If you can swim a mile in the pool, you are ready for the open water. Whether you have extensive experience, are completely new to open water swimming, or want to practice for an upcoming event, Water World Swim has regular group practice sessions that include swimmers of all abilities and ages. Despite the group scenario, each swimmer is helped according to their individual needs.

You can fill out a waiver (for Swim With Pedro and clinics) or register for all events on our calendar.

Swim With Pedro

Weekly group practice & training with Coach Pedro for swimmers of all ages and abilities.

Alcatraz Clinics

Learn about and prepare for an Alcatraz Crossing during offshore & Alcatraz clinics.

Alcatraz Crossings

Join a group of 30-50 swimmers for a monthly swim from Alcatraz across the bay.

Island to Island

A 1.85mi scenic monthly crossing surrounded by historic landmarks from Alcatraz to Angel Island.


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.



If you're all practiced and ready for a big event, congratulations! We have a wide selection of fun events in the San Francisco Bay. From escapes from Alcatraz to world class bay crosses, pick your challenge and we'll see you there.

You can register on our calendar.

Winter Alcatraz®

MAR 16, 2019 - A challenging annual 1.25 mile Alcatraz swim in the freezing winter water.

Alcatraz Classic

MAY 11, 2019 - A spring Alcatraz crossing to St. Francis limited to 50 swimmers. Fills up fast!

Bridge to Bridge

JUN 29, 2019 - A 10k swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge limited to no more than 45 elite swimmers. One of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims!

Swim Around the Rock®

AUG 10, 2019 - A strategic 3.6 mi swim - and our most challenging - from St. Francis, around Alcatraz, and to Aquatic Park with fast currents.

Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions

AUG 24, 2019 - 1.25 mi Alcatraz swim with those who have done it 100+times. One of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims!

Golden Gate to St. Francis

SEP 8, 2019 - A new and unique race from the Golden Gate Bridge to St. Francis. No trophies but this race is timed and there are finisher medals!

Golden Gate Bridge

SEP 22, 2019 - A thrilling world class 1.15 mi length from the south tower of the historic Golden Gate Bridge to Finger Point Rock.


These events are not scheduled to run in 2019 at this time, but will be announced through our official channels when and if they open for registration. If you are interested in running any of these events or swimming the courses solo, please contact us for details. We're always available to put together your dream swim!

Touch Alcatraz n' Go!®

A 2.5 mi swim from Aquatic Park out to Alcatraz to tag the rock and come back!


Sign up for any of these swims or browse our online calendar. Got questions? Give us a shout! We're here to answer your questions and help you prepare for the events you've been wanting to say you've done 🙂 We are excited to be a part of your journey and get you into the bay with confidence.