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Welcome to the Swim Across America – Nantucket Open Water Swim! SAA – Nantucket has raised over $3 million over the past eight years for our beneficiaries: Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket. Thank you for your support of cancer care on Natucket Island.

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 annual swim on July 24th on Nantucket Island!

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.

SAA – Nantucket funds benefit Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket.

SAA – Nantucket has raised over $3 million to support Nantucket Cottage Hospital and Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket!

Nantucket Cottage Hospital Program Details

This program allows island cancer patients to receive oncology services at Nantucket Cottage Hospital rather than the mainland, saving them from burdensome and expensive travel while suffering from cancer. The program brings a team of cancer specialists to the island every week for patient consultations. In addition, a Board Certified Advanced Practice Oncology Registered Nurse is on-site to see cancer patients five days a week.

Palliative and Supportive Care of Nantucket Program Details

This program provides direct care and services to patients and families who are coping with cancer. Care is provided through a Nurse Practitioner, a part time APRN Oncology NP, Palliative Care Counselors, Social Workers, Program Assistant, Chaplain, Medical Director, and volunteers and is provided in any setting. Services are provided free of charge and are fully supported through donations and grants.

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

6:30-7:30 am: Registration/Check in

7:30 am: Registration Closes

7:45 am: Swimmer Safety Talk, Why I Swim

8:10 am: Opening Ceremony/National Anthem

8:12 AM: 1/4 Mile Swimmers Walk to Start

8:15 am: Kids’ Splash

8:20 am: 1/4 Mile and 1 Mile Swim Start

8:22 am: 1/2 Mile Swim Start

8:50 am: Breakfast

9:20 am: Awards Ceremony

Transportation and Lodging

Nantucket is easily reachable year round by ferry boat or plane service. During the busy summer season, the town encourages visitors to limit bringing their cars over by providing a seasonal shuttle system giving the community an essential transportation option around the island. There are miles of town maintained by bike paths, town owned beaches & beautiful harbors for moorings all enhancing the experience on the island. From the beautiful sunsets of Madaket to the charming small village of Siasconset, the public can view the beautiful landscapes, historic homes or wide spread beaches until reaching their special and personal Nantucket destination.


North America

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under 1k





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