Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin chipped through their cement cell walls, squeezed through a ventilation shaft to get to the roof, climbed down a drain pipe, scaled a 15-foot fence, 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.

39 years later, on June 11, 2001, Pedro Ordenes and Gary Emich became the first swimmers to successfully “Escape from Alcatraz” 100 times! Since then, becoming a member of the elite “Alcatraz 100 Club” has become THE ambition for many open water swimmers. On September 30th, you’ll have the chance to reach your own goals and share the waters with the experts of the Bay, the Centurions.

You don't need to be a Centurion yourself - in fact, this is a great race opportunity for first-time Alcatraz swimmers with adequate training! This swim is not for novices. This event is for experienced open-water swimmers only. You should be able to swim one mile comfortably in a pool in under 40 minutes. If you need advice, support, and coaching for this swim, Water World Swim can help.

GET 25% OFF 2017 EVENTS!

Use coupon code EARLYBIRD2017 to get 25% off all events on the 2017 calendar when you register before January 1, 2017 12:00am PST!

DO I NEED TO BE A CENTURION TO PARTICIPATE? Nope! As long as you're strong swimming in the open water, we welcome first time Alcatraz crossers and Centurions alike.



Omar Insignares, 14


2014 Centurions

  • SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 - 14th Annual Event
  • Maximum 250 swimmers
  • 1.25 mi swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park
  • Team registration available!
Note on swimmers under 18

Safety is our priority in challenging waters! Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate by signing up online. No children under 7 are accepted. Children under 12 must be evaluated by a Water World Swim coach in a private session for a non-refundable $95 fee and must be registered at time of evaluation. The fee also covers an accompanying coach in the water during the swim. Registration will be refunded if the minor is deemed not suitable to participate.

If the under 12 minor is coming from out of town and is unable to be assessed by Water World Swim, we require a certified coach to evaluate the minor and contact us via email or written documentation certifying their ability and recommending their participation. Out of town minors under 12 must pay an additional $95 to have an accompanying coach in the water.

Contact us about having your young swimmer join us!

Coach Pedro swims his 500th Alcatraz
Centurions 2014
Why don't swims start directly at Alcatraz 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.


Results and participants
  •  Eric Chasanoff — Greenbrae, California, United States
  •  Elizabeth Cooney — Boxford, Massachusetts, United States
  •  Jim Cooney — Rockport, Massachusetts, United States
  •  Bonney Daves — Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
  •  Charlotte Fox — Wilmington, New York, United States
  •  david hartney — chicago, Illinois, United States
  •  Anaya Khanzode — Sunnyvale, California, United States
  •  Mitali Khanzode — Sunnyvale, California, United States
  •  Tyge Nason — Tempe, Arizona, United States
  •  Bill Piatt — San Antonio, Texas, United States
  •  Bob Piatt — San Antonio, Texas, United States
  •  Chris Piatt — San Antonio, Texas, United States
  •  Karen Pinckard — Belmont, California, United States of America
  •  Rachel Todd — Woodinville, Washington, United States
  •  Yank Wilson — San jose, California, United States

Check results HERE!