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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."


Welcome to the annual Swim Across America - Sound to Cove Open Water Swim. Whether you are a returning swimmer or looking to do your first Open Water swim, we welcome you to our Swim Across America family! Choose a 0.5 mile, 1 mile, 5K, 10K or Kid's Splash swim in Long Island Sound finishing on the beach at beautiful Prybil Beach in the City of Glen Cove, NY.

All swimmers raise money to support the cause, and those who feel particularly motivated to raise even more, can register as WaveMaker Swimmers. We welcome you to help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer!"


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)


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: $5,000 minimum
  • Family Fun Swim: $100 minimum, $50 for 10 & Unders

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.

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.

Select Your Team Fundraising Level:

SAA offers two different Team fundraising levels. By raising more funds, you'll receive more benefits!


  • Swim Event T-Shirt
  • Special recognition on event day
  • Listing in the Nassau/Suffolk Journal

$5,0 00

  • Team Banner at Swim Event
  • Swim Event T-Shirt
  • Team Plaque award on event day
  • Full page Team Recognition in the Nassau/Suffolk Journal

Distance Options:

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

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 May 9th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between May 10th and June 27th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between June 28th and event day with a registration fee of $100

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:

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 10% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAA10.


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:

2020 Swimmer Safety Packet Coming Soon!



Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Note: 5K, 1 Mile, 0.5Mile and Kid's Splash Swims Start at Prybil Beach, Glen Cove

4:15 am: 10k Swimmers/Boaters/Kayakers Arrive Glen Cove Yacht Club (GCYC) Dock

10K swimmers should arrive in Glen Cove in the AM; they will take boat over to Larchmont for the swim back to Glen Cove

4:40 am: 10K Mandatory Swimmer Briefing (On Dock prior to boarding Boat to Larchmont)

5:00 am: 10K Group Leaves GCYC Dock - Boat to Larchmont for Swim Start

6:00 am: Land Volunteer Meeting and Assignments (Prybil Beach Stage Area)

6:00-7:00 am: Registration (Stage Area) - Swimmers need to Register 1 Hour Prior to their swim start (see below)

6:00 am: 10K Swim Start - Larchmont, N.Y. back to Glen Cove

6:00 am: 5K / 1 Mile / .5 Mile Kayakers Arrive at GCYC Dock

7:00 am: Mandatory ALL Water Safety Meeting (Prybil Beach) - Volunteers, Lifeguards, 1st Responders

7:15 am: 5K Swim Briefing (Prybil Beach)

7:30 am: 5K Swim Start (Prybil Beach)

7:35 am: 0.5-Mile and 1-Mile Kayaker Meeting (Prybil Beach)

7:50 am: National Anthem (Prybil Beach)

8:00 am: 1-Mile Swim Briefing (Prybil Beach)

8:15 am: 1-Mile Swim Start (Prybil Beach)

8:20 am: 0.5-Mile Swim Briefing (Prybil Beach)

8:30 am: 0.5-Mile Swim Start (Prybil Beach)

8:45 am: Kids’ Swim Splash! (Prybil Beach)

10:00 am: ALL Swimmers Out of Water

10:30 - 11:30 am: Post-Swim Ceremony and Brunch (Prybil Beach)


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete this waiver to participate.

2019 Swimmer Safety Packet:

Here's the 2019 Swimmer Safety Packet.


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



Prybil Beach
Glen Cove, NY 11542


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

Lynbrook Pool Swim

Lynbrook Pool
Date: TBA

Life Time Pool Swim

Life Time Fitness Center
Date: TBA


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: January 19, 2020

Centerport and Huntington Yacht Club Swim

Centerport Yacht Club
Date: TBA

HYB Pool Swim

Huntington YMCA
Date: TBA

Long Island Swimming Pool Swim

Long Island Aquatic Center
Date: TBA

Garden City Pool Swim

Garden City Pool
Date: TBA

North Hempstead Country Club

North Hempstead Country Club
Date: TBA

Rockville Pool Swim

Rockville Pool
Date: TBA

Plandome Pool Swim

Plandome Pool
Date: TBA

Silver Point Beach Club Pool Swim

Silver Point Beach Club
Date: TBA

Harborfields and Smithtown Pool Swim

Harborfields Pool
Date: TBA

South Side Pool Swim

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: TBA

Syosset Pool Swim

Syosset Pool
Date: TBA

Team Suffolk Pool Swim

Team Suffolk Pool
Date: TBA

St. Agnes CYO Pool Swim

Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: TBA

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