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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Seattle Open Water Swim.
Volunteer, swim a 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 mile distance in beautiful Lake Washington to raise money that funds clinical trials and cancer research at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Over the last 11 years we've raised $3.0 million, which has been leveraged to obtain matching grants that would otherwise not have been obtained.


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.

The Swim Across America - Seattle Swim in Lake Washington has been a thriving benefit swim since its inception in 2009. This family-friendly event invites participants of all ages the opportunity to volunteer, swim a 1/2 mile, 1 mile or 2 mile distances to raise money for cancer research and treatment at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Join us as we "Make Waves to Fight Cancer" on September 12.


Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.0 Mile
  • 2.0 Mile
  • Kids Splash (25 yards)
  • Pool Swim (see more information below)

Course Map - .5 mile, 1 mile and 2 mile

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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
  • Same Day Pool swimmers: $300 minimum for adults, $150 minimum for those under 18 or in college

WaveMaker Swimmer: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers and go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000 regardless of your age. You can sign up for any of the 3 distances. WaveMakers, who raise $1,000 by event day get an exclusive WM gift and access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag.

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

Don't want to swim in the lake? We have a pool swim for you! Pool swimmers will need to register at the main Luther Burbank park and then make their way over to the Mercerwood Shore Club and swim the distances of their choosing. Click on the 'Same Day Pool Swim' tab below to learn more.

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 8th and August 30th 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 on September 5th this year unless it sells out earlier. You will still have the option to join the Same Day Pool Swim up until event day.

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 - 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.


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 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.

Note: 2 mile, 1 mile and 1/2 mile swimmers will all start and finish at Luther Burbank swim beach.

6:00 – 7:30 am: Swimmer Registration at Luther Burbank Park - Please be sure to bring your completed waiver form (neatly and legibly) to ensure a smooth registration process

6:20 – 6:40 am: Pre-Swim Yoga led by Olympian Emily Silver

7:15 am: Mandatory Water Safety Meeting at I-90 Boat Ramp

7:20 am: Welcome and Why I Swim presentation at Luther Burbank Park

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 at Luther Burbank swim beach

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 at Luther Burbank swim beach

8:25 am: 1/2 mile swim start at Luther Burbank swim beach

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

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


Click here for information about parking and our event location.

Click here for information about water temp and quality of Luther Burbank Swim Beach.



Don't want to swim in the lake? We have a pool swim for you! Pool swimmers will need to register at the main Luther Burbank park and then make their way over to the Mercerwood Shore Club and swim the distances of their choosing.


September 12, 2020 - 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Check-in at the same location as the open water event and then make your way to Mercerwood!
Luther Burbank Swim Beach
2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA

Swim will take place at Mercerwood Shore Club (4150 East Mercer Way). Transportation to the pool will not be provided.


*Tentative and subject to change.*
6:00 - 8:00 AM: Registration/Check-in/ Why I Swim (at Luther Burbank) and then transport yourself to Mercerwood Shore Club
8:00 AM: Pool Lanes Open for SAA 
10:00 AM: Pool Lanes Close for SAA
Note: You may swim any distance of your choosing during this time.


Pool swimmers are required to raise at least $300 by event day. Swimmers who raise $1000, will be awarded WaveMaker status and receive exclusive WaveMaker apparel and additional swag.

Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

How to Join:

Register by clicking on the register button above and selecting 'Pool Swimmer'. You may sign up as an individual, create a team or join a team. You can even join a team with open water swimmers!

All registration fees will count toward your fundraising minimum.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.


Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) brings together the leading research teams and cancer specialists of Fred Hutch, Seattle Children's, and UW Medicine. When you seek treatment at SCCA, you access an extraordinary group whose sole mission is the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for our patients.

For the past eight years, the Seattle chapter of SAA has generously supported research at SCCA, raising nearly $2.0 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.


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.


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.

Lifeguard Safety

Waterfront Lifeguard Certification Course - September 6th:
This certification is required of professional Lifeguards at Swim Across America - Seattle, as it is held in a lake setting. Please RSVP to Megan Melgaard.

Find all the information you need HERE.

Water Safety Volunteer Video


Volunteers are the backbone of the Swim Across America Family. Even if you aren’t a swimmer, you can still help us in the fight against cancer. Whether guiding swimmers safely to shore, captaining a boat or kayaking beside a swimmer in the last stretch of the course, volunteers ensure that our events run smoothly from beginning to end. Don't forget, volunteers can fundraise too if they want!

Click here to learn about all the ways you can volunteer.

To volunteer for SAA - Seattle, click here and proceed to register as a volunteer.



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