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.
Proceeds from the swim will support gynecological and breast cancer research at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island.
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Rhode Island Open Water Swim! Established in 2010, SAA - Rhode Island has donated over $1 million to our beneficiary: Women and Infants Hospital Rhode Island. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Rhode Island.
Each year we are proud to host over 600 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far at our charity swim. We are so excited to have you join us for our 12th annual swim on September 11th at Roger Wheeler Beach!
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."
Swim Across America is dedicated to providing a safe return to events in 2021.
All swimmers must raise raise at least $250 by event day.
WaveMakers go above and beyond the call of duty by raising at least $1,000 regardless of your age. 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.
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.
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:
This benefit swim has sold out the last three years. Register early to ensure your spot!
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.
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 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 power 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.
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.
Be a WaveMaker by taking your fundraising to the next level and raising $1000! 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 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
9:30 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
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.
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 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.
If you have any questions about SAA - Rhode Island, please contact Doug Sayles.