"Make Waves to Fight Cancer" with us at the inaugural Swim Across America - Los Angeles Open Water Swim being held on October 9th, 2021 at Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach. The event will benefit local cancer research and clinical trials at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Registration will open soon! If you are interested in SAA LA updates or being involved in the SAA - Los Angeles planning committee, please email Megan Melgaard.
The inaugural SAA-LA will benefit cancer research and clinical trials at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Los Angeles Open Water Swim! Established in 2020, SAA - Los Angeles has raised over $45,000 for our beneficiary: UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Los Angeles.
We are honored to host our first charity swim involving many swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far. We are so excited to have you join us for our inaugural swim on October 9th at Redondo Beach!
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.
All swimmers are required to raise at least $400 by event day. Swimmers under 18 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 register as an individual, or be part of a team. Many colleges, high schools, 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.
A 0.5-mile and 1-mile course will be available for swimmers to complete as many laps* as they would like in 2 hours. For example, you may swim 0.5-mile in total and choose to celebrate the rest of the day on the beach, or for those elite swimmers, complete as much as 6 miles within the 2 hour timeframe on the 1-mile course. NOTE: Swimmers will exit the water after each loop for accountability purposes.
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.
Participants ages 12 and under who would like to sign up are required to obtain a letter from their personal accredited coach (USA Swimming, ASCA, etc) verifying the swimmer is capable of swimming the chosen distance in open water.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver that will be found HERE. Please bring it with you to the event and provide at check in.
Every swimmer must wear the SAA colored cap given to them at the registration for their designated event. You may not switch caps for a different color, for safety purposes.
Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.
For those people who are less experienced swimming in open water, we have "swim angels" who are willing to swim alongside you for encouragement. These people are experienced open water swimmers who are more than happy to encourage you, keep an eye on you and support you during your swim.
If you would like to be an angel swimmer, or would like to have one assigned to you, please contact Megan Melgaard
Check back soon for the 2021 SAA-LOS ANGELES SWIMMER PACKET.
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-Los Angeles 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.
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
8508 Park Road
Charlotte, NC 28210
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.
6:30am: Registration Opens at Veterans Park
7:30am: Registration Closes
7:30am: Opening Ceremony
8:00am: Swim Begins
10:00am: Course Closes
10:00am: Celebration to follow. Family and friends welcome!
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Details about Veterans Park can be found here.
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SAA - Los Angeles is lucky to have these wonderful Olympians expected to attend our swim in 2021:
We are expecting more Olympians to be added soon!
Please watch our '2020 SAA-Los Angeles Celebration Video' on our Facebook Page!
If you have any questions about SAA - Los Angeles, please contact Megan Melgaard.