@SAASwimmerProblems

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It’s happened to all of us… our cap rips, our goggles break, we can’t seem to escape the smell of chlorine… It’s what we call “swimmer problems.” We’ve taken it a step further and thought about some fun “SAA swimmer problems” and here’s what we came up with!

-forgot my bodyglide #chaffing

-no warmdown in the open water #SAAsolutions

-crushin’ on your angel swimmer #mouthtomouthplease

-wetsuit only took 2 minutes to put on #winning

-fainted when Phelps looked my way #baltimoreSAAproblems

-up before the sun rises on event day #thoughtiwasdonewiththis #coffeeplease

-i hate flip turns anyways #openwaterproblems

-dj is playing my jam #its10am #bostonharborpartyboat

-watched jaws last night #worstideaever

-first open water swim, last time i’ll forget my goggles #rookiestatus

#nowallznoproblemz
-raccoon eyes in my pic with an Olympian #lookinfine
-swam by a sea turtle #canigetaride? #SAAtampabay
-2 mile swim means i can eat this whole pizza, right? #notsorry
Comment and leave your own versions of #saaswimmerproblems

Back to School: Lessons for Swim Across America

You can almost hear the cheers echoing from parents across the country- it’s back to school time! It’s the season for molding minds, but the beginning of the school year marks the end of SAA’s event season, and students aren’t the only ones headed back to the classroom.

After a summer of swims, we like to look back and evaluate ourselves. We’re always looking to improve! Here are the top three lessons we’ve learned from 2013’s events, and what they’re teaching us as we move forward.

1- We Can Take Our Events to the Next Level

We want to give people more to do at our swims without distracting from the main event. Our participants deserve the chance to celebrate their hard work and enjoy a well-run event! We’ve got plans for goodie bags from our sponsors, activities outside the water, and happenings to include the whole family all in the works for next season.

2- Selling Yourself Pays Off

When a participant registers for a swim, we give them a personal page on SAA’s website.  That page is used to track your fundraising and to advertise yourself to potential donors, and it can be made unique to you and your tribute team. This year, we noticed a huge correlation between the money participants raised and whether they edited their personal page or not. A little blurb on yourself serves to distinguish you and also to attract and excite potential donors, so why not do it?

3- Swag Makes Us Shine

In our effort to make a bigger impact, we’ve realized that we need to pay attention to growing our brand. With greater recognition of SAA comes higher participation rates, and ultimately bigger fundraising for our beneficiaries. We revamped our logo this year, streamlined the brand, and kicked it up a couple notches on our swag. Our t-shirts are softer, banners and arches are flashier, and we’ve got SUITS now!! Feelin’ great and lookin’ good is helping us grow, encouraging love for SAA and recruiting more team members in our fight for a cure.

We may not be stuck in those uncomfortable desk-chair combos from 10th grade, but we’re always working to learn from our experiences at SAA.

Got a suggestion to help us learn more? Leave us a comment!

Welcome!

Welcome to the NEW Swim Across America blog!

From the very first dollar we raised to reaching the $50 million dollar mark this year, money raised local has always stayed local at Swim Across America. SAA swimmers know the impact they are making in the fight against cancer, and with that motto we’ve grown from a single beach swim to dozens across the US.

With that in mind, we’re insanely excited to launch this platform to keep you in the loop as we team up in the fight against cancer together. Our blog will bring to life the best of SAA, including olympian and swimmer interviews, #swimmerproblems, photo updates on events and things you never would have known about SAA otherwise. We welcome your feedback and hope you and the entire SAA family enjoy what we share. Comments are always welcome.

In our lifetime, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will get cancer. We’re in the business of changing that. Stay involved with us in the water, on land, or online by leaving us comments and feedback, and together, we can Make Waves to Fight Cancer!

Love,

Janel Jorgensen McArdle
SAA President & CEO

Janel