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Thank you for 'Making Waves' at SAA-Seattle this year! You can still register as an SAA My Way virtual participant and fundraise all year.

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Seattle Open Water Swim.
Volunteer, swim a 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 mile distance to raise money that funds clinical trials and cancer research at the Fred Hutch Cancer Center. Over the last 14 years we've raised over $5 million, which has been granted to fund early stage research and clinical trials.

6:15-7:30 am: Swimmer Registration
7:40 am: Safety Briefing
8:00 am: 2 mile swim start
Luther Burbank Park (South Swimming Beach)
2040 84th Ave S.E.
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Swim Options
.5 mile, 1 mile, 2 mile
SAA My Way (Virtual)
.5 mile, 1 mile: $300, 2 mile: $500
Under 18 .5 mile, 1 mile: $150, 2 Mile: $250

Welcome to the Swim Across America - Seattle Open Water Swim! Established in 2009, SAA - Seattle has raised over $5 million for our beneficiary: Fred Hutch Cancer Center. This is our impact message of the early stage projects and investigators being funded with grants from SAA-Seattle.

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 look forward to seeing you on Saturday, September 9th. This year, we are excited to return to beautiful Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island. 

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."


General Fundraising Requirements By Event Day:

  • 2 mile swimmers: $500 minimum for adults, $250 minimum for those under 18 or in college
  • 1/2 and 1 mile swimmers: $300 minimum for adults, $150 minimum for those under 18 or in college

WaveMaker Status: $1,000 minimum:

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.

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. All teams are inspirational and rewarding for all of us involved with Swim Across America. All team members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $300.

Kids' Splash!

  • Children age 11 and under are welcome to register on event day to participate in a 50m freestyle open water swim on event day.
  • There is no fee, waiver must be signed for each kid swimmer and parent. Kids must be able to swim 50 meters to enter and swim. Parent acknowledgement on form.
  • Kids' Splash starts at 9:45 am, after ½ mile and just before completion of 2-mile swim, while timers are reconciling times.

Same Day Pool Swim

Due to the 2022 venue change, there will be no same day pool swim this year but look for it to return next year!

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 12 with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between June 12 and August 14 with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between August 14 and September 4 with a registration fee of $100

Online registration is now closed.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

Water temperature can vary therefore wetsuits are strongly recommended. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Online Purchase: Orca is an SAA wetsuit partner offering a 20% discount on all Orca purchases with code SAA20

2023 Swimmer Packet:

Please review the 2023 SWIMMER AND VOLUNTEER INFO PACKET before the event. It contains important information about the schedule, what to expect and what to bring.


Proceeds from the swim support immunotherapy clinical trials and cancer research at Fred Hutch Cancer Center.

Hear directly from the incredible doctors your funds are supporting below.

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) and Fred Hutch have merged to create Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. This unified adult cancer care and research center brings together Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center into a single, independent, nonprofit organization that is also a clinically integrated part of UW Medicine and UW Medicine’s cancer program. The superior care you have come to expect will continue uninterrupted. With the leading cancer specialists and research teams of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s and UW Medicine, our care combines powerful science with devoted collaboration. It’s patient-centered care and science working together. We exist to move patients forward, past boundaries and toward hope.

For the past eight years, the Seattle chapter of SAA has generously supported research at SCCA, raising nearly $5 million to directly benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Specialty Clinic and the Swim Across America Cellular Therapy Lab. Last year, volunteer efforts bridged funding gaps; accelerated research in pancreas cancer—an area of exceptional need; and supported immunotherapy—an area of great promise.


What is SAA MY WAY?

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-Seattle event. 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

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

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.

Questions about volunteering? Check out our SAA Volunteer Page.


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.

NEW! Watch these instructional videos to learn how to register, update your participant center, connect to Facebook and more!

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 - Seattle
6917 93rd Avenue SE
Mercer island, WA 98040

Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to. Contact here with any questions.


SAA Safety & Policies:

Participant safety is 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.

Lifeguard Safety

Waterfront Lifeguard Certification Course - Date TBA:
This certification is required of professional Lifeguards at Swim Across America - Seattle, as it is held in a lake setting.

Contact us with any questions!

Wetsuits: Orca is an SAA wetsuit partner offering a 20% discount on all Orca purchases with code SAA20.


Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

6:15 – 7:30 am: Swimmer Registration - Please be sure to bring your completed waiver form (neatly and legibly) to ensure a smooth registration process

6:20 – 6:40 am: Warm up, hydrate, meet your friends, take group photos

7:00 am: Mandatory Water Safety Volunteers briefing (Meet at LB South Beach Area next to finish arch)

7:20 am: Welcome and Why I Swim presentation 

7:30 am Registration closes for all distances

7:40 am: Safety Briefing for all swimmers, all distances, Giant Group photo

8:00 am: 2 mile swim start 

8:00 am: 2 mile Wave 1 Women 39 and under

8:03 am2 mile Wave 2 Men 39 and under

8:06 am: 2 mile Wave 3 Women 40 and over

8:09 am: 2 mile Wave 4 Men 40 and over

8:20 am: 1 mile swim start 

8:25 am: 1/2 mile swim start 

9:30 am: Kids register for the Kids' Splash at the main stage tent.

10:00 am: 10-15 minute awards ceremony and celebration!


LOCATION: The swim will be held at Luther Burbank Park on Mercer Island.

Luther Burbank Park

2040 84th Ave S.E.
Mercer Island, WA 98040


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Interested in being a SAA - Seattle Sponsor?

If you'd like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please review this Sponsorship Guide or email us.



Here are some recent stories that display the impact members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Seattle community.


Please watch our 2021 SAA-Seattle Video here!

2019 SAA-Seattle:


If you have any questions about SAA - Seattle, please contact Scott Whelan or David Day.



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