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Swim as an Individual, or on a Team:

A person may elect to swim alone, or be part of a team. Many colleagues 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. Teams must have a minimum of 3 swimmers and each swimmer is still required to meet the individual fundraising minimum of $200. Each team has a fundraising minimum of $1,000.

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.

Kids’ Splash:

Swimmers ages 6-11 (exceptions made by the event director) are invited to join us for a Kids’ Splash before the 1 milers start their swim. Kid swimmers will swim a short swim (about 50 yards) in the water to take part in the event. Kids must be able to swim 50 yards to enter the swim.

There is a $25 registration fee to take part in the Kids’ Splash and we ask that you sign up ahead of time. The minimum fundraising requirement is $50 ($25 fee included). To register, click on the register on the home tab. Then you’ll be able to select the Kids’ Splash option.

Four-Mile Swim Experience:

We will host a four-mile swim along the North Shore of Nantucket. The swim will be limited to the first 12 registered four mile swimmers to raise $4,000 and to the first 12 registered 2×2 mile teams to raise $5,000 (each individual to raise $2,500). The swim will take place on Sunday July 25th. Swimmers will need to be on island a few days early to attend a pre-swim meeting. Each swimmer must provide his or her own kayaker and be able to complete the swim within three hours. Relay swimmers will share the same kayaker who will kayak the entire 4 mile course. Any swimmer in the water after three hours (or 1 1/2 hours for the 2 mile relay legs) may be pulled from the course at the discretion of the SAA Safety Director and/or Co-Event directors. The alternate dates in case of inclement weather are TBA.

Swimmers will verify their one mile swim time and past open water experience with Co-Event directors prior to the swim (email [email protected]).

Fundraising Requirements:

  • 0.25-Mile, 0.5-Mile and 1.0-Mile Swims – $200
  • WaveMaker Swimmer – $1,000
  • 2×2-Mile Swim Relay – $2,500 (per swimmer)
  • 4-Mile Swim – $4,000
  • Kids Splash – $50

Distance Options:

  • 0.25 Mile
  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1.0 Mile
  • 2.0 Mile
  • 4.0 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 April 26th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between April 27th and June 26th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between June 27th and event day with a registration fee of $100

Online registration will close at midnight on Thursday, July 22nd! Event day registration may still be available if space permits.

Wetsuit Rentals and Purchases:

Wetsuits are encouraged but not required. The water temperature is expected to be in the low 70s.

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.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.


North America

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under 1k





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