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!

6th Annual Swim Around the Rock™

The Water World Swim 6th Annual Swim Around the Rock™ is only days away! Join us on Saturday, July 9th for this round trip Alcatraz swim at the Aquatic Park. This swim is a challenge for fast swimmers that requires a strategic race plan to swim the 3.25 mile course with tides and fast currents around Alcatraz. Registration is almost full. Click here to register.

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WWS Summer Tri Clinics

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. 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.

JULY 14 – 17th: REGISTER

AUGUST 11 – 14th: REGISTER

Prepare yourself to have a great race and confident swim!

Success stories

My Almost Great Escape

by Leica Carpo, Philippines

As I write this with my good right hand it strikes me as ironic that I was racing Escape more as a swim challenge and not as a triathlon because I thought I had the bike and the run in the bag… For me the only leg that really mattered was its’ infamous killer swim. Historically the ‘swim’ is achilles heel of my ‘work in progress’ triathlete skills. The oftentimes vicious swim starts always left me last to finish, gasping for air and with my heart rate skyrocketing off the charts –it was literally my Waterloo. So like your average triathlete i practiced that tried and true ‘kick ass or die trying’ motto. I decided to take on the Escape precisely because it had the one demon that I was constantly trying to overcome or in this case outswim.
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Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon 2011

Congratulations to all the participants of the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon 2011!

Many of the swimmers commented on how calm the waters were that day. That is the smoothest we’ve seen it in a long time and really lucked out with the weather. We received great feedback from our swimmers who did the Water World Swim Alcatraz Clinics and our Alcatraz Triathlon Clinic series:

Randy Perkins: Did 5 crossing practice swims with WWS in preparation for 2011 Escape from Alcatraz.  On more than one occasion no one made it across without repositioning but we learned something new on each attempt.  From swimming in extreme choppy conditions for over an hour to fighting a back eddy of 2+ knots 200 yards off shore in 50 degree water, WWS prepared me for any condition on race day.  My first successful and fastest crossing came on June 5th thanks to Pedro, Rene, Jake, Ann, George and all the WWS coaches! Thank you!!! …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Ron Brown: Coach Pedro, I would like to thank you and your coaching staff for the great job in training me for the Escape. It paid off. I hit my mark straight into the middle of the beach. As you know water conditions were great. I really enjoyed the swim. I’m looking forward to seeing you periodicaly on the weekends to swim and for next years Escape …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Gabe Paulson: Doing the swims and crossing with you, Jake and Pedro was very helpful.  I’ll be back and see if I can cut 5-10 min off my time for next year. The biking went the best – thanks Jake for doing the course a couple times. The run was the hardest, didn’t practice bricks, dropped to 12 min miles.  Next time! Thanks again! …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Marcin Marzek: I would like to thank all of you guys for support, good advices and Thursday swim! You are awesome! I made it! It took me 38 minutes. Swim was relaxed, without struggling, straight to the beach! You guys are doing incredible job advising participants of this race and You are such a great crew! Thanks again and hope to see you again!

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Leica Carpo: Big hugs to Water World Swim for my best and longest successful swim ever!!

Leica had a challenging race, read her report here

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Kathleen Burke: I would not have completed the swim without the amazing support, encouragement and coaching of all of you! Thank you Pedro, Rene, Jake, Joseph, Edna and George! I’m happy to report that you prepared me so well that I didn’t see you during the race which means I was on course! And Joseph, no leaky goggles. Finally!

Read her entire race report on her blog!

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Christine Bertram: The current was a rather funny thing… I thought the whole swim I was going in a straight line towards the shore!

Christine’s first sea swim and race report!


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Congrats to  all of you from Water World Swim ! We’ll keep adding more feedback  and stories as they come in.

Escape from Alcatraz Race Day Tips

Here are a few race day tips for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon from some of our coaches at Water World Swim:

Coach Pedro Ordenes: PICK A TUNE, a song that keeps you inspired to succeed in your swimming. For many years I used this method myself with music that reminds of me my best experiences in the ocean or in the Bay.

Coach Joseph Siti: Check your goggles the day before your big swim. Re-fit them to your face, clean, and spray with anti-fog.

Coach Jake Glodowski: Leave your lead lined wetsuit at home! Remember to prepack, make a checklist and gear check prior to race day. Sleep the next few days, the tank is already full. Avocado and oatmeal make a wonderful snack!

Coach René Rodriguez: Remember it’s your race. Don’t get distracted by what everyone else is doing, just keep on moving.

Coach George Evangelista: Stay focused and have fun!

Thursday June 2nd, final Alcatraz clinic before the Escape: Practice the last half mile swim finish to St. Francis Beach with optional run transition. Meet at St. Francis beach at 5pm. Click here to REGISTER

See you in the bay!

Water World Swim Weekend Recap

It’s been another amazing weekend of training, and our final Tri Clinic weekend before The Escape. We start with a splash on Thursday with a Swim With Pedro Weekly Workout. This is a great introduction to swimming in the bay. If it is your first time, let us know and our coaches will assist you.

Friday was our Alcatraz Clinic. The swimmers tested the waters near the Island and the finish and gained knowledge and tips to master this swim. Saturday was one of the toughest swims this year, mentally and physically: an Alcatraz crossing against the current. We are extremely proud of our swimmers that pushed through it and even those that attempted. Brave Alcatraz swimmers!

This might be Les

The swim was followed by a nice ride on The Escape course. We are getting to know these hills pretty well, and good practice for swim to bike transition.

As if that wasn’t enough, more swimming on Sunday for a tough group. It’s good to test out the wetsuit you’re going to be using on race day beforehand and make sure it isn’t too tight and that you can breathe. How is the breathing in cold 55°F water? How long can you swim without getting too cold? Practice sighting on landmarks and navigating in currents & getting used to swimming in a wetsuit. Then hit the trails for another nice brick workout run to the sand ladder.

Coach Jake giving some swim to run transition tips.

One more important training session to go next Thursday before The Escape. Thank you for training with us! We really enjoyed it and know you are going to do well! We hope you all have an excellent time at The Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. We will see you in the bay at the start. Come visit us at our booth at the Fitness Festival. There are many more swims and triathlons coming up this year, stay tuned!


Water World Swim has been selected once again by the Escape from Alcatraz organization to run the swim portion of the Escape. Our records and experience have been demonstrated throughout our years of swimming, coaching and managing safety events in the Bay.