Joining New Waves

Please bring all required paperwork completed and signed to your first swim session. You may also email it to or fax it to (415) 236-6185 at least 12 hours prior to your session or event.

It is a special honor for us to be able to work with children and teens. They are the open water swimmers of the future and we invite them to get their start at any of our events or training sessions. Before attempting our open bay events, we ask that minors attend one of our Aquatic Park sessions so the we can assess their swimming abilities. Parents or guardians are welcome to bring their children to any of our training sessions.

Training swims are held Sundays at 10:00 am throughout the year and Thursdays at 6:00 pm March through September at Aquatic Park. At their initial training swim, your child will be accompanied and evaluated by one of our experienced open water swim coaches. After seeing them swim, we can discuss their open water swimming goals and set up a training schedule to help them prepare for any of the events we offer throughout the year.

Additional costs

Our initial evaluation will be made at a cost of $35.00. After this, most young swimmers go on to swim with us for aspecial New Wave membership fee of $249.00 per year or as drop-in swimmers at $15.00 per session. If individual instruction, coaching or training is desired, we can provide this service for $75.00 per hour.

Required Documents


This is a required form for all New Waves members. Please email it or bring it with you to your first swim. You can't swim without it!

  • The Waiver and Non-Harmless document above completed and signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Copy of any document with proof of age (birth certificate, school document or passport).
  • A letter from either parent or guardian, authorizing their child to participate in this kind of sport. They must state that they are fully aware of the risks stated on the waiver about this activity.
  • Young swimmer’s proof of hospital or health insurance.
  • A letter from a certified swimming coach or certified life guard, stating the minor’s swimming capabilities. It must state the minor’s level of swimming or training before transitioning to open water swimming. A satisfactory evaluation by a Water World Swim coach can serve in place of this letter.
  • A copy of a current physical exam (within 1 calendar year) dated and signed by the examining physician with a statement attesting that there are no restrictions limiting physical activity.

Additional Terms

  • Only New Waves registered as year-long members can participate in the program. They must take part in a determined number of sessions in order to represent WWS New Waves in events other than WWS bay swimming events.
  • They are invited to participate for free only in 1 Alcatraz a season. All other events – WWS events or Alcatraz swims – they must pay the New Waves rate with a 50% discount.
  • New Waves swimmers that place in the top 3 in an event in all age competitions can participate in 1(other than Alcatraz) WWS swim event for free.
  • New Waves swimmers winning first place among New Waves competing in any of the WWS events can register in any outside event and WWS will pay 50% of the fees.
  • WWS coaches will select 1 (one) WWS New Waves swimmer with full membership that participated during the whole swim season to participate during that season  in 1 (one) event outside WWS events in the State of California, with WWS paying the full entry fee. By merit, a New Wave that participated in the program for over 2 years in the third season will be selected to participate in a major Swim Competition event in California or out of state.
Current New Waves



Sima finished the Alcatraz Classic with a time of 27:23, earning her first place female. She placed second overall. She also placed second among females in Touch Alcatraz and Go 2014 with a time of 1:11:36.


Angel has successfully completed one Alcatraz crossing, Swim Around the Rock, and the Touch ‘n’ Go challenge Saturday, June 21st with a time of 1:33:49! She is the youngest person to climb Kilimanjaro and will climb Aconcagua.


It is our pleasure to welcome Omar back to open water swimming after a short break this winter. He has only been to two practices but won our Touch ‘n’ Go challenge Saturday, June 21 with a time of 54:08!



Mitali just completed her fourth Alcatraz crossing in one of the strongest outgoing ebbs completely unassisted. She is also the youngest girl to cross the Golden Gate Bridge!

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Anaya set a goal for herself of completing an Alcatraz crossing before her 9th birthday. On June 14th, she did it and became the youngest girl to ever swim from Alcatraz to shore with Water World Swim.



Maddie just joined WWS and is an open water swimmer and triathlete. She swam a 1.2-mile lake swim in 36:16 and placed 6th out of 65 females. Her present goal is to swim at least one Alcatraz per year.



Jillian has completed 4 Alcatraz swims, 3 Golden Gate swims (2 non-wetsuit), 1 Swim Around the Rock non-wetsuit, and her favorite, 2 Bridge to Bridge swims non-wetsuit. Her goal is to swim the English Channel!

From a New Waves grad
Hunter Wright

Hunter has completed more than 20 Alcatraz crossings and 8 Golden Gate Bridge swims. He also trains in frigid lake waters in northern California, closer to his hometown of Redding.  It’s not uncommon for Hunter to swim in temperatures ranging from 35-50 degrees without a wetsuit!

Hunter’s swimming accomplishments include winning a 10K speed race in Israel last May, competing against the Israel Open Water Olympic Team. He broke the world record for the youngest swimmer to cross the frigid Strait of Magellan in January 2014, joining a short list of elite swimmers who take on the challenge – and without a wetsuit. He hopes to cross the Beagle Channel in 2015!