancer Support Team is a local home health care agency located in Mamaroneck, NY. They provide many services to cancer patients and their families.

SWIMMER INFORMATION & REQUIREMENTS

5K Swimmers: $500 General Fundraising Requirement

  • 14-16 years old: must have LIS committee approval.
  • 12-14 years old: all parents and legal guardians of our young swimmers must agree to swim along side for the duration of the swim. If the parent or guardian is not participating in the event, he/she agrees to have another qualified adult, whom they shall specify on swim day, swim along side his/her child for the swim duration.

2K Swimmers: $500 General Fundraising Requirement

  • Children under 12: all parents and legal guardians of our youngest swimmers must agree to swim along side for the swim duration. If the parent or guardian is not participating in the event, he/she agrees to have another qualified adult, whom they shall specify on swim day, swim along side his/her child for the swim duration.

10K Swimmers: $5,000 fundraising minimum:

Must be 18 years or older, have previously completed a LIS 5K swim, and have LIS committee approval.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Teams are friends and family that participate in a swim(s) together as a group, often times, in honor or in memory of an individual. Teams must have at least 5 swimmers and raise at least $5,000 - each additional member must raise $500. A swimmer may be part of a team, no matter in which venue they elect to swim. 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:

Sound water temperatures can vary. Wetsuits are not mandatory, but strongly recommended. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

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 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.

Waiver:

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-LIS 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!

Fundraising is not required but we encourage all SAA My Way participants to set a minimum fundraising goal of $250!

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 Tony Sibio.

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.

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
PO Box 217
Larchmont, NY 10538

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

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.

Waiver:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

EVENT DAY, LOGISTICS & COURSE MAP

Arrival Times

  • Kayakers - arrive promptly at 6:00 am (earlier than usual at Larchmont Yacht Club) to load kayaks to avoid water traffic.
  • Volunteers (Yacht Club) - arrive between 5:00 and 5:30 am. Please park diagonal on Larchmont Ave.
  • Volunteers (Shore Club) - arrive based on your volunteer schedule. Park on street outside. There is a courtesy shuttle that goes between both clubs.
  • Swimmers - 6:00-6:45 am
  • ***Please note: Registration closes at 7:00 AM. All swimmers must be present for safety talk at 7:00 AM to participate.

Course Map

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Logistics

Click here for an in-depth description of the swim logistics.

Water Temperature

Water temperature in the Sound is traditionally in the 76-78 degree range on the date of our swim.

Transportation and Parking

For those arriving by train, a car will be at the Larchmont Train Station to provide swimmer transportation to LYC. Buses will provide transportation be available between both clubs to and the train station.

Parking is limited at both Larchmont Clubs. It is recommended that all non-swimmers attending the Larchmont Clubs park at the Larchmont Train Station - NYC South bound Side. Buses will be provided for free transportation to the Larchmont Clubs and back.

Larchmont Yacht Club
1 Woodbine Ave.
Larchmont, NY

Larchmont Shore Club
1 Oak Bluff Ave.
Larchmont NY.

Schedule

Check-in at Larchmont Yacht Club Pandemonium: 5:45 am to 6:45 am. Please come early. Complimentary continental breakfast is served.

  • For safety purposes, if you do not sign in, you can't swim. Period. If you swim without signing in, you will never swim at this event again.
  • Swim bags - bring them as you walk from the Pandemonium to the Junior Club House towards the work docks, please load your own bag onto our truck; we will transfer it to the finish area at the Shore Club.

5K Swimmers - once directed, proceed from LYC front lawn assembly to dock

  • At 7:30, groups of 30 will enter the water in two-minute intervals.
  • Swim out through the boat channel - your course will be clearly marked with inflatables and stationary kayaks.
  • Swim near to the end of the breakwater to a turning mark, turn right, swim along a clearly marked path outside the 'Hens and Chickens' rocks, turn right again.
  • Swim toward Larchmont Shore Club, looking for the tear drop SAA signs and welcome tunnel.
  • You will be assisted by our welcome team as you come out of the water.

2K Swimmers - once directed, proceed from LYC front lawn assembly to dock

  • At 8:00, groups of 30 will enter the water in two-minute intervals.
  • There is a large turning mark at the end of the mooring field where you will turn right, proceeding to Larchmont Shore Club, your course clearly marked with inflatables and stationary kayaks.
  • As you swim towards Larchmont Shore Club, look for the SAA tear drop signs and welcome tunnel.
  • You will be assisted by our welcome team as you come out of the water.

Boat and Kayak support are lined up to keep you on course and keep you safe.

  • Spot your support. Know where your closest kayaker is located, just in case you need assistance. Take off your cap and wave it in the air, and a boater or kayaker will tend to your needs.
  • Listen to the safety staff. Listen to kayakers, boaters or safety directors. They will keep you on course. To keep the swim moving, they might pick you up completely or move you forward.
  • If you do not follow the safety staff directions, you might not be able to participate in future swims.

Check-Out: all swimmers MUST check out. This is a mandatory safety regulation! Whether you finish the swim or not, you need to check out!

Brunch: Provided post swim for each swimmer, boater, kayaker & land volunteer. Brunch tickets may be purchased for guests. Teams are recognized during the brunch. A facsimile check is presented to the beneficiaries.  Shower and changing facilities provided at Larchmont Shore Club.

Awards Ceremony: After swimmers cross the finish line, enjoy our beneficiary recognition, watch the check presentation ceremony and enjoy brunch with family and friends.

We are really excited about this year’s event and we hope you can join us in our enthusiasm and help in the fight against cancer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our safety team:

Tim Regan at 914-830-1668 or Steve Newman at 914-260-3412.

POOL SWIMS

NYAC Travers Island Pool Swim

New York Athletic Club - Travers Island
Date: TBA 2021

Westchester Country Club Pool Swim

Westchester Country Club
Date: TBA 2021

Orienta Beach Club Pool Swim

Orienta Beach Club
Date: TBA 2021

Lakeside Field Club Pool Swim

Lakeside Field Club
Date: TBA 2021

Coveleigh Club Pool Swim

Coveleigh Club
Date: TBA 2021

Chappaqua S&T Club Pool Swim

Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Club
Date: TBA 2021

Lake Isle Club Pool Swim

Lake Isle Club
Date: TBA 2021

Start A Pool Swim

Interested in raising money for SAA - Long Island Sound, 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. Contact Tony Sibio by email or by phone at (914) 319-2970 to learn more!

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Interested in being a SAA - Long Island Sound sponsor?

Sponsors who support Swim Across America are the backbone of our events and we offer a number of opportunities to get involved. You may choose to honor or remember a swimmer, advertise your business, or honor the swim itself. Swim Across America is a qualified 501(c)(3) organization, and donations are tax deductible as allowable by law.

Click here to view our Event Sponsorship Levels

Click here to view our Journal Sponsorship Contract

SAA - LONG ISLAND SOUND HISTORY

The Long Island Sound Swim started in Larchmont, New York in 1992 at the Larchmont Yacht Club with a 4-mile swim. It was, and still is, dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Kathy Webers, who along with family and friends courageously battled cancer for over a year. Our first year we had 17 swimmers and raised $15,000.

1994: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NYC) renamed one of its highest priority labs in honor of Swim Across America. It was also the first year that the swim's course ended at the Larchmont Shore Club, where a celebratory brunch was held.

1996: Without a swim in 1996, the LIS Committee reformed; in addition to the 4-mile swim added the 1- mile swim. Cancer Support Team and Children's Hospital of New York-Presbyterian at Columbia University Medical Center were added as additional beneficiaries.

1999: The Orienta Beach Club Pool 1/2 and 1-mile swims were added to provide for a less intense swim option to those who wanted to participate and support LIS events.

2003: A 6 mile swim was added to our open water swim for those who wanted to raise the bar on their swimming and fundraising capabilities.

2005: NYAC Travers Island Pool Swim was added to our events and we broke the $1 million fundraising mark.

2011: The Swim Across America lab at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center announced their development of an FDA-approved revolutionary new drug to treat advanced skin cancer. We added more pool swims, introduced the "pool crawl" and raised over $1,245,000.

2017: Marked our 25th year raising money to fight cancer through research and patient care.

2021: We will celebrate our 29th year of fighting cancer in the Long Island Sound.

Click here to view the SAA - Long Island Sound archive of photos, videos and flyers.

VIDEOS

Please watch our '2020 SAA-Long Island Sound Celebration Video' here!

2019 SAA-LIS Video

2019 Kickoff Video:

 

CONTACT US

If you have any questions about SAA - Long Island Sound, please contact Tony Sibio.

The 2019 SAA - Long Island Sound poster is available for download!

 

 

EVENT SPONSORS

 

National Partners