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Welcome to the Swim Across America – Fairfield County Open Water Swim! Established in 2007 originally as SAA – Greenwich-Stamford, SAA – Fairfield County has donated over $4.3 million to our beneficiary: Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT). Thank you for your support of cancer research in Fairfield County.

Each year we are proud to host over 375 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 15th annual swim on Sunday, August 8th at ACGT!

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.

General Fundraising Requirement:

All adult swimmers are required to raise at least $500 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $300 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 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 the individual fundraising minimum of $500.

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.5 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 May 7th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between May 8th and July 9th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between July 10th and event day with a registration fee of $100

NOTE: Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

Wetsuit Policy:

Below 67° F —— Required*
67.1° F – 79.9° F —— Permitted
80° F and above —— By approval only*

Swim skins are permitted.

*Exceptions may be reviewed and approved by the National Director of Events, Event Director, and Swim Course or Safety Coordinator. Local safety teams must be advised of the special exceptions.

Wetsuit Tips

SAA strongly encourages swimmers to choose an open water swimming / triathlon specific wetsuit over a general water sports wetsuit.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Local Rental:

Local Rental: Cycleology in Westport, CT is offering 50% off a weekend or weekly rental of adult Westport, CT is offering 50% off a weekend or weekly rental of adult wetsuits.

Online Purchase: Orca is offering a 15% discount on all Orca wetsuits with code SAAPARTICIPANT15.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

What to Bring:

In addition to bringing any donations you have collected, please remember to bring the following items: directions to ACGT, a towel, sunscreen, a baseball hat or equivalent to shade your face, sweatshirt, sweatpants, wetsuit (mandatory), board shirt (this goes underneath the wetsuit to prevent chafing around the neck), Vaseline or BodyGlide (for under the arms, neck area), 2 pairs of goggles, your cell phone to take pictures to post on social media, and don’t forget a labeled bag that zips to put everything in!


North America

Distances Offered

under 1k





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