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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Rhode Island Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages are invited to take part in our annual event on beautiful Roger Wheeler Beach in Narragansett, Rhode Island.


Welcome to the SAA - Rhode Island Open Water Swim. The fundraising swim includes swimmers of all ages and skill levels and benefits cancer research, prevention and treatment at Women & Infants Hospital. In 2019, we raised more than $230,000 for Women & Infants. We hope to make 2020 even bigger and better and we invite you to join us as we "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."

Join our 1/2 mile or 1 mile open water swim in the beautiful Narragansett Bay at Roger Wheeler Beach. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are welcome!

If you have any questions about SAA - Rhode Island, please contact Doug Sayles.

This benefit swim has sold out the last three years. Register early to ensure your spot!


General Fundraising Requirement:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $250 by event day.

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 either of the 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 a 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 members are still required to meet the general fundraising minimum of $250.

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.0 Mile

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 June 12th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between June 13th and August 7th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between August 9th 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.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

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.


Schedule is tentative and subject to change

8:00 – 9:30 am: Registration on the beach

9:30 am: Swimmer Briefing & Photo

9:40 am: National Anthem

9:45 am: Pre-Celebration Ceremony

10:15 am: Swim begins with waves taking off approximately every three minutes


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
c/o Douglas Sayles
5 Rowland Rd
Newport RI 02840

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


Roger Wheeler Park

The Rhode Island Swim will take place in Narragansett Bay in Roger Wheeler Park. 100 Sand Hill Cove Road, Narragansett, RI - about 50 minutes from Providence.

The Course

New RI course map


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 the waiver found here.


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


SAA-Rhode Island is fortunate to have a wonderful team of Olympians who attend and have been apart of 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.



100 Sand Hill Cove Road
Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882


From Providence:

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.




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