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!


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.

As Alcatraz is partly a bird sanctuary, boats, kayaks, and the people on them are prohibited from getting within 100 meters of Alcatraz, especially from February through September which is breeding season. This means our Alcatraz crossings do not start directly at Alcatraz. Water World Swim respects the environment, aiming to keep the sport of open water swimming a live collaboration between the athletes and the oceans. 



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.


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


New for 2018
As per new insurance and swimming competition standards, swimmers under the age of 15 will not be allowed to compete in the Golden Gate Bridge or Bridge to Bridge 10K races. Sorry 🙁


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. In simple terms:

  • Your registration fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • In the event of cancellation, you may be eligible for a partial rollover credit.