As a community

Water World Swim founder and coach Pedro Ordenes says, “people, land, and continents are separated by oceans, and swimmers are the only ones that can unite the continents, land, and people.”

At Water World Swim, we seek to inspire a love and enthusiasm for open water swimming in people from all over the globe. We are committed to creating and maintaining a safe community for swimmers of all ages, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, and ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds – from the open water beginner to the triathlete to the Olympic hopeful.

We are dedicated to promoting fun, safety, support, and friendship in the open water and making the experience accessible to all. Whether you’re local or international, we invite you to join our warm camaraderie!


The environment

Water World Swim is committed to keeping our bay beautiful and clean – we swim in it, after all! As a group, we request that swimmers come to swim and leave nothing behind, properly disposing of any waste. After our events, we ensure responsible clean up of Aquatic Park, Crissy Field, boats, and other venues and swimmer-traffic areas.


Safety

Whether you attend a weekly workout or participate in a large event, all swimmers must fill out our waiver. It includes emergency contact information and personal details that our coaches refer to should the unexpected happen. With that said, Water World Swim is renowned for its safety precautions, pilot kayakers, and emergency staff, so you can trust that you are in good hands.

Waiver

Our waiver must be filled out once a year prior to swimming with us, including workouts.

To read more about our safety precautions and tips on preventing and getting help in a bout of hypothermia, please read our article on open water swimming safety.
Refunds and Rollovers

Refund Policy

Download our refund policy in full.

We aim to make our refund and rollover policies clear to avoid anyone getting a headache! If something is still not clear, please contact us.

  • Entry fees are non-refundable; no exceptions.
  • You may not sell, trade, or allow someone else to take your entry.
  • If you can’t participate in an event you registered for, you may be eligible to receive a partial rollover credit which can be applied to any future WWS event.
  • You must notify us of your intention to pull out of an event no later than 20 days prior to the event date.
  • If within the 30 days leading up to the event a medical issue, military deployment, or death in the family prevents your participation, you must notify us in writing and attach documentation to support your claim. We must receive it at least 72 hours before the race start time.
  • No credits will be issued within the last 72 hours prior to event day.
  • 65% of the original entry fee paid will be retained by Water World Swim, LLC. Therefore, 35% of the original entry fee paid will be credited to you. This credit can be used towards any applicable event for which registration costs over $100 within the same year as the swim you originally registered for.
  • If the entry fee is under $100 (regular Alcatraz Clinics, Swim With Pedro) the credit is transferable to another session of the same event on a different date.
By submitting your application, waiver, and/or registration, you agree to the following terms:

Express Assumption of Risk - Waiver and Release of Liability

ASSUMPTIONS OF THE RISKS OF BAY SWIMMING – Bay swimming is inherently dangerous. Bay swimmers have been injured and killed. For example, a fishing boat once killed a swimmer. Sea lions and other marine animals have attacked swimmers. Swimmers have been injured by objects in the water, both floating and fixed. There may be health hazards associated with pollution in the bay. Bay currents, often more powerful than the strongest swimmer, are unpredictable and have swept swimmers off course. Bay waters are cold. Temperatures typically range between 45 and 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Swift currents and cold water have precipitated drowning. heart attacks, and hypothermia. These are just some of the hazards and dangers of bay swimming.
I UNDERSTAND AND ASSUME ALL RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SWIMMING IN THE BAY.


Waiver and Release of Water World Swim, LLC

On behalf of my heirs, assignees, personal representatives, and next of kin, I hereby release and hold harmless Water World Swim Clinics Organizations, its officers, members, officials, agents, and employees and other participants, with respect to all injury, disability, death, loss, injury, or damage to me or my property, whether arising from the negligence of Water World Swim, LLC, its members, officers, or otherwise.
BY SIGNING THIS WAIVER AND RELEASE, I CERTIFY THAT I UNDERSTAND THAT I CANNOT SUE ANY PERSON, INSTRUCTOR, OR COACHES OR THOSE WHO ACT ON BEHALF OF THE OPEN WATER WORLD SWIM ORGANIZATION OR THOSE WHO MAY HAVE AUTHORITY OVER THE COMPANY, AND NO ONE ELSE CAN SUE ON MY BEHALF.

In consideration of the acceptance of my entry in any Water World Swim, LLC open water swim, I hereby: 1. agree to comply with all rules and regulations and event instructions of Water World Swim, LLC and its Directors; 2. attest and verify that I am physically fit and have sufficiently trained for open water swimming and that my physical condition is in optimal conditions; 3. consent to be stopped from swimming by any officer that may consider or which may be deemed advisable in the vent of injury, accident, or illness during any Water World Swim, LLC event; 4. agree that in the event of a race cancellation due to conditions beyond the control of Water World Swim, LLC, including but not limited to a storm, rain, inclement seas or weather, winds, “Acts of God”, “Acts of Terrorism”, or other conditions, my entry fee shall be non-refundable.


Substitutions

Under no circumstances may you sell, trade or allow someone else to take your entry. Such substitutions jeopardize our insurance and our ability to secure the permits necessary to produce future events.


Rollover Credits

If you cannot participate in an event for which you have registered, you may be eligible to receive a partial Rollover Credit, which may be applied towards any future Water World Swim event. Rollover Credits may be applied toward any Water World Swim(s) at any time – These rollovers expire 10 days after they have been offered to the participant or 10 days after the registration for that event has been posted and open for registrants.

To retain a Rollover Credit, you must notify us of your intention to pull out of a race no later than 30 days prior to the event date.

If within the 30 days leading up to the event a medical reason, military deployment or death in the family will prevent your participation, you must notify us in writing and attach documentation (i.e. doctor’s note, deployment notice) to support your claim. In these three cases, you will be eligible for 100% transfer of credit. We must be in receipt of your written notice at least 72 hours before the published race start time. All requests for Rollover Credits for any reason besides medical, military deployment or death within 30 days of race day will be denied.

No credits will be issued within the last 72 hours prior to swim or event day. A Rollover Fee will apply for all Rollover Credits (for events only, not valid for weekly swim fees or training sessions.)


Rollover Fees

65% of the original entry fee paid will be retained by Water World Swim, LLC. Therefore, 35% of the original entry fee paid will be credited to you. This credit is valid until the end of the year in which the event takes place and can be used towards any applicable event for which registration costs over $100.

If the entry fee is under $100 (regular Alcatraz Clinics, Swim With Pedro) or is for a Monthly Alcatraz, the credit is transferable to another session of the same event on a different date.