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2020 San Francisco Swim: Our most important consideration must always be the health and well-being of all of our participants and volunteers. Because of the number of participants and volunteers who ride the trolley and then are confined on The San Francisco Spirit for an extended period of time, we will not be able to host or reschedule our beloved SF Bay Swim. Stay tuned for an exciting virtual program launching soon for us all to take part in!

As always, all proceeds raised will be included in the Swim Across America - San Francisco Bay Area total and the pediatric cancer programs at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals. Registration and fundraising will remain open so that we can continue to support Drs. Saba and Goldsby, and their patients, staff, and programs.

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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.

We are thrilled to present the 15th Annual Swim Across America - San Francisco Bay Area Swim. Proceeds from the swim will support cancer research and patient recovery at our two local beneficiary programs: UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program. In 2019, thanks to the generosity of our participants, SAA - SF Bay Area gifted $620,000 to these programs.

On September 27th, we meet at Little Marina Green in the City, travel via the wheeled "Cable Car" fleet to Pier 3, and board The San Francisco Spirit for a cruise towards Alcatraz ending just under the Golden Gate Bridge. Once there, swimmers will jump into the Bay and, surrounded by a large fleet of safety boats and kayaks, swim 1.75 miles (we have a .75 option) to Yacht Harbor Beach. Festivities follow at Little Marina Green.

All swimmers should be comfortable swimming in open water in the San Francisco Bay by the September 27th date. We will have training sessions available at Aquatic Park and elsewhere, and recommend that swimmers take advantage of them. Swimmers will be required to wear wetsuits unless given approval by our Safety Co-Director to swim without one.

All swimmers must raise a minimum of $750 to support the cause. Those who feel particularly motivated to raise even more, can register as WaveMaker Swimmers which is a commitment to raise a minimum of $1500. We welcome you increase your fundraising efforts to help us "Make Waves to Fight Cancer!

Swim Across America, Inc. (“SAA”) is a nonprofit corporation recognized by the IRS with federal tax-exempt status as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (Tax ID #22-3248256)

EVENT DETAILS
SWIMMER REQUIREMENTS

General Fundraising Requirement:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $750* by the event day in order to swim.

Remember, this is a fundraising event, and we ask all of our swimmers to put forth a concerted effort to raise money for cancer research. Most swimmers find that it is surprisingly easy to raise money, especially those swimmers who use the website we provide to update their personal page and send emails.

*Swimmers who are 16 years of age or under on September 27 are required to raise a minimum of $500.

Be a WaveMaker Swimmer:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers. All swimmers must raise at least $750, but WaveMakers (WM) go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,500. You can sign up to be a WaveMaker when you register but, even if you don't, you will automatically become one when you hit the $1,500 mark. WaveMakers get exclusive WM swag and access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or be 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. Being a member of a team can be motivating, inspirational and rewarding for everyone involved with Swim Across America. There is a friendly competition among all the teams, which makes it even that much more fun and challenging. All individual team members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $750.

Parking is very limited at and around Little Marina Green, with spaces in the lot between Little Marina Green and Yacht Harbor Beach reserved for kayakers, ambulances, early volunteers, and Cable Cars. We recommend carpooling, cycling, taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc. for all but kayakers. Everyone else must seek out parking wherever it can be found.

Distance Options:

  • .75 Mile
  • 1.75 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 July 1st with a registration fee of $100
  • Register on or after July 1st with a registration fee of $150

**For the remainder of the 2020 event season minimum self-donations will remain at $100 until event day.

Remember that the swim will be capped at 350 swimmers so sign up early!

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

We encourage each and every one of you to wear a wetsuit. Should you not want to wear a wetsuit for any reason, please clear this decision with our Co and Safety Director, Anthony W. DuComb (anthony@swimacrossamerica.org). Only those cleared will be allowed to swim without wetsuit. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Online Rental: WetsuitRental.com 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.

Safety Document and Waiver:

The 2020 Swimmer Document is coming soon. For reference, please read the 2019 Swimmer Safety Document.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Need Swim Training?

You should train in Open Water before your September Swim! Suzie Dods, a world class open water coach, will teach you in Aquatic Park. Contact her at www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com or (415) 531-3374. Melissa Lewis also offers training.

SCHEDULE & COURSE MAP

Tentative Schedule for Swimmers and Volunteers (subject to change)

PARKING IS LIMITED AT LITTLE MARINA GREEN, SO CARPOOLING, CYCLING, TAXI, UBER, WALKING, ETC. IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL BUT KAYAKERS. EVERYONE BUT THE KAYAKERS SHOULD PARK ON CITY STREETS OR NEARBY.

4:00 am: Leadership Team arrives at Little Marina Green, which is located at the corner of Marina Blvd and Scott Street at the East Entrance to Crissy Field.

4:30 am: Volunteers arrive at Little Marina Green

5:00-6:15 am: Swimmer registration at Little Marina Green. All swimmers must have met minimum fundraising standard, sign a waiver or bring downloaded signed waiver, register and be body-marked, and get timing chip.There will be no registration or check-in at the Red and White Fleet San Francisco Spirit at Pier 3! Everyone must report to Little Marina Green first, and the earlier the better as there are 350 of you to register.

5:15 am-6:45 am: Immediately after registration, Cable Car Shuttles will transport swimmers from Little Marina Green to Pier 3. Each shuttle holds a limited number of people, so please plan on departing as soon as you register. Gather with your team and friends at the San Francisco Spirit.

6:30 am: The last shuttle will depart from Little Marina Green. If you miss this shuttle, it is your responsibility to get over to Pier 3 no later than 7:00 am.

5:30-7:00 am: Coffee, bagels, etc. and tattooing of Wavemaker and Rookie Swimmers on the San Francisco Spirit.

7:00 am: Latest time for swimmers to board the San Francisco Spirit

KAYAKERS LAUNCHING AT YACHT HARBOR SHOULD ARRIVE LITTLE MARINA GREEN NO LATER THAN 7:00 AM FOR BRIEFING AND DEPARTURE FOR BRIDGE BY 8:00 AM TO BE AT THE GG BRIDGE BY 8:30-8:45 AM. PARKING WILL BE PROVIDED. DOLPHIN AND SOUTH END CLUB PILOTS, ROWERS AND KAYAKERS WILL LAUNCH FROM AQUATIC PARK IN TIME TO BE AT GG BRIDGE BY 8:30-8:45 AM.

7:15 am: The San Francisco Spirit will depart from Pier 3.

7:30 am: Safety briefing for all swimmers, followed by sharing of stories. The Flower Ceremony will follow, and occur before the jump.

8:45-9:00 am: 1.75 mile swimmers jump from the San Francisco Spirit.

9:15-9:30 am: .75 mile swimmers jump from the San Francisco Spirit.

10:00 am: The San Francisco Spirit will head back to Pier 3. The last swimmers should be exiting bay waters at Yacht Harbor Beach at 10:00-10:15 am. Confirmation all swimmers are accounted for by 10:30 am. Event and WaveMaker T-shirts, as well as SAA towels will be presented at the finish area.

10:30 am: Awards ceremony and event celebration begins.

Noon: Wrap-up and pick up.

Course Map

HOW TO FUNDRAISE

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 Anthony DuComb
1684 8th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

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

SAFETY

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.

Our Safety Director, Anthony DuComb, is responsible for coordinating all activities within the event, and works closely with both the SF Police and U.S. Coast Guard to ensure swimmer safety. We will have the SF Police Department out on the course with us, as well as many safety kayakers and zodiacs to ensure swimmer safety at all times. All boats are able to communicate via both hand held and ship to shore radios. All swimmers are required to follow extremely important and very specific procedures to participate in the event.

These procedures are designed to protect swimmers from injury and will be enforced by the Safety Director and all authorities affiliated with the event. Swimmers are expected to be competent swimmers and able to swim in extremely cold water comfortably. All swimmers are encouraged to wear wetsuits for this event as the water temperature in the Bay is extremely cold. This event is not appropriate for inexperienced or novice swimmers.

Safety Document and Waiver:

The 2020 Swimmer Safety Document is coming soon, for reference please read the entire 2019 Swimmer Safety Document.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Policies:

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

GETTING THERE

Parking is very limited at and around Little Marina Green, with spaces in the lot between Little Marina Green and Yacht Harbor Beach reserved for kayakers, ambulances, early volunteers, and Cable Cars. We recommend carpooling, cycling, taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc. for all but kayakers. Everyone else must seek out parking wherever it can be found.

TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS & OPPORTUNITIES

Click here to find open water swimming recommendations and training tips specific to SAA San Francisco.

You should train in Open Water before your September Swim! Suzie Dods, a world class open water coach, will teach you in Aquatic Park. Contact her at www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com or (415) 531-3374. Melissa Lewis also offers training.

POOL SWIMS

8th Annual SMAC OUT CANCER

San Mateo Athletic Club
Swim, Run, Walk or Dance to Fight Cancer
Date: TBA 2020

JUNIOR ADVISORY BOARD

The Swim Across America Junior Advisory Board is a volunteer group of select middle and high school students who were selected by the SAA Core Committee through an application process to lead their school or club swim team in participation, team-building and fundraising. For more information on the Junior Advisory Board, email the advisor Jessica Cooper.

2020 Junior Advisory Board Members:

To be announced

VIDEO
  • OPEN WATER SWIM CLINICS: Melissa Lewis of TriNow will hold clinics (TBA) for you to get comfortable in open water before Swim Across America - San Francisco Bay. Click here to register.

  • You can support Swim Across America by becoming a Basementeer! Sports Basement is spinning the traditional “loyalty” program into a win-win for their loyal customers and our community. When you pay a one time $25 membership fee to become a Basemeteer you receive 10% off all future purchases and give 10% of profit share to Swim Across America. Sign up here!

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