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.
Swim With Pedro
Island to 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.
Golden Gate to St. Francis
Bridge to Bridge
Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions
Golden Gate Bridge
These events are not scheduled to run in 2018 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!
Swim Around the Rock®
Touch Alcatraz n' Go!®
|Annual Race||Winter Alcatraz||A challenging Alcatraz to St. Francis swim in 48 to 50° water.||Alcatraz||Aquatic Park||20||Retired||1.25mi|
|Annual Race||Alcatraz Classic||A summer Alcatraz race limited to fast swimmers.||Alcatraz||St. Francis||50||MAY 19, 2018||2.1mi|
|Annual Race||Bridge to Bridge||An endurance swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge limited to elite swimmers.||Golden Gate Bridge||Bay Bridge||50||AUG 5, 2017||6.2mi|
|Annual Race||Swim Around the Rock||Our most challenging event - a strategic swim from Aquatic Park, around Alcatraz, and back with tides and fast currents.||St. Francis||Aquatic Park||30||
|Annual Race||Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions||A large group Alcatraz swim with those who have done it 100+times.||Alcatraz||Aquatic Park||250||SEP 30, 2017||1.25mi|
|Annual Race||Golden Gate Bridge||A thrilling world class swim from the south tower of the historic Golden Gate Bridge to Finger Point Rock.||South Tower of the GGB||Fingerpoint Rock||50||OCT 21, 2017||1.15mi|
|Annual Race||Touch Alcatraz n Go!||The most epic out-and-back game of tag amidst Alcatraz currents.||Aquatic Park||Aquatic Park||35||
|Non-competitive||Monthly Alcatraz||A non-competitive full crossing from the prison to Aquatic Park or St. Francis.||Alcatraz||Aquatic Park or St. Francis||20-47||Throughout the year||1.25mi|
|Non-competitive||Island to Island||A non-competitive scenic crossing to Angel Island in the north.||Alcatraz||Angel Island||20-47||Throughout the year||2.1mi|