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.
Thank you for making our 2021 swim a success! You can still register as a virtual SAA My Way participant and fundraise to support local cancer research this year.
Registrations: 768 Goal: 230000
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Rhode Island Open Water Swim! Established in 2010, SAA - RI has raised over $1 million to fund cancer research at Women and Infants Hospital Rhode Island.
Each year our Rhode Island charity swim attracts over 600 swimmers, volunteers and supporters, including Olympians who support our cause. Join us for our 12th annual swim on September 11th at scenic Roger Wheeler Beach. This popular event regulary sells out, so register early to secure your spot!
Whether you are a veteran swimmer or doing your first open water swim, we welcome you to help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer."
Swim Across America is dedicated to providing a safe return to events in 2021.
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.
A person may elect to swim as part of a team or without team affiliation. 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.
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, finish line support, hospitality, post-swim festivities and clean up.
Water volunteers - including kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and power boaters - provide crucial logistical and safety support. These volunteers monitor the swim lane and swimmers and communicate any issues to our event officials.
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.
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.
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 changes.
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 – 9:30 am: Registration on the beach
9:40 am: National Anthem
9:45 am: Pre-Swim Celebration Ceremony
10:05 am: Instructions / Swimmer Briefing
10:15 am: Swim begins with waves taking off approximately every three minutes
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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