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 $10.5 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."
Registrations: 15 Goal: 500000
2022 SAA-Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island program coming soon. You can find the 2021 SAA-Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island Program below:
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Sound to Cove Open Water Swim! Established in 2001, SAA - Long Island has raised over $10.5 million for our beneficiaries: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Feinstein Institute of Northwell Health, the University of Texas MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital (The Stacey Leondis Fellowship) and SHARE Cancer Support. Thank you for your support of cancer care here in Nassau-Suffolk counties, Long Island, NY!
Each year we are proud to host over 250 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far at our Open Water charity swim. We are so excited to have you join us for our 22nd annual swim on July 31st at Pryibil Beach! And if Open Water is not your option choice, please see our Public and Club Pool swims below, or choose your own activity and support SAA as an SAA-My-Way participant. It's up to you, and we welcome all types of participation in support of our cancer research and support programs!
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."
2022 Swimmer Safety Packet coming soon. Download and view the 2021 Swimmer Safety Packet.
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.
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.
We will have a 10 K / 6.1 Mile cross sound options from Larchmont to Pryibil Beach in Glen Cove. Boat over to Larchmont in the AM; Boat leaves at 5 AM, Swim starts Approx 6AM on Larchmont Shore Club Pier
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!
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.
Water temperature can vary. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.
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.
2022 Swimmer Safety Packet coming soon! You can find the 2021 Swimmer Safety Packet below.
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 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 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
c/o Kevin Shine
165 Weyford Terrace,
Garden City, NY 11530
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 updates for 2022.
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.
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
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
Life Time Fitness Center
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
Centerport Yacht Club
Long Island Aquatic Center
Garden City Pool
North Hempstead Country Club
Silver Point Beach Club
Nassau County Aquatic Center
Team Suffolk Pool
Nassau County Aquatic Center
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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