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Welcome to the Swim Across America – Denver Open Water Swim! Established in 2018, SAA – Denver has raised over $530,000 to support our beneficiary: Children’s Hospital Colorado. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Denver.

Each year we are proud to host over 400 swimmers and 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 4th annual swim on August 29th at Chatfield Reservoir!***

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.”

Swim Across America is dedicated to providing a safe return to events in 2021.

***Due to current local gathering restrictions, we will have a limit on the number of event participants in 2021. Register early to secure your spot!

General Fundraising Requirement:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $250 by event day.

WaveMaker Status: $1,000 minimum:

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.

Swim as an Individual, or on a Team

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleges, high schools, 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.

Distance Options:

  • 0.5-Mile
  • 1.0-Mile
  • 2.0-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 May 29th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between May 30th and July 30th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between July 31st and August 15th with a registration fee of $100

Online registration will close on August 15th.

Age Requirements:

Participants ages 12 and under who would like to sign up for the 1 mile or 2 mile swims are required to obtain a letter from their personal accredited coach (USA Swimming, ASCA, etc) verifying the swimmer is capable of swimming the chosen distance in open water. There’s also the option to attend a Swim Across America qualifying swim that will be held in July and August. Please email Jessica to sign up or for more information.


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

Swim Caps:

Every swimmer must wear the SAA colored cap given to them at the registration for their designated event. You may not switch caps for a different color, for safety purposes.

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

Water temperatures can vary. 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.

Face Masks:

For the safety of everyone at the event, face masks will be mandatory.

Angel Swimmers:

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 support during your swim. If you would like to be an angel swimmer, or would like to have one assigned to you, please contact Jessica Reinhardt Vitcenda.


Event Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

6:00 AM: Volunteer Check In

6:30 – 7:45 AM: Swimmer Registration/Check-in

7:30 AM: Welcome Program

8:00 AM: National Anthem

8:05 AM: Mandatory Safety Speech (all swimmers)

8:15 am: 2 mile Swim Start

8:20 AM: 1 Mile Swim Start

8:30 AM: 1/2 Mile Swim Start

Stay Tuned for Post Event Celebration Virtual Celebration details!


North America

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under 1k





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