WWS works to inspire and guide all kinds of swimmers in the open water.

Coach Pedro Ordenes, beloved founder of Water World Swim, is known worldwide for his record-breaking swims. Pedro holds the world record for Alcatraz swim crossings – over 900. He is also the only person to complete a round trip crossing of the Beagle Channel between Chile and Argentina, in water temperatures averaging 39F and without a wet suit. And in 1999, Pedro swam across the Strait of Magellan in 39.7F waters just to celebrate the new millennium.

But in 1990, Pedro brought his passion and expertise to the Bay Area by founding Water World Swim. His mission was simple: to help swimmers make the transition from pool to open water, and to inspire a love and enthusiasm for the sport.

Water World Swim isn’t just an event organizer – we are an international community of passionate swimmers from the open water beginner to the Olympic hopeful. We aim to provide a safe, guided, and fun environment for people to uncover a lifelong and life-affirming love for swimming and to be a trusted resource for all who hold interest in the sport. From dry land clinics to group training and video-stroke analysis, Water World Swim is the go-to hub for all that is swimming in the beautiful planet’s own wild pools.

With Water World Swim, we guarantee that not only will you become a strong and confident open water swimmer, but that you’ll have a warm and happy welcome to our global family!

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