Welcome to the Swim Across America - Tampa Bay Open Water Swim! Our 13th annual event will be held at North Shore Park in beautiful St. Petersburg on Saturday, May 4. We welcome swimmers of all ages and skill levels to help us fight cancer at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital!
Registrations: 0 Goal: 175000
Welcome to the Swim Across America - Tampa Bay Open Water Swim! Established in 2012, SAA - Tampa Bay has donated over $2 million to our local beneficiaries. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Tampa Bay.
Each year we are proud to host over 250 swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympian guests near and far at our charity swim. We are so excited to have you join us for our 13th annual swim on May 4th at North Shore 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."
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 WaveMaker 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.
For club teams (18 or under age group led by a captain), 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.
The Watermelon 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 Watermelon Dash swimmers. However, they are encouraged to fundraise if they would like! The Watermelon Dash is sponsored by Watermelon Swim.
For those who are hesitant about swimming in open water, we are happy to provide an “angel swimmer” to swim the course alongside you. Angel swimmers are experienced open water swimmers who encourage you, keep an eye on you and support you during your swim. If you think you may benefit from having an angel swimmer, please respond yes to the question presented in online registration. You may also reach out to Julia Lamb to answer any questions.
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 2h 15m 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.
The average water temperature is 78 degrees in May. Wetsuits are permitted under 78 degrees.
The 2024 Swimmer Packet will be distributed via email approximately five days before our event. It contains important information about the schedule, what to expect and what to bring. For reference, find the 2023 packet here.
SAA - Tampa Bay funds benefit Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital. Read our 2023 SAA - Tampa Bay impact report.
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. The hospital is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in eight pediatric specialties, more than any other Florida hospital, and provides access to the most innovative treatments and therapies. Taking part in pediatric medical education and clinical research helps us to provide expert care in more than 43 pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties. Here is more information about the funded research of Dr. Jonathan Metts.
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-Tampa Bay 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.
Angel Swimmers are experienced open water swimmers who are willing to accompany a nervous swimmer throughout the course. Angel swimmers must be able to swim all distances and help out if the swimmer needs. To register as an angel swimmer, choose “volunteer” and then select Angel Swimmer. The local planning team will have final approval of angel swimmers.
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
PO Box 65
Lutz, FL 33548
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.
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.
Wetsuits: Orca is an SAA wetsuit partner offering a 20% discount on all Orca purchases with code SAA20.
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
8:00 am: National Anthem
8:15 am: Mandatory Safety Speech
8:30 am: 2.0 mile start
8:40 am: 1 mile start
8:45 am: 1/2 mile start
8:50 am: Watermelon Dash
9:30 am: Post Event Celebration Begins on the Pool Deck
**Course cutoff is 10:15 am.
The 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.
901 North Shore Dr. NE.
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701
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
This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment by all participants. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation for accessibility assistance pursuant to disability laws, please contact the event planner at 813-240-9428. If you are unable to connect with the event planner regarding reasonable accommodations you can contact the City of St. Petersburg Community Affairs Division at (727) 893-7345 or (727) 892-5259 TDD/TTY. Please note that City staff will not have event or ticket information.
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Bid on one of our exciting prizes to help raise funds for Johns Hopkins. Auction ends at 10 a.m. on May 6.
Here are some recent stories that display the impact all the members of the Swim Across America family have had in the Tampa community benefiting Johns Hopkins All Chidren’s Hospital.
If you have any questions about SAA - Tampa Bay, please contact Julia Lamb.
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