Swim Across America’s Island Swim

Saturday, July 27th, 2024

A fun and inspiring celebration of those we love fighting cancer and the family, friends, and community who support them.

Registration opens in January.

Join hundreds of swimmers (including Olympians) at a gorgeous venue for a day to remember next summer. Choose from 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile, 1 mile, 4 mile, or Kids’ Splash options.
Visit Swim Across America for more information. Sign up as a swimmer, land volunteer, or kayaker or make a donation. To be an event sponsor, to donate other goods/services, or to participate in some other way, please contact event co-chair Jill Roethke or Jim Pignato.

Click HERE to view pictures of all OUR Island Swims.


Swim Across America began as a relay swim from Nantucket to Hyannis and has evolved to 18 open water swims and dozens of pool swims around the country. Swim Across America came back to its Nantucket roots for its 25th Anniversary year in 2012 and joined with the Nantucket Triathlon to host a landmark event on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012. A portion of the proceeds from the swim went to Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket (PASCON) and Nantucket Cottage Hospital (NCH).

It was such a success and so much fun for all involved that they returned in 2013 for the First Annual Island Swim. It was held on August 24th and raised over $185,000! Nearly all of the proceeds were split between PASCON and NCH. The goal for 2014 was an ambitious $225,000! But they reached their goal with the community’s help. In 2015 they raised the stakes again shooting for $300,000! They did it. They exceeded their goal, raising $325,000! 2016 saw another astonishing increase to $342,000. 2017 closed the books at $402,000. 2018’s final numbers were over $435,000 and 2019’s ended at $463,000. AMAZING! COVID-19 made fundraising especially challenging in 2020, but the community stepped up once again and raised over $350,000 without having an in-person swim! And in 2021 they pulled off a safe and successful event though many COVID restrictions were still in place, raising almost $478,000! In 2022 over $600,000 was raised and 2023, on the day of the event the total was at $650,000, which continued to climb to over $725,000! There is such power when people come together for a common cause. Nantucket really needs this event and is so grateful for the tremendous support year in and year out.

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