Escape Tri-Clinic Weekend

May 24th – 27th  2012

Spend the weekend getting prepared for your summer Alcatraz triathlon with      Water World Swim. There are several Alcatraz triathlon events throughout the season and we will tailor the training to suit your needs. We will be training on the course of the challenging and scenic Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The swim clinics are led by Coach Pedro H. Ordenes, ASCA/WSCA, who has completed hundreds of Alcatraz crossings and several record-breaking distance swims as well as several Ironman Triathlons. Our coaches are experienced bay swimmers and triathletes who are eager to help  you achieve your goal of swimming in open water. Master the swim with the premier San Francisco Bay Swim experts.

The swim-focused program consists of 3 swims, including an Alcatraz Clinic, a bike ride and a run on the course. See what your time is running up the infamous sand ladder and prepare yourself to have a great race and confident swim!

May 24th – 27th

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Success stories

James, “Little Jimmy” Thomas trains for the Chesapeake Bay a 4.4 miles swim-on his own words

James, “Little Jimmy” Thomas trains for the Chesapeake Bay a 4.4 miles swim-on his own words

I love swimming because it’s a good way to get exercise, in a positive way. I think swimming in the pool, and in the bay are both fun, but I find it’s more interesting in the bay, because there is more freedom. First of all, you don’t have to stay between 7 feet lane lines, and second, there is much more to see. I think that swimming on big giant waves is better than completely calm water. When I’m swimming, it gives me time to think about not only what I’m doing in terms of swimming but also other things, like school and other things in my life. One of the best parts of Water World Swim is the coaches. Coach Pedro is one of the best coaches I’ve had, he’s supportive, he teaches, and he can always tell what the tides are doing. Another coach I would like to point out is Coach Jake. He is a great pilot and has a great personality, and always helps with someone’s stroke and stuff. So that’s what I have to say about swimming.

I personally am training for a big swim in Maryland; it is a 4.4 mile swim under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. I will be swimming it on June 10th 2012, a few weeks before my 13th birthday. I am training hard for it. I have done races in the past, but none as big as this. I have done an Alcatraz crossing, the Tiburon mile 3 times, and the Golden Gate Bridge swim, and all have been very fun. It’s going to be hard work, but I will succeed my goal.

One of the bravest parts of swimming in the bay is the cold, and I’m crazy enough to deal with it without a wetsuit. Why I do it without one? I don’t like the wetsuit because it gives me rashes, it takes a long time to put it on and to be honest, I like that people think I am brave & strong for not wearing a wetsuit. I usually have a hot bath waiting for me at home in Mill Valley thanks to my family!

A Green Christmas

Earlier we told you about John Clements, Water World Swim kayak pilot and transportation director for Kings Canyon unified School District and his campaign to put green school buses on the road. Now his dream is becoming a reality with the first all electric school bus in the nation coming to KCUSD! He writes:

“Santa has been good to me delivering the 1st production model all electric zero emission school bus in the nation that I had a dream of and it was actually produced. This has been the best Christmas since the 3rd grade when I received a new Murray Wildcat stingray bike.”

Read all about it here: First all-electric bus in nation coming to Reedley


6th Annual Golden Gate Bridge Swim


Congratulations to Adam Phillips, winner of our annual Golden Gate Bridge Swim! Adam completed the swim in an impressive 32:27. Swimmers encountered choppy waters and a strong current, yet everyone braved the conditions, making it from San Francisco to Sausalito, a 3K swim. We are proud of all of our competitors, and hope to see you back next year !

1st Annual Alcatraz Classic

photograhy by Davide Paperini

The 1st Annual Alcatraz Classic September 18, 2011 was won by Cesar Diaz in 29 minutes 44 seconds. Congratulations to all the participants who braved the chilly waters and currents of the bay on one of the most beautiful days of the year!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and product partners, volunteers, coaches, kayakers, support vessels and emergency medical team for making this one of the best events ever! We would also like to give special thanks to the SFPD Marine Unit, National Park Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. See you again next year: September 8 2012, for the fastest swimmers in the world!