Winter Alcatraz

MARCH 16, 2024 -  A very challenging and highly unique swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park! Water temperatures can be as low as 48°F - not for the faint at heart! READ MORE


Alcatraz Classic

APRIL 13, 2024-  A competitive race from Alcatraz to shore! Feel the surge of sweeping currents speed you toward the finish! READ MORE


Swim Around the Rock

July 14, 2024 - Join us for this roundtrip 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


Island to Island

June 15, 2024 -  This non-competitive swim takes you from Alcatraz to Angel Island. A great first-time Alcatraz swim! READ MORE


Golden Gate Bridge Swim

SEPTEMBER 7, 2024 -  This 3k (approx. 1.85 mile) race begins at the ocean side of the south tower 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


Bridge to Bridge 10K

August 3, 2024 -  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 with the Centurions - San Francisco, CA, USA

Alcatraz Swim With Centurions

SEPTEMBER 24, 2023 - 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

Please note: Swim dates and times are subject to change. WWS is not responsible for travel arrangements made for swim events.
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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 22, 2023

May 20, 2023

June 24, 2023

July 22, 2023

August 5, 2023

October 21, 2023

November 18, 2023

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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.

How to Swim from Alcatraz Clinic - June 9, 2023

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WWS is not responsible for anyone making travel and lodging reservations in advance of a swim being confirmed!

Swim dates require final confirmation from local authorities. Please check back often for latest confirmed dates!

Galápagos, Ecuador

TBA 2024  - 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.


Italy: Strait of Bonifacio

SUMMER 2023 - 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


Italy: Strait of Messina

JUNE 27, 2023 - 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.



Capri-Napoli Swim Marathon, Italy

JUNE 23 2023 - (2 spots available or a relay team) 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.