The inaugural SAA - Florida Keys will be held at Founders Park in beautiful Islamorada on Saturday, April 9th. We welcome swimmers of all ages and skill levels to help us fight cancer in the Florida Keys!
Thank you for making our 2022 swim a success! You can still register as a virtual SAA My Way participant and fundraise to support local cancer research this year.
Registrations: 100 Goal: 150000
Welcome to the inaugural Swim Across America - Florida Keys Open Water Swim! Located in beautiful Islamorada, swimmers from throughout the Keys and South Florida are invited to participate in their most impactful swim of the year. Funds raised will go directly to cancer research and patient care programs.
We are proud to host swimmers, volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far at our charity swim. We are so excited to have you join us for our inaugural swim on April 9th at Founders Park!
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."
Proceeds from SAA - Florida Keys will support early stage cancer research at Miami Cancer Institute. Grant information will be shared as it becomes available.
All swimmers pledge to raise a minimum based on your age. Participants 18 & over are asked to raise a minimum of $500 and participants under 18 are asked to raise a minimum of $200. 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.
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.
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.
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:
Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! There will be no day of registration.
All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.
We have a 1 hour 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.
Check back soon for the 2022 SAA-Florida Keys Swimmer Packet.
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-Florida Keys 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 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 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.
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.
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
8508 Park Road #389
Charlotte, NC 28210
Make sure to include a note with the name of the swimmer you are donating to.
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.
COVID-19 brings a new dimension as we create our safety protocols. Each of our charity swims will abide by local and state guidelines. Please check this page for general guidelines, as well as amendments pertaining to your swim. If or when guidance and requirements change, we will provide updates to our registered participants through email communication and on our website.
If you are sick, feeling sick, have been exposed to someone who has been sick, or someone who has been exposed, do not travel or attend the event.
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.
Event Schedule is subject to change and updates will be emailed to participants
7:30 - 8:15 am: Registration/Check in
8:30 am: Mandatory Safety Speech
8:40 am: Welcome Program & Guest Speakers
9:00 am: National Anthem/Prayer
9:05 am: 1 mile start over 30 minute swimmers
9:20 am: 1/2 mile start
9:30 am: 1 mile start under 30 minute swimmers
**Course cutoff is 10:05 am.
10:10 am: Post Event Celebration Begins
11:30 am: Event Ends
11:00 am-1pm: Tear down and clean up
The Swim Across America - Florida Keys open water swim will be located at Founders Park in Islamorada, FL.
87000 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
Mile Marker 87 on the Overseas Highway
- Here's a list of local lodging options in and around Islamorada.
Here are some resources for your trip to Islamorada:
- A profile on a Road Trip through the Keys
SAA - Florida Keys is expecting special Olympian guests to participate in our inaugural swim. Check back soon for updates!
If you have any questions about SAA - Florida Keys, please contact Glenn Latham.
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