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Welcome to the Swim Across America - Baltimore Open Water Swim. Swimmers of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in our annual event at beautiful High Tide Farm. Choose a distance and help us fight cancer at the Swim Across America Lab at Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

  • Proceeds from the swim will support immunotherapy clinical trials and research at the Swim Across America Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. Read about the groundbreaking trial with pembrolizumab, marketed as Keytruda, and the timeline of achievements thanks to the grants from SAA-Baltimore here.


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.

In its first year, Swim Across America - Baltimore set the record for the largest inaugural event in SAA history. The open water and pool swims have grown and have raised over $4.2 million in 10 years for the Swim Across America Lab at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

Join us at High Tide Farm for a beautiful 1 mile or 3 mile swim in the Magothy River. We also offer opportunities to volunteer as a boater, kayaker or land volunteer. This event is not a competition, but a fun fundraising event for everyone.

If you have any questions about SAA - Baltimore, please contact Annie Applegarth.


General Fundraising Requirements:

All 1 Mile swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day ($250 if under 18 or current college student.
All 3 Mile swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day ($250 if under 18 or current college student.

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 required to commit to raise at least $5,000. All team members are still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of their individual swim.

Distance Options:

  • 1.0 Mile
  • 3.0 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 June 12th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between June 13th and August 14th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between August 15th and event day with a registration fee of $100
  • Register at the event by bringing or paying the full fundraising minimum of your distance

**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.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here. Please bring it with you to the event.


Wetsuits are optional, but strongly encouraged. Water temperatures range from 65-75 degrees in September. Last year the water was a perfect 73 degrees and felt warm. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

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.

Age Requirement

For swimmers between the ages of 12 and 14, swimmer must be approved by the SAA Baltimore Safety Committee and have a minimum of one of the following:

  • Parent or legal guardian who agrees to swim alongside swimmer for the entire duration of the swim.
  • An accompanying Swim Angel, registered, approved, and assigned to the swimmer by the SAA Baltimore Safety Committee, who will swim alongside swimmer for the entire duration of the swim. Swim Angels must be requested in advance and placement is not guaranteed. Positive check in and coordination of the swimmer and Swim Angel prior to the start of the event must be confirmed by the Event Director.

For approval of swimmers under the age of 12, please contact Kelly Dees.

Swim Angels

For those people who are nervous about swimming in the open water, we have "swim angels" who are willing to swim alongside you for encouragement. These people are experienced open water swimmers who are more than happy to encourage you, keep an eye on you and ease any anxiety you may have.

Additionally, those wishing to sign up as swim angels can sign up as a part of Team Angel. If you would like to sign up and fundraise with a different team, but are interested in being a swim angel, please reach out to Annie directly.


Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

6:00 – 7:15 am: Registration/Check in - There will be no event day changes to swim distance.

7:30 am: Swimmer Safety Talk and Group Photograph - It is mandatory that all swimmers wear a timing chip that will be issued at the time of registration. The timing chip must be on your ankle before entering the pen area.

8:10 am: All 3 mile swimmers must be in the start pen

8:30 am: 3 Mile Start

8:40 am: 1 Mile Swimmers must be in the start pen. Swimmers will be moved to waters edge for start.

9:45 am: Post Event Party with activities & light breakfast for participants. Prizes will be awarded for the best Team Cheer!

10:15 am: Awards Ceremony


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 - Baltimore
PO Box 5384
Baltimore, MD 21209

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


Meadowbrook Athletic Club and Swim Across America are offering a FREE 15-week program to get you prepared for a 1-mile open water or pool swim. More information and schedule to be announced once Meadowbrook Pool opens.

The classes are free to join but you must sign up for the pool or open water swim and agree to raise the minimum required for your swimmer category.

If you have any questions, please contact Annie at


High Tide Farm:

We will once again have the swim at the beautiful High Tide Farm at 5101 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122. The body of water we will be swimming in is the Redhouse Cove. It is a gorgeous cove with flat water making it very swimmer friendly!

The Course:

The swim course will be the same 1 mile loop as in years past. Swimmers have the option of a 1 or 3 mile swim. See above time line for start sequence.

3 mile swimmers will exit the water after each loop, take a brief jog on the sand and reenter the course. If you choose to swim 3 miles, you must complete your first 2 loops by 10:10 AM to reenter the course to complete the final mile. This will assure that we fulfill our obligation to clear the course for public use and assure that our wonderful volunteers can participate in the festivities.

This swim is non-competitive, though timing chips will be provided. It is mandatory that all swimmers have the timing chip on their ankle prior to entering the start pen.


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. Please bring it with you to the event.


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


Directions and Parking:

For mapping purposes, you can use the address for the 5101 Mountain Road, Pasadena, MD 21122.

From the southern portion of the Baltimore Beltway #695, Take Rt. 10 South and follow signs to Rt. 100 (bears off to the left). Follow signs for Rt. 177 (also known as Mountain Road) and follow for approximately 3.75 miles at which point it bears off to the right (there is a sign & we will have lighted balloons at this location). From that point, it is 1.25 to the site which will be on the right.

There is ample parking in a large flat field at no cost. However, we ask that you consider car pooling to lessen the environmental impact and to avoid traffic congestion on the signal lane road. There will be two Policemen to control the traffic from Rt. 177 into the field. Look for lighted filled balloons as you approach the turn into the parking.



A full timeline of achievements credited to SAA-Baltimore grants and future projects can be found here.

Monies from the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Swim events funded groundbreaking research in immunotherapy. In a report of a proof-of-principle study of patients with colon and other cancers for whom standard therapies failed, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center saw that mistakes in so-called mismatch repair genes, first identified by Johns Hopkins and other scientists two decades ago, may accurately predict who will respond to certain immunotherapy drugs known as PD1 inhibitors. Results of the trial with pembrolizumab, marketed as Keytruda, was published by the New England Journal of Medicine on June 25, 2015. On May 23, 2017 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to a treatment for patients whose cancers have a specific genetic feature (biomarker). This is the first time the agency has approved a cancer treatment based on a common biomarker rather than the location in the body where the tumor originated.


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