Region

North America

Distances Offered

under 1k
1-2k
3-4k

Temperature

Cold
Moderate

Description

ABOUT

Welcome to the Swim Across America – Seattle Open Water Swim! Established in 2009, SAA – Seattle has raised over $3 million for our beneficiary: Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Seattle.

Each year we are proud to host over 600 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 13th annual swim on September 11th at Luther Burbank Swim 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 By Event Day:

  • 2 mile swimmers: $500 minimum for adults, $250 minimum for those under 18 or in college
  • 1/2 and 1 mile swimmers: $300 minimum for adults, $150 minimum for those under 18 or in college
  • Same Day Pool swimmers: $300 minimum for adults, $150 minimum for those under 18 or in college

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 $300.

Kids’ Splash!

  • Children age 11 and under are welcome to register on event day to participate in a 50m freestyle open water swim on event day.
  • There is no fee, waiver must be signed for each kid swimmer and parent. Kids must be able to swim 50 meters to enter and swim. Parent acknowledgement on form.
  • Kids’ Splash starts at 9:45 am, after ½ mile and just before completion of 2-mile swim, while timers are reconciling times.

Same Day Pool Swim

Don’t want to swim in the lake? We have a pool swim for you! Pool swimmers will need to register at the main Luther Burbank park and then make their way over to the Mercerwood Shore Club and swim the distances of their choosing. Click on the ‘Same Day Pool Swim’ tab below to learn more.

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 June 12th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between June 13th and August 14th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between August 15th and August 30th with a registration fee of $100

Online registration will close on September 4th this year unless it sells out earlier. You will still have the option to join the Same Day Pool Swim up until event day.

Waiver:

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Wetsuit Policy, Rentals and Purchases:

Water temperature can vary therefore wetsuits are strongly recommended. Please read our full wetsuit policy and tips on our Policies Page.

Online Rental: WetsuitRental.com 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.

Schedule

Schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Note: 2 mile, 1 mile and 1/2 mile swimmers will all start and finish at Luther Burbank swim beach.

6:00 – 7:30 am: Swimmer Registration at Luther Burbank Park – Please be sure to bring your completed waiver form (neatly and legibly) to ensure a smooth registration process

6:20 – 6:40 am: Pre-Swim Yoga led by Olympian Emily Silver

7:15 am: Mandatory Water Safety Meeting at I-90 Boat Ramp

7:20 am: Welcome and Why I Swim presentation at Luther Burbank Park

7:30 am Registration closes for all distances

7:40 am: Safety Briefing for all swimmers, all distances, Giant Group photo

8:00 am: 2 mile swim start at Luther Burbank swim beach

8:00 am: 2 mile Wave 1 Women 39 and under

8:03 am: 2 mile Wave 2 Men 39 and under

8:06 am: 2 mile Wave 3 Women 40 and over

8:09 am: 2 mile Wave 4 Men 40 and over

8:20 am: 1 mile swim start at Luther Burbank swim beach

8:25 am: 1/2 mile swim start at Luther Burbank swim beach

9:30 am: Kids register for the Kids’ Splash at the main stage tent.

10:00 am: 10-15 minute awards ceremony and celebration!

Same day pool swim

What:

Don’t want to swim in the lake? We have a pool swim for you! Pool swimmers will need to register at the main Luther Burbank park and then make their way over to the Mercerwood Shore Club and swim the distances of their choosing.

When:

Date: TBA 2021

Where:

Check-in at the same location as the open water event and then make your way to Mercerwood!
Luther Burbank Swim Beach
2040 84th Ave SE
Mercer Island, WA

Swim will take place at Mercerwood Shore Club (4150 East Mercer Way). Transportation to the pool will not be provided.

Timeline

*Tentative and subject to change.*
6:00 – 8:00 AM: Registration/Check-in/ Why I Swim (at Luther Burbank) and then transport yourself to Mercerwood Shore Club
8:00 AM: Pool Lanes Open for SAA 
10:00 AM: Pool Lanes Close for SAA
Note: You may swim any distance of your choosing during this time.

Fundraising:

Pool swimmers are required to raise at least $300 by event day. Swimmers who raise $1000, will be awarded WaveMaker status and receive exclusive WaveMaker apparel and additional swag.

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

How to Join:

Register by clicking on the register button above and selecting ‘Pool Swimmer’. You may sign up as an individual, create a team or join a team. You can even join a team with open water swimmers!

All registration fees will count toward your fundraising minimum.

All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Experience

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced
Professional

Swim Type

Race

Water Type

Lake
Pool