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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.


Even in these uncertain times, we can continue making waves to fight cancer. As we navigate COVID-19, we've created a special webpage for event updates, helpful information and ways you can continue to support the mission of Swim Across America.

Swim Across America is proud to host our 11th Annual Rhode Island Open Water Swim on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. This fundraising event directly benefits cancer research, prevention and treatment at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. In 2019 we raised over $230,000, the benchmark we hope to surpass in 2020.

We invite you to join new and returning swimmers of all ages and skill levels for a 0.5 mile or 1.0 mile ocean swim at scenic Roger Wheeler State Beach in the Town of Narragansett. Located between Point Judith and the Block Island Ferry, this popular venue is protected from Block Island Sound by an extensive breakwater barrier.

You may also help “Make Waves to Fight Cancer” by registering as a SAA-RI land or water volunteer or by making a financial donation. Every contribution matters.

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!


Fundraising Requirement:

All swimmers must raise raise at least $250 by event day.

WaveMaker Swimmer: $1,000 minimum

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers who raise at least $1,000. WaveMakers receive an exclusive WM gift and access to WM Village perks and swag on event day.

Swim as an Individual or on a Team

A person may elect to swim alone or be a part of a team. Work colleagues, high schools, and college alumni often form teams. Friends and family may form teams in honor or memory of a loved one. Each team member must meet the $250 individual fundraising minimum.

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.0 Mile

Registration Self-Donation:

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:

  • 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

**For the remainder of the 2020 event season minimum self-donations will remain at $50 until event day.

Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! On-site registration may be available on event day 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 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.


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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