Swims & Events

From weekly group practice in the bay to long distance challenges, Water World Swim is the go-to hub for all that is open water swimming. We guarantee that not only will you become a strong and confident open water swimmer, but that you’ll have a warm and happy welcome to our global family!

Annual Events in the Bay

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! 

Alcatraz Classic

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

Swim Around The Rock

JULY 28, 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.

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. Recommended for elite swimmers wanting to race between two landmark bridges!

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. 

Alcatraz Swim With The Centurions

SEPTEMBER 22, 2024 –  In this 1.25 mile competition you’ll have the chance to reach your own goals and share the waters with the experts of the Bay, the Centurions.

Island to Island

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


These non-timed 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.

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.