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Welcome to the Swim Across America – Sound to Cove Open Water Swim! Established in 2001, SAA – Sound to Cove has raised over $10 million to our beneficiaries: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the Feinstein Institute of North Shore and the University of Texas MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Nassau-Suffolk.

Each year we are proud to host over 250 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 21st annual swim on August 7th at Prybil 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.”

General Fundraising Requirements:

  • 1/2 mile swimmers: $250 minimum
  • 1 mile swimmers: $500 minimum for adults, $250 minimum for those under 18
  • 5k swimmers: $1,000 minimum
  • 10k swimmers: $5,000 minimum
  • Family Fun Swim: $100 minimum, $50 for 10 & Unders

EARLY FUNDRAISING PRIZE: Participants that register and hit their fundraising minimum by July 1st will receive a special Nassau Suffolk gift!

WaveMaker Swimmer: $1,000 minimum:

WaveMakers are elite SAA fundraisers and go above and beyond the call of duty by pledging to raise at least $1,000 regardless of your age. You can sign up for any of the 3 distances. WaveMakers get an exclusive WM gift and access to the WM village on event day where they will have access to other perks and swag.

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.

Select Your Team Fundraising Level:

SAA offers two different Team fundraising levels. By raising more funds, you’ll receive more benefits!


  • Swim Event T-Shirt
  • Special recognition on event day
  • Listing in the Nassau/Suffolk Journal


  • Team Banner at Swim Event
  • Swim Event T-Shirt
  • Team Plaque award on event day
  • Full page Team Recognition in the Nassau/Suffolk Journal

Distance Options:

  • 0.5 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 5K
  • 10K
  • Kid’s Splash

Registration Self Donation:

Kickstart your fundraising and let your supporters know you are personally committed to the mission of SAA. The registration self donation will be will be credited towards each swimmer’s fundraising minimum. The minimum self donation amount will change as follows:

  • Register before July 1st with a minimum donation of $25
  • Register between July 2nd and event day for a minimum donation of $50

Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! Event day registration may still be available if space permits. Minimum donation required for event day registration is the selected event distance fundraising minimum.

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

Water temperature 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.


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.

Swimmer Safety Packet:

2021 Swimmer Safety Packet Coming Soon!


Schedule is tentative and subject to change

Note: 5K, 1 Mile, 0.5Mile and Kid’s Splash Swims Start at Prybil Beach, Glen Cove

4:15 am: 10k Swimmers/Boaters/Kayakers Arrive Glen Cove Yacht Club (GCYC) Dock

10K swimmers should arrive in Glen Cove in the AM; they will take boat over to Larchmont for the swim back to Glen Cove

4:40 am: 10K Mandatory Swimmer Briefing (On Dock prior to boarding Boat to Larchmont)

5:00 am: 10K Group Leaves GCYC Dock – Boat to Larchmont for Swim Start

6:00 am: Land Volunteer Meeting and Assignments (Prybil Beach Stage Area)

6:00-7:00 am: Registration (Stage Area) – Swimmers need to Register 1 Hour Prior to their swim start (see below)

6:00 am: 10K Swim Start – Larchmont, N.Y. back to Glen Cove

6:00 am: 5K / 1 Mile / .5 Mile Kayakers Arrive at GCYC Dock

7:00 am: Mandatory ALL Water Safety Meeting (Prybil Beach) – Volunteers, Lifeguards, 1st Responders

7:15 am: 5K Swim Briefing (Prybil Beach)

7:30 am: 5K Swim Start (Prybil Beach)

7:35 am: 0.5-Mile and 1-Mile Kayaker Meeting (Prybil Beach)

7:50 am: National Anthem (Prybil Beach)

8:00 am: 1-Mile Swim Briefing (Prybil Beach)

8:15 am: 1-Mile Swim Start (Prybil Beach)

8:20 am: 0.5-Mile Swim Briefing (Prybil Beach)

8:30 am: 0.5-Mile Swim Start (Prybil Beach)

8:45 am: Kids’ Swim Splash! (Prybil Beach)

10:00 am: ALL Swimmers Out of Water

10:30 – 11:30 am: Post-Swim Ceremony and Brunch (Prybil Beach)


North America

Distances Offered

under 1k





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