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Welcome to the Swim Across America – Los Angeles Open Water Swim! Established in 2020, SAA – Los Angeles has raised over $45,000 for our beneficiary: UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Los Angeles.

We are honored to host our first charity swim involving many swimmers and volunteers, spectators and supporters, as well as Olympians near and far. We are so excited to have you join us for our inaugural swim on October 16th at Redondo Beach!

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 Requirements:

All swimmers are required to raise at least $400 by event day. Swimmers under 18 are required to raise $200 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 register as an individual, 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:

A 0.5-mile and 1-mile course will be available for swimmers to complete as many laps* as they would like in 2 hours. For example, you may swim 0.5-mile in total and choose to celebrate the rest of the day on the beach, or for those elite swimmers, complete as much as 6 miles within the 2 hour timeframe on the 1-mile course. NOTE: Swimmers will exit the water after each loop for accountability purposes.

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 July 10th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between July 11th and September 10th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between September 11th and event day with a registration fee of $100

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

Age Requirements:

Participants ages 12 and under who would like to sign up 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.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver that will be 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 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.

Angel Swimmers:

For those people who are less experienced swimming in 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 you during your swim.

If you would like to be an angel swimmer, or would like to have one assigned to you, please contact Megan Melgaard

Swimmer Packet:

Check back soon for the 2021 SAA-LOS ANGELES SWIMMER PACKET.


6:30am: Registration Opens at Veterans Park

7:30am: Registration Closes

7:30am: Opening Ceremony

8:00am: Swim Begins

10:00am: Course Closes

10:00am: Celebration to follow. Family and friends welcome!

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.


North America

Distances Offered

under 1k





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