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.

Alcatraz Classic

MAY 19, 2018 - A spring Alcatraz crossing to St. Francis limited to 50 swimmers. Fills up fast!

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.
Events retired until further notice

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!

Winter Alcatraz®

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

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.

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 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