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Welcome to the Swim Across America – Tampa Bay Open Water Swim! Established in 2012, SAA – Tampa Bay has donated over $1 million to our beneficiaries: Moffitt Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Thank you for your support of cancer care in Tampa Bay.

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 10th annual swim on May 8th at North Shore Park!

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 Requirement: $500 for ages 18 & over, $200 for under 18

All swimmers pledge to raise a minimum based on your age. Participants 18 & over are asked to raise a minimum of $500 and participants under 18 are asked to raise a minimum of $200. If you do not achieve the minimum by event day, you will be asked to close the money gap at the event with a credit card or check.

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 their individual fundraising minimums based on their age, distance or WaveMaker status as noted in the prior sections.

Club Team Fundraising Requirements

For club teams (18 or under age group led by a coach), the fundraising rule is that the average raised per swimmer is $200. For example, if the club has 20 swimmers, the club as a whole must raise at least $4,000. Some swimmers can be under or over $200, but the team minimum must be reached and all swimmers can swim any distance.

Dolphin Dash

The Dolphin Dash is for kids under 8 who would like to participate by swimming a short distance along the beach under supervision. Registration is $25. There is no fundraising minimum for Dolphin Dash swimmers. However, they are encouraged to fundraise if they would like!

Distance Options:

  • 1/2 Mile
  • 1 Mile
  • 2.0 Mile
  • Dolphin Dash (for kids)

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 March 5th with a registration fee of $50
  • Register between March 6th and April 10th with a registration fee of $75
  • Register between April 11th and event day with a registration fee of $100

Online registration will close 48 hours prior to the swim! There will be no day of registration.


All swimmers and volunteers must complete the waiver found here.

Event Schedule is subject to change and updates will be emailed to participants

6:45 – 7:45 am: Registration/Check in

7:30 am: Welcome Program & Guest Speakers

8:05 am: National Anthem

8:08 am: Mandatory Safety Speech

8:20 am: 2.0 mile start

8:30 am: 1 mile start

8:35 am: 1/2 mile start

8:40 am: Dolphin Dash

9:30 am: Post Event Celebration Begins

**Course cutoff is 10:15 am.


North America

Distances Offered

under 1k





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