Alcatraz Crossings

The crossings from Alcatraz are recommended for swimmers who have either taken the Water World Swim Alcatraz Swim Clinic or who feel confident and have had prior experience swimming in the open water.

Our crossings are usually limited to 30-35 swimmers and are accompanied by three or more of our coaches. Our crossings are supported by the best Water World Swim kayaker pilots. After a brief but thorough discussion of the conditions of the bay during your crossing, we will jump from the boat and swim toward our destination across the bay.

Swimmers will be divided in two or three groups of slow, medium and competitive levels which are accompanied by our coaches. This is an exciting and thrilling swim for all levels!

Be sure to meet 45 minutes before jump time. Bring 2 towels, warm clothes for on the boat and afterwards, have your wetsuit on in boat and be ready to jump. Bring your swim gear (cap, earplugs, goggles, etc.) and warm tea or drink in a thermos for after the crossing.

Island to Island is a unique monthly crossing.

Resources for Alcatraz Crossings

Cold Water Tips

Some tips on acclimatizing to cold water - we can teach you that it's possible!

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At A Glance


  • Maximum 35 swimmers
  • 1.25 mi swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park
  • $195 registration fee
  • Recommended for WWS Clinic participants