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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Tampa Bay Open Water Swim and Pool Swims.

Tampa Open Water Swim Postponed: In the interest of promoting public health, we have decided to postpone the SAA - Tampa Open Water Swim. Once the CDC updates its guidelines, we will attempt to reschedule SAA - Tampa. We will be in touch as soon as we have more information about a new date for the event.

As always, all proceeds raised will be included in the Swim Across America - Tampa total and granted to our beneficiaries Moffitt Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Registration and fundraising is still open and we look forward to announcing a rescheduled date soon.

  • Proceeds from the swim will support the Swim Across America Lab focusing on immunotherapy clinical trials and cancer research as well as the Adolescent & Young Adult Program addressing the unique concerns of young adults with cancer at Moffitt Cancer Center and pediatric cancer research at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.

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  • More comfortable in the pool? No problem! NEW for 2020 we are now offering a same day pool swim! Join us for all of the event-day festivities and #MakeWavestoFightCancer in the North Shore Aquatic Complex Pool. Find all details below and get registered!

EVENT INFO
ABOUT

This event is not a competition, but an enjoyable fundraising event for everyone! You can sign up as a swimmer, kayaker, or event volunteer. As a swimmer, you will be expected to raise a minimum amount of money based on your age and the event in which you choose to participate. There are no minimum fundraising amounts for kayakers, paddle boarders or event volunteers, however, we do encourage you to do so if at all possible.

We do have several corporate sponsors that help underwrite the event expenses so that almost all of the monies that participants raise go directly to our beneficiaries, Moffitt Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. To see more about SAA giving and non-profit ratings please click here.

Thank you for your support of cancer care in Tampa Bay. With your help, Swim Across America - Tampa Bay has donated over $1 million to Moffitt Cancer Center over the last seven years.

EVENT DETAILS
SWIMMER REQUIREMENTS

General Fundraising Requirement: $500 for ages 18 & over, $200 for under 18

Choose to swim either the 1/2 Mile, 1 Mile or 2 Mile open water swim distance or the 1/2 mile or 1 mile pool swim distance and you pledge to raise a minimum based on your age. For this option, you should register as a "Swimmer" during the registration process. If you do not achieve the minimum by event day, you will be asked to close the money gap at the event with a credit card or check.

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 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 their individual fundraising minimums based on their age, distance or WaveMaker status as noted in the prior sections.

Club Team Fundraising Requirements

For club teams (18 or under age group led by a coach), the fundraising rule is that the average raised per swimmer is $200. For example, if the club has 20 swimmers, the club as a whole must raise at least $4,000. Some swimmers can be under or over $200, but the team minimum must be reached and all swimmers can swim any distance.

Dolphin Dash

The Dolphin Dash is for kids under 8 who would like to participate by swimming a short distance along the beach under supervision. Registration is $25. There is no fundraising minimum for Dolphin Dash swimmers. However, they are encouraged to fundraise if they would like!

Same Day Pool Swim

Don't want to swim in the ocean? We have a pool swim for you! Pool swimmers will need to register at the main North Shore Park registration area and then make their way over to the North Shore Aquatic Complex to swim the distances of their choosing. Click on the 'Same Day Pool Swim' tab below to learn more.

Distance Options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 2.0 Mile
  • Dolphin Dash (for kids)
  • NEW for 2020 - Same Day Pool Swim (see more information below)

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 February 9th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between February 10th and April 11th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between April 12th and event day 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 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

Waiver:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Swim Time Limit:

We have a 2h15m cut off for the swim. What does this mean for you? It will be at the discretion of the Safety Director as to whether to "advance" you via a boat to a point closer to the finish or to have the lifeguards remove you from the water after that time limit passes. Please keep in mind that all of these procedures are designed in the interest of safety.

Wetsuits

The average water temperature is 78 degrees in May. Wetsuits are permitted under 78 degrees.

Online: WetsuitRental.com is offering $15 off with code SAA15 on adult and youth wetsuit rentals. You can find more info here.

2020 Swimmer Packet:

The 2020 Swimmer Packet will be posted here when available. You can download the 2019 TAMPA SWIMMER PACKET here.

 

NEW! FUNDRAISING INCENTIVES FOR UNDER 18 SWIMMERS
  • The top 18 and under fundraiser will receive a special gift of appreciation at the event
  • For all 18 and under fundraisers, we will have 3 significant prizes awarded through a raffle drawing. Each participant will receive a number of raffle tickets based on the amount you raised. The more raffle tickets you have, the more your odds improve to be a winner.
  • When you sign-in at the event you will be given a number of tickets based on what you raised as follows: 2 tickets for $200, then 2 tickets for each additional $100 you raise up through $1,000. If you hit $1,000 in donations you will also receive 25 total tickets as a bonus!
  • The 3 prizes will be award to 3 different fundraisers.
  • (Note, at the event there will be a separate 50/50 raffle to raise additional donations for our beneficiaries)
SCHEDULE

Event Schedule is subject to change and updates will be emailed to participants

6:45 - 7:45 am: Registration/Check in

7:30 am: Welcome Program & Guest Speakers

8:05 am: National Anthem

8:08 am: Mandatory Safety Speech

8:20 am: 2.0 mile start

8:30 am: 1 mile start

8:35 am: 1/2 mile start

8:40 am: Dolphin Dash

9:30 am: Post Event Celebration Begins

**Course cutoff is 10:15 am.

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
PO Box 65
Lutz, FL 33548

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.

Waiver:

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.

VENUE & GETTING THERE

Venue:

The new Swim Across America swim site will be located at the North Shore Park in St. Petersburg, in the grassy area directly across from the Vinoy Park Beach volleyball courts.

Address:
901 North Shore Dr. NE.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Directions:

From Tampa:

  • Follow I-275 S to 4th Ave N in Saint Petersburg
  • Merge onto I-275 S
  • Use the left 2 lanes to take exit 23A for I-375 E toward Baywalk/The Pier
  • Continue onto I-375 E
  • Continue on 4th Ave N. Take Beach Dr NE to 10th Ave NE
  • Merge onto 4th Ave N
  • Turn left onto Beach Dr NE
  • Turn right onto 10th Ave NE

From Downtown St. Petersburg:

  • Head south on 4th St N toward 2nd Ave N
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto 2nd Ave N
  • Turn left at the 1st cross street onto 3rd St N
  • Turn right onto 4th Ave N
  • Turn left onto Beach Dr NE
  • Turn right onto 10th Ave NE

Parking:

Closest parking is located within the North Shore Park in two lots.
- Near 10th Ave NE and North Shore Dr NE
- Near 12th Ave NE and North Shore Dr NE

Accessibility:

This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment by all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact Amy Maguire at 727-656-8413 or City of St Petersburg Community Affairs Division at (727) 893-7345 or (727) 892-5259 TDD/TTY

Places to Stay:

Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown St. Petersburg
80 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 892-9900
Note: Details coming soon

Vinoy Renaissance
501 5th Ave NE, St. Petersburg, FL 337015
(727) 894-1000

Staybridge Suites St. Petersburg Downtown
940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 821-0777
Note: Details coming soon

SAME DAY POOL SWIM

What:

Don't want to swim in the ocean? We have a pool swim for you! Pool swimmers will need to register at the main North Shore Park registration area and then make their way over to the North Shore Aquatic Complex to swim the distances of their choosing.

When:

May 9, 2020 - 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Where:

Check-in at the same location as the open water event and then make your way to the North Shore Aquatic Complex! The pool is a short 5 minute walk south of registration. We will be swimming in the smaller pool at the back of the facility.

North Shore Aquatic Complex
901 N Shore Dr NE, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Timeline

*Tentative and subject to change.*
6:45-7:45: Registration/Check in
7:30: Welcome Program & Guest Speakers
8:05: National Anthem
8:30: Pool Swim starts
10:00: Must be out of the pool

Fundraising:

Same Day Pool swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Under 18 Same Day Pool swimmers are required to raise $200 by event day. Swimmers who raise $1000, will be awarded WaveMaker status and receive exclusive WaveMaker apparel, additional swag and access to the VIP WaveMaker tent.

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.

BENEFICIARIES

Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is listed as one of the top 10 cancer hospitals in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,600 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion.

Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital provides expert pediatric care for infants, children and teens with some of the most challenging medical problems in our community and around the world. Named a top 50 children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report, we provide access to the most innovative treatments and therapies. Taking part in pediatric medical education and clinical research helps us to provide world-class care in more than 43 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties.

OLYMPIANS

SAA - Tampa is fortunate to have this wonderful team of Olympians who are expected to attend our open water swim this year.

Brooke Bennett

Craig Beardsley

Eric Wunderlich

Tripp Schwenk

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