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 $12 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."
Collectively, throughout the 2024 season, we have raised blank through our local pool swims and our open water swim.
Registrations: 8 Goal: 850000
2023 SAA-Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island program coming soon. You can find the 2022 SAA-Nassau-Suffolk, Long Island Program below:
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Sound to Cove Open Water Swim! Established in 2001, SAA - Nassau / Suffolk Long Island has raised over $12 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 24th annual swim on August 3 at Pryibil Beach! If Open Water is not your preferred 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."
For reference, review the 2023 Swimmer Safety Packet before our event.
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. Learn more about WaveMakers here.
This year the 10K / 6.1 Mile option will take place at Pryibil Beach in Glen Cove. Participants will complete 6 loops of the 1 mile swim course. Swim cutoff time for the 10K is 3.5 hours.
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!
For those who are hesitant about swimming in open water, we are happy to provide an “angel swimmer” to swim the course alongside you. Angel swimmers are experienced open water swimmers who encourage you, keep an eye on you and support you during your swim. If you think you may benefit from having an angel swimmer, please respond yes to the question presented in online registration. You may also reach out to Kevin Shine to answer any questions.
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 Wetsuit Purchase: Orca is an SAA wetsuit partner offering a 20% discount on all Orca purchases with code SAA20
Online Wetsuit Rental: Kit Lender is offering a 10% discount off any Wetsuit or Kit rental. Wetsuit rentals start at just $42/event. Orders placed at least 7 days in advance include free roundtrip shipping. Orders can typically be placed up to 2 days before the event. Get started HERE.
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.
The 2024 Swimmer Packet will be distributed approximately five days before our event. For reference, review the 2023 Swimmer Packet below.
Proceeds from the swim support immunotherapy research at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, immunotherapy research and clinical trials at the Swim Across America Laboratory at Weill Cornell 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.
Special thank you to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for hosting a panel discussion with with the young investigators whose groundbreaking research is funded by SAA grants. Watch the full video and learn more about your impact 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.
The Swim Across Research Laboratory at Weill Cornell Cancer Center, led by Dr. Taha Merghoub, conducts immunotherapy research and clinical trials.
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.
Read the full 2023 SAA-Nassau-Suffolk Impact Report here.
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. 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.
Angel Swimmers are experienced open water swimmers who are willing to accompany a nervous swimmer throughout the course. Angel swimmers must be able to swim all distances and help out if the swimmer needs. To register as an angel swimmer, choose “volunteer” and then select Angel Swimmer. The local planning team will have final approval of angel swimmers.
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.
NEW! Watch these instructional videos to learn how to register, update your participant center, connect to Facebook and more!
Be a WaveMaker by taking your fundraising to the next level and raising $1,000! 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.
Participant safety is 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 the waiver found here.
If you have questions about our policies regarding inclement weather, swim equipment or wetsuits, please consult our Policies page.
2024 SAA-Nassau/Suffolk Event Schedule TBA
SOUND TO COVE (GLEN COVE, NY) - Pryibil Beach, Glen Cove, Long Island
Sunday - July 30, 2023
Sound-To-Cove (STC) EVENT DAY TIMELINE
Schedule is tentative and subject to change.
STC Timeline - Updated for 2023
5K, 1 Mile, 0.5 Mile Swims Start on the Pryibil Beach Beach
5:00 - 7:00 AM: Pryibil Beach Pavilion - SAA Village Registration/Check-In
-5:00 AM Safety Team arrive / 5:30 AM Volunteers arrive - Check-in & ready for Swimmer Arrival
-5:45 AM: Water/Land Volunteer Meeting and Assignments (Pryibil Beach Pavilion Area)
Swimmers Arrive at 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM to Check-In
6:30 AM : 10K Swim Briefing (Pryibil Beach)
6:45 AM : 10K Swim Start (Pryibil Beach) - With Kayaker and Jetski with 2 Operators
7:00 AM: MANDATORY FOR ALL: Water Safety Meeting (Pryibil Park Beach, Finish Arch)
-Water Volunteers, Lifeguards, 1st Responders, Kayakers, Angel Swimmers
7:15 AM: ALL Gather for Pre-Swim Program - National Anthem (Pryibil Beach)
7:30 AM: 5K Swim Briefing (Pryibil Beach)
7:45 AM: 5K Swim Start (Pryibil Beach)
8:15 AM: 1-Mile Swim Briefing (Pryibil Beach)
8:30 AM: 1-Mile Swim Start (Pryibil Beach)
8:35 AM: 0.5-Mile Swim Briefing (Pryibil Beach)
8:50 AM: 0.5-Mile Swim Start (Pryibil Beach)
9:00 AM: Family Fun Swim (9 - 9:30AM)
10:00 AM: ALL Swimmers Out of Water
Brief Program Following Swim
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.
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Date: January 28, 2024
Nassau County Aquatic Center
North Shore Towers Pool
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
Centerport Yacht Club
North Hills Country Club
Garden City Pool
North Hempstead Country Club
Silver Point Beach Club
Nassau County Aquatic Center
Team Suffolk Pool
Nassau County Aquatic Center
Date: February 4, 2024
Here are some recent stories that display the impact members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Nassau/Suffolk-Sound to Cove Community.
If you have any questions about SAA - Sound to Cove, please contact Kevin Shine.
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