Winter Alcatraz

WINTER DTBA, 2021 - This crossing from Alcatraz is highly challenging; swimmers may face adverse conditions with stronger run off, less forgiving weather and some of the colder temperatures we see in the Bay. We limit this crossing to 35 hearty souls, looking for an early season adventure. Not for the faint of heart! READ MORE

2016 November Alcatraz Crossing - San Francisco, CA, USA

Alcatraz Classic

MAY 30, 2020 - This Alcatraz crossing is great for swimmers that have crossed many times from Alcatraz to San Francisco, or for the experienced open water swimmer wanting to race Alcatraz in style for the first time! The St. Francis route, despite being 1.8-2.1mi, is faster than Aquatic Park due to sweeping currents in your favor, giving all swimmers a speedy boost. READ MORE


Bridge to Bridge 10K

JULY 18, 2020 -  This 10K (approx. 6.2 mi) race begins at the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge and finishes at the Bay Bridge. This legendary swim is recommended for elite swimmers wanting to race between two landmark bridges in the exciting bay waters! READ MORE


Swim Around The Rock

SEPTEMBER 13, 2020 - Join us for this round trip Alcatraz swim! This is our most challenging swim as swimmers must negotiate the current both ways. If you are not quick and strong enough, the tides will get the best of you. READ MORE

Swim with the Centurions - San Francisco, CA, USA

Alcatraz Swim With Centurions

SUMMER, 2021 DTBA- On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin chipped through their cement cell walls of Alcatraz Prison and entered the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay. They disappeared into the night, wearing only the meager life preservers they made from stolen rain coats, and were never found, seen, or heard from again. READ MORE


Golden Gate to St. Francis

SEPTEMBER 2020 - Up to 50 swimmers will start the race at the Golden Gate Bridge South Tower and finish at St. Francis. A new and unique race into the bay by the Presidio.

2016 Golden Gate Bridge Swim - San Francisco, CA, USA

Golden Gate Bridge

June 14, 2020 - This 3K (approx. 1.85 mi) race begins at the ocean side of the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge near Ft. Point Beach and goes under the Golden Gate Bridge past the north tower and finishes at Finger Point Rock. This is a rare opportunity to swim one of the most thrilling open water, world class competitions ever near a legendary historical landmark with unique currents from the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, and over the bay's deepest point at over 340 feet! READ MORE


Non-timed swims

Our Alcatraz swims are incredibly popular and are a great way to make this epic crossing with a small friendly group and without the pressure of competition. Enjoy all this swim has to offer without sweating the clock, make new friends, and enjoy a casual morning out in the bay!

These crossings 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. Because of its casual nature, this is a great way to do your first Alcatraz.

Upcoming swims:
April 2020
May 2020
June 2020

July 2020
August 2020
November 2020

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Boost your open water swim, bike, run skills in clinics offered by us - the San Francisco Bay open water swim experts and Ironman® champion coaches! All triathlon clinics feature three options to register: swim only, run & bike only, or full clinic, so whether you just want to practice for an Alcatraz swim or prep the three legs for your upcoming Ironman® or other triathlon, join us.

Triathlon Clinic - MAY 31, 2020
Swim Clinic- JUNE 4, 2020 | 6PM
Swim Clinic - JUNE 5, 2020 | 6PM
Alcatraz Bay Swim Clinic - JUNE 5, 2020 | 6:30AM
Alcatraz Test Swim - JUNE 6, 2020 | 5:30AM

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Italy: Strait of Messina

SUMMER 2020 -Ready to dive into water heralded in legends for centuries? You'll swim across the Messina Strait from Punta Faro in Sicily, to Cannitello, Calabria in Italy with strong currents in your favor.



Italy: Strait of Bonifacio

SUMMER 2020 -Swim across the Bonifacio channel in this 16K lifetime achievement crossing from Sardinia (Italy) to the French coast of the island of Corsica! You'll start on the beach of Rena Bianca, Sardinia (Italy) and cross to the beach of Punta Sperone, Corsica (France) across a stretch of blue Mediterranean Sea linking the two. READ MORE


Galápagos, Ecuador

Join Water World Swim on our next Voyage to the Galapagos Islands! Seize this unique opportunity to explore this Pacific Archipelago, discovered by Charles Darwin in 1831. Swim, snorkel, kayak, and hike through some of the most spectacular vegetation and immaculate stretch of nature in the world.


Capri-Napoli Swim Marathon, Italy

Capri-Napoli is one of the most fascinating and difficult competitions in the world. Since 1992, helds a long distance world title, now the crossing swimming race Capri-Napoli is a “FINA World Grand Prix” leg over a distance of 36 km as the crow file distance. READ MORE

Sign up for any of these swims or browse our online calendar. We are excited to be a part of your journey and get you into the bay with confidence.