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Welcome to the Nassau-Suffolk County benefit swim chapter of Swim Across America.
Since our start in 2001, SAA - Nassau/Suffolk events have raised over $10 million in support of our beneficiaries.
We hope you'll join us in open water in Glen Cove this August or in one of the pool swims all over Nassau and Suffolk counties this summer to "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."

Thank you for making our 2021 swim a success! Check out our 2021 Celebration to discover your local impact! You can still register as a virtual SAA My Way participant and fundraise to support local cancer research this year.

5:30 to 7:00 AM: Check-in (depending on swim)
6:45-7:15 AM: Pre-Swim Ceremony
See Full SCHEDULE for Swim Start Times
Pryibil Beach
Glen Cove, NY 11542
Swim Options
.5 mile, 1 mile, 5K
10K (two options - See SCHEDULE)
SAA My Way (Virtual)
.5 mile: $250
1 mile: $500 (adults), $250 (<18)
5K: $1,000 and 10K: $5,000
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Feinstein Institute of North Shore, and MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital, SHARE Cancer Support

The 2021 SAA-Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island Program is available below:

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Sound to Cove Open Water Swim! Established in 2001, SAA - Sound to Cove has raised over $10 million to our beneficiaries: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Feinstein Institute of North Shore and the University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Nassau-Suffolk.

Each year we are proud to host over 250 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 21st annual swim on August 7th at Prybil 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."

Download and view the 2021 Swimmer Safety Packet.

Swim Across America is dedicated to providing a safe return to events in 2021.


Proceeds from the swim support immunotherapy research at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, lung cancer clinical trials at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, pediatric brain cancer research at the Feinstein Institute of North Shore and pediatric oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital.

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

The goal of the Swim Across America laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is to develop new approaches to cancer treatment through stimulating the immune system to attack cancer cells. Results from our laboratory are the basis of ongoing clinical trials at MSKCC in patients with melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and lymphoma. The lab has been one of the most successful in the world at moving lab discoveries into the clinic. The SAA lab was instrumental in the development of the first Melanoma US FDA-approved drug in 13 years.

We have been funding the important non small cell lung cancer research of Rafaella Sordella, PhD since 2008 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Her lab has been able to identify a subpopulation of cells that are intrinsically resistant to both conventional and targeted therapies and are more metastatic. At the molecular level they have determined that increased activation of the TGF-beta-IL-6 axis is driving all these phenotypes. Important drugs targeting teh IL-6 signaling pathway are currently available. They are now focused on seeking to understand the efficacy of these drugs in a pre-clinical model, that will hopefully lead to the development of new lung cancer clinical trials.

In 2011 we began assisting in the funding of a pediatric brain cancer project directed by Marc Symons, PhD at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of North Shore. Current therapies for the most common malignant childhood brain tumor, medulloblastoma in particular radiation therapy have long term side effects, including marked nerocognitive difficulties. Marc's lab has initiated a program to identify medulloblastoma radio-resistance genes and characterize their functions. Hopefully the identified radio-resistance genes will provide us with new drug targets for the development of more effective therapies for medulloblastoma.

Swim Across America has been funding the 'Stacey Leondis Fellowship' - research into the development of a targeted therapy for osteosarcoma, an adolescent bone cancer supervised by Dr. Richard Gorlick at Children's Hospital at Montefiore, since 2006. SAA-Nassau-Suffolk will continue funding Dr. Gorlick's research now that he is the division head and department chair of Pediatrics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.


General Fundraising Requirements:

  • 1/2 mile swimmers: $250 minimum
  • 1 mile swimmers: $500 minimum for adults, $250 minimum for those under 18
  • 5k swimmers: $1,000 minimum
  • 10k swimmers (2 Options - see below): $5,000 minimum

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 village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag.

10K Swim Options for 2021:

Your 10K swim options this year include doing the 6x 1 Mile course on 8/7 at Pryibil Beach or swimming on 7/31 at the SAA-Larchmont Event - Please send note to to discuss.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many work colleagues and college alumni will form teams to join forces in the fight against cancer. We have many teams formed by friends and family in honor or memory of a loved one. All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America.

We welcome all Teams of ANY Size. 2 people and up!

  • If a team raises $2500 or more, then the team will get formal recognition in Nassau/Suffolk Long Island Journal and at the event.
  • If a team raises $5000 or more, then the team will also receive a Full page Team Recognition in the Nassau/Suffolk Long Island Journal, and a Team Banner and Plaque at the Swim Event

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 5K
  • 10K
  • Kid's Splash

Registration Self Donation:

Kickstart your fundraising and let your supporters know you are personally committed to the mission of SAA. The registration self donation will be will be credited towards each swimmer's fundraising minimum. The minimum self donation amount will change as follows:

  • Register before July 1st with a minimum donation of $25
  • Register between July 2nd and event day for a minimum donation of $50

Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits. Minimum donation required for event day registration is the selected event distance fundraising minimum.

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

Water temperature can vary. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Online Rental: 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.


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.

Swimmer Safety Packet:

The 2021 Swimmer Safety Packet is now live!



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-Sound to Cove 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

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 our Volunteer Coordinator NAME & EMAIL.


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
734 Franklin Ave #301
Garden City, NY 11530

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


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.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete this waiver to participate.

2021 Swimmer Safety Packet is now live!

Download and view the 2021 Swimmer Safety Packet.


Schedule is tentative and subject to change

STC Timeline - Updated for 2021
10K, 5K, 1 Mile, 0.5 Mile Swims Start on the Pryibil Beach Beach

5:30 - 7:00 AM: Pryibil Beach Pavilion - SAA Village Registration/Check-In
- Volunteers Please arrive by 5:30 AM to Check-in and be ready for Swimmer Arrival
- Swimmers Arrive at 6AM to Check-In

6:00 AM: Land Volunteer Meeting and Assignments (Pryibil Beach Pavilion Area)

6:30AM: Mandatory ALL Water Safety Meeting (Pryibil Park Beach, Finish Arch) - Water Volunteers, Lifeguards, 1st Responders, Kayakers, Angel Swimmers

6:45 AM: Gather for Pre-Swim Program: National Anthem (Pryibil Beach)

6:50 - 7:15 AM: Pre-Swim Ceremony

7:15 AM: 5K Swim Briefing (Pryibil Beach)

7:30 AM: 5K Swim Start (Pryibil Beach)

7:45 AM: 1-Mile Swim Briefing (Pryibil Beach)

8:00 AM: 1-Mile Swim Start (Pryibil Beach)

8:15 AM: 0.5-Mile Swim Briefing (Pryibil Beach)

8:30 AM: 0.5-Mile Swim Start (Pryibil Beach)

10:00 AM: ALL Swimmers Out of Water



Prybil Beach
Glen Cove, NY 11542


Interested in being a SAA - Nassau-Suffolk Sponsor?

If you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please review this Sponsorship Guide or email us.


If you'd like to get involved, but aren't quite ready to jump in the open water, come to one of our public pool events where you can swim at your own pace and select your own distance. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Nassau County Aquatic Center Pool Swim

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: TBA 2021

Lynbrook Pool Swim

Lynbrook Pool
Date: July 30, 2021

Life Time Pool Swim

Life Time Fitness Center
Date: TBA 2021


Many of our local clubs and teams provide pool swims for their members and their guests. Feel free to contact us for more information.

Mid Island Y JCC Dolphins Swim

Mid Island Y JCC
Date: TBA 2021

Centerport Yacht Club Swim

Centerport Yacht Club
Date: July 15, 2021

HYB Pool Swim

Huntington YMCA
Date: TBA 2021

Long Island Swimming Pool Swim

Long Island Aquatic Center
Date: TBA 2021

Garden City Pool Swim

Garden City Pool
Date: TBA 2021

North Hempstead Country Club

North Hempstead Country Club
Date: July 31, 2021

Rockville Pool Swim

Rockville Pool
Date: July 26, 2021

Plandome Pool Swim

Plandome Pool
Date: TBA 2021

Silver Point Beach Club Pool Swim

Silver Point Beach Club
Date: TBA 2021A

Harborfields Pool Swim

Harborfields Pool
Date: August 27, 2021

South Side Pool Swim

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: TBA 2021

Syosset Pool Swim

Syosset Pool
Date: TBA 2021

Team Suffolk Pool Swim

Team Suffolk Pool
Date: TBA 2021

St. Agnes CYO Pool Swim

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: TBA 2021


Please watch our '2020 SAA-Sound to Cove Celebration Video' here!



If you have any questions about SAA - Sound to Cove, please contact Kevin Shine.

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