Welcome to the Swim Across America - Rhode Island Open Water Swim.
Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our annual event at beautiful Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Rhode Island Open Water Swim! Established in 2010, SAA-RI has raised nearly $2 million to fund cancer research at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
Each year our Rhode Island charity swim attracts over 600 swimmers and volunteers (including Olympians) who support our cause. Join us for our 13th annual swim on September 10th at scenic Roger Wheeler State Beach.
This popular event regularly sells out, so register early to secure your spot!
Whether you swim or volunteer at our live event or fundraise via SAA My Way, thank you for contributing and "Making Waves to Fight Cancer."
All swimmers must raise at least $250 by event day.
WaveMakers go above and beyond the call of duty by raising at least $1,000. Anyone ― swimmers, volunteers, SAA My Way participants ― can achieve WaveMaker status, regardless of their age. WaveMakers receive special recognition and an exclusive WM gift on event day. Learn more about WaveMaker Status here.
Registered SAA-RI swimmers and volunteers and SAA My Way participants may elect to fundraise as part of a team or without a team affiliation. Masters, age-group, high school, and college teammates and alumni often form fundraising teams. Work colleagues, friends, and family also form teams in honor or memory of a loved one.
We ask swimmers to kickstart your fundraising by letting your supporters know that you are personally committed to the mission of SAA. The registration self-donation is a 100% tax deductible donation credited towards your fundraising minimum. The minimum registration self-donation amount will change as follows:
This popular benefit swim regularly sells out. Register early to secure your spot!
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
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.
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-Rhode Island 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 SAA-RI 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, helping ensure our events run smoothly from beginning to end. So even if you aren’t a swimmer, you can still help us fight against cancer as a volunteer. Don’t forget, volunteers can also 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, including set up, swimmer check-in and check-out, finish line support, hospitality, post-swim festivities and clean up.
SAA-RI’s volunteer and paid water safety personnel monitor the swimmers and course, communicate any issues to event officials, and respond appropriately if/as needed. Our primary needs include experienced surf-certified lifeguards, veteran open-water swimmers to serve as “swim angels,” and power boat operators to protect the swim course’s outer perimeter. We are not currently seeking uncertified recreational kayakers or paddleboarders for this event.
If you are a first time participant or just need some fundraising tips, click here for directions on using the participant center, emailing donors, sharing on social media and downloading 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 $1,000. Anyone ― swimmers, volunteers, SAA My Way participants ― can achieve WaveMaker status. WaveMakers get special recognition and an exclusive WM gift on event day. Learn more about WaveMaker Status here. 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 Douglas Sayles
270 Bellevue Ave., #1069
Newport RI 02840
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 the waiver found here.
Schedule is tentative and subject to change
8:00 9:15 am: Swimmer check-in in the parking lot
9:30 am: Pre-swim ceremony
10:00 am: Instructions / Swimmer Briefing
10:15 am: Swim begins, waves starting every few minutes
10:30 am: Lunch opens for swimmers & volunteers
11:50 am: Post-swim beach party with DJ entertainment
The Rhode Island Swim will take place at scenic Roger Wheeler State Beach in beautiful Narragansett, Rhode Island, approximately 50 minutes south of Providence.
100 Sand Hill Cove Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882
Take Interstate Rte. 95 South, to Rte. 4 South, to Rte.1 South, to Rte. 108 South, follow signs to Roger W. Wheeler State Beach.
SAA-Rhode Island is fortunate to have a wonderful team of Olympians who support and attend our events year after year.
Craig Beardsley (1980) - Represented Team USA at the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in the 200M butterfly and held the world record for three years. Beardsley was a two-time NCAA champion in the 200M butterfly and received eight All-American honors while swimming for the Florida Gators.
Elizabeth Beisel (2008, 2012, 2016) - Beisel has won a total of nine medals in major international competition for Team USA including a silver and a bronze in the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Beisel won the NCAA individual championships in the 200-yard backstroke (2012) and the 400IM (2013) and received eighteen All-American honors for the Florida Gators.
Alex Meyer (2012) - Represented Team USA in the 10-kilometer open water swimming event at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Meyer was a two-time All-Ivy League swimmer at Harvard University.
Clara Walker LaMore (1948) - Represented the United States at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. Walker was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995.
If you have any questions about SAA - Rhode Island, please contact Doug Sayles.
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