Weekly/Monthly Swims and Training

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 monthly 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.
Why don't swims start directly at Alcatraz or with a jump off the Rock?

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.

Use weekly and monthly swims to train for:
Annual Races & Events

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

RETIRED - A challenging annual 1.25 mile Alcatraz swim in the freezing winter water.

Alcatraz Classic

MAY 13, 2017 - A 1.25 mile spring Alcatraz crossing limited to no more than 45 swimmers. Fills up fast!

Swim Around the Rock

JULY 2, 2017 - A strategic 3.6 mi swim - and our most challenging - from St. Francis, around Alcatraz, and to Aquatic Park with fast currents.

Golden Gate to St. Francis

JULY 22, 2017 - 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!

Bridge to Bridge

AUGUST 5, 2017 - 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!

Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 - 1.25 mi Alcatraz swim with those who have done it 100+times. One of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims!

Golden Gate Bridge

OCTOBER 21, 2017 - A thrilling world class 1.15 mi length from the south tower of the historic Golden Gate Bridge to Finger Point Rock.

Touch Alcatraz n' Go!

RETIRED - A 2.5 mi swim from Aquatic Park out to Alcatraz to tag the rock and come back!
Compare Our Swims
Annual RaceWinter AlcatrazA challenging Alcatraz to St. Francis swim in 48 to 50° water.AlcatrazAquatic Park20Retired1.25mi
Annual RaceAlcatraz ClassicA summer Alcatraz race limited to fast swimmers.AlcatrazSt. Francis9013-May-172.1mi
Annual RaceBridge to BridgeAn endurance swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge limited to elite swimmers.Golden Gate BridgeBay Bridge505-Aug-176.2mi
Annual RaceSwim Around the RockOur most challenging event - a strategic swim from Aquatic Park, around Alcatraz, and back with tides and fast currents.St. FrancisAquatic Park30 


Annual RaceAlcatraz Swim with the CenturionsA large group Alcatraz swim with those who have done it 100+times.AlcatrazAquatic Park25030-Sep-171.25mi
Annual RaceGolden Gate BridgeA thrilling world class swim from the south tower of the historic Golden Gate Bridge to Finger Point Rock.South Tower of the GGBFingerpoint Rock5021-Oct-171.15mi
Annual RaceTouch Alcatraz n Go!The most epic out-and-back game of tag amidst Alcatraz currents.Aquatic ParkAquatic Park35 


Non-competitiveMonthly AlcatrazA non-competitive full crossing from the prison to Aquatic Park or St. Francis.AlcatrazAquatic Park or St. Francis20-47Throughout the year1.25mi
Non-competitiveIsland to IslandA non-competitive scenic crossing to Angel Island in the north.AlcatrazAngel Island20-47Throughout the year2.1mi