WWS Goes International in 2014!

Get your passports and goggles at the ready – Water World Swim is announcing international swims in the 2014 season! The locations and dates are still in the works, but we are planning to have events in Chile, Israel, Italy, Greece, and the UK.


Sar 6In September 2014, Water World Swim will partner with Coach Alessandro to swim the Bonifacio Channel near Corsica and Sardinia  between France and Italy. The region is known for its strong currents and sometimes difficult navigation, and is a hearty distance at 12-14km. It features stunning water.


ORIphotoWater World Israel’s Coach Ori Sela and Water World Swim in San Francisco are organizing and inviting swimmers from all over to join us in Greece from June 7-14 for the Flotilla training swim and June 3 for the Bikuray Yam Swim in Israel. More information and registration will be coming in January.

Stay tuned for more information on swims in the UK and Chile!


WWS Swimmer and Coaches in Half Ironman Pucon Jan 2014

Join us in our support for the brave WWS coaches and swimmer who will be competeing in the 2014 Half Ironman triathlon in Pucon, Chile in January! These incredible athletes will endue a 1.9km swim, 90km bike ride, and a 21km run on January 12th. This challenging event takes place in beautiful Pucon, complete with stunning views of the Villarrica Volcano. Water World Swim will also be organizing swim clinics in Pucon, and will take Mack’s Earplugs as a joint sponsor. We thank CEO Peter Brenner for 12 years of mutual support!


The beach at Vina del Mar, Chile – the first water to be swum on arrival in Chile

Meet the Ironman athletes!


WWS Coach Jake Glodowski

Jake, an Alcatraz swimmer, coach, and swim support team member, has completed more than a dozen Ironman and half Ironman triathlons!


WWS Swimmer Solange Degand

Solange Degand is a Chilean-American triathlete who will be competing in the Half Ironman Pucon for the second time, representing Water World Swim. She has trained in the San Francisco Bay and has completed the swim from Alcatraz.


WWS Coach Pedro Ordenes

Water World Swim’s legendary Coach from Chile has completed hundreds and hundreds of Alcatraz swims, and prides himself on being the oldest coach. He has also completed an Ironman, swum the Strait of Magellan in the Patagonia Punta Arenas, and the Beagle Channel among many other prolific swims. This will be his second time to compete in Pucon.


WWS Coach Mike Lockwood

Coach Mike Lockwood will be conducting swim clinics and directing swims in Lake Villarrica prior to the triathlon, and coaching the team for the swim portion of the event.

Good luck to the WWS triathletes and all other competitors!

Hunter Wright to Swim Strait of Magellan Jan 2014


The challenge is finally upon him! After much preparation this year with Water World Swim, 17-year old New Waves swimmer Hunter Wright will cross the Strait of Magellan, guided by Coaches Pedro, Levy, and Mike. He will arrive in Punta Arenas to swim in his allotted window of January 14th-21st.

The swim is approximately 3 miles long, and consists of unforgiving water from 38-41 degrees F. Currents are expected to be at 12-14 knots from east to west and west and to east, creating whirlpools. Hunter will be the youngest non-wetsuit swimmer to complete it. He is practicing in the bay and in winter lakes closer to home in water from 37-43 degrees.

On the maps below, you will find Punta Arenas in the southwestern circle, and the crossing in the northeast.



Enterprise High School, Redding California

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2013

Enterprise High School announces Hunter Wright on his Open Water Challenge of swimming the Straits of Magellan in January 2014

Redding, CA December 9, 2013 – Hunter Wright is a senior attending Enterprise High School.  Over the last four years of attendance he is captain of the swim team, homecoming king and a great student. Enterprise High is happy to announce that Hunter will be on his way to Punta Arenas, Chile in January 2014 to swim the challenging Straits of Magellan without a wetsuit.

 Enterprise High School is proud of Hunter for his accomplishments he has achieved so far. To name just a few he has completed 20 Alcatraz, San Francisco bay crossings, 8 Golden Gate Bridge crossings and numerous 10k swims. These include San Francisco bay and Tel Aviv, Israel as he took a very respectable first place finish against Olympic swimmers.

 Enterprise High School and the Redding community are all anxiously awaiting Hunter’s upcoming swim in Chile. Completing this swim is a goal well within Hunters reach. He is a focused and driven young man. We all stand proud that such a great representative of our community is achieving such high goals.

Mike Worley
Athletic Director
Enterprise High



Water World Swim would like to thank the Chilean Navy for their support for the 3rd straight year in a row in helping international swimmers accomplish one of the most challenging crossings in the world!
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The WWS team would also like to thank General Manager Mr. Enrique Garin for his great coordination with the Chilean Navy and hosting the team in his beautiful hotel, Hotel Rey Don Felipe in Punta Arenas, Chile. 
We would also like to thank Dr. Marcos Goic Ordenes for his assistance in submitting all initial documentation to the local authorities, and to Port Captain Carlos Ordenes for assisting and coordinating all initial meetings with the Chilean Navy Regional Admirant Commandant offices.

Introducing Our New Coaches

We are proud to welcome two new coaches to the Water World Swim family! Please join us in welcoming Coaches Rebecca and Jessica to the team. We are thrilled to have their skills, experience, and company.

Assistant Coach Jessica

jess150Coach Jessica is an accomplished swimmer and triathlete and is also presently majoring in International Political Science at UC Davis. There she also assistant coaches Introduction to Open Water Swimming, as well as participates in classes including Aquatic Boot Camp, Water Polo, and Aerobic Swimming. As well as completing dozens of hours coaching in the pool and bay,  she placed 3rd in her division in the Tri California Alcatraz Challenge, 2nd in her division in Sharkfest Lake Tahoe, 1st in her division in Sharkfest Golden Gate, and swam as an assistant in Water World Swim’s own Annual Golden Gate Bridge event in 2013. With Water World Swim alone, she has completed 35 training sessions in the Bay, and an Alcatraz clinic.

She is currently working toward being licensed by the American Swim Coaches Association with the support of Water World Swim, and training to be a Certified Open Water Swim Coach. We are looking forward to having her passion and talents on board!

Coach Rebecca

reb150Coach Rebecca began swimming at age 10 in Michigan, where she held records at state level. While on the Cousino High School Varsity Team, she lettered and held records in butterfly, freestyle, and relays. She went on to swim for the University of Alabama under Coach Don Gambril, who also coached Lynne Cox. Rebecca began her bay swimming when she joined the Embarcadero YMCA in 2010, later joining the Masters Team in 2011, before formally joining Water World Swim in February 2013.

Since then, Rebecca has made several Alcatraz crossings, swum Around the Rock, Alcatraz to Angel Island, and many others, including winning the notoriously challenging 10K Bridge to Bridge in her division. She is proud to have escorted younger swimmers on their first Alcatraz crossings throughout 2013 and is thrilled to continue as an open water coach. Along with Coach Rene, Rebecca will be heading the Sunday Swims starting January 19th until Coach Pedro returns from Chile.

Join us in welcoming these fabulous athletes!

AAA1_WEBsite_byVivekHunter Wright, to challenge the Straight of Magellan January 2014. Seventeen years old and a New Wave member of the well known organization Water World Swim, is preparing to beat the international time record in non-wetsuit  to cross the Straits of Magellan. Hunter a U.S. Olympic promise preparing himself by training in high cold elevation lakes.

Everything getting ready for this big challenge and never done by a young person..(more soon)

Randy Perkins’ Conquest of the Straits of Magellan

18987_10151358692144592_1711193143_nGreetings Swimmers!  Coastie Rob here with an update on Randy “Conquistador” Perkins’ crossing of the Straits of Magellan.  Yesterday morning at approximately 9AM, Randy embarked on his cold, harrowing swim across the Straits of Magellan in temperatures ranging from 36.5 to 41 deg Fahrenheit. To give you an idea of how cold that is:

1. San Francisco Bay is currently as low as 49.8 degrees Fahrenheit during our “Swim with Pedro” workouts.  That’s between 8 and 13 degrees more that the Straits of Magellan were yesterday.

2. The average human body can survive 10-15 minutes in 41 degree fahrenheit water before showing symptoms of hypothermia if not moving.

3. An average swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park (1.25 miles) is about 45 minutes to 1 hour or more give or take.  The Straits of Magellan are a similar waterway to the San Francisco Bay transit corridor betweem Alcatraz and Aquatic Park in width.

Randy endured currents ranging between 11 to 17 knots (nautical miles per hour), facing a challenging, ripping 17 knot current during his last quarter mile that drove him .5 miles off his course.  Here you can see Randy trying to warm up after his swim.

Randy was fortunate enough to be accompanied by Coach Pedro Ordenes of Water World Swim during his amazing journey to Tierra del Fuego, Chile and across the Straits of Magellan.  Here is Randy receiving a commemorative plaque from the Governor of Tierra del Fuego, his wife, and the Commandant of the local Navy base.  And as always, there’s Randy’s smile at the end of his momentous swim 🙂  Do you yourself have an amazing story to share with us at Water World Swim?  Email us at: info@waterworldswim.com.  Congratulations Randy on your monumental achievement!

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Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back…and Interview with Randy Perkins, Conquistador of the Straits of Magellan.

welcome-back-kotter1Greetings Swimmers and welcome to another great year with Water World Swim! Those of you young enough may remember the theme song from Welcome Back, Kotter, right?  Well, in the spirit of such an insidious theme song, we’re welcoming back our Water World Swim Blog for 2013: new editor, but the same great stories you’ve come to enjoy.  Whether it be stories of acheivement or amazing tips from our team of coaches, The Water World Swim Blog is here to provide YOU with the best open water swimming experience possble from the San Francisco Bay/Alcatraz experts.

First off, we’re implementing several new changes to our various programs in 2013.  We have increased our rates for single-session “Swim with Pedro” workouts from 10.00 to 15.oo, as well as the first session/registration to $ 20.00.  Also, we’re trying to move all registration to online via our website.  This is to ensure we abide with State Park Regluations at Aquatic Park.  If you show up and forget your cash, no problem!  We will provide you with the means to pay for your sessions online.

EventBriteAlso, we are in the process of migrating our event and training registration from GoTeamUp.com and Active.com to EVENTBRITE.com. You may notice that our registration links on the Water World Swim webpage now go to Eventbrite.com. If you have already registered for an event, clinic or “swim with Pedro” session via goteamup.com or Active.com, don’t worry…you’re still good to go. We’ll be announcing our full transition to Eventbrite.com before the end of the year. Stay tuned for more details.



RANDY_PERKINS_small01Anyone who has ever attempted Alcatraz swim knows it is an acheivement and milestone within itself.  Many of you have become inspired from conquering The Rock and used that momentum and determination in acheiving other open water swims. Sometime very soon, Randy Perkins will be swimming the Straits of Magellan: a historic waterway channel at the southern tip of South America.

Don’t let our little nickname in the headline above mislead you…Randy may be a dominating force in the water, but he’s always got a smile on his face and cheerful personality whenever he participates in one of our open water swim events.

I had a chance to interview Randy just before he left for Chile and right after completing our very own, Winter Alcatraz Swim last weekend.  Here are some of the questions I asked:


How long have been swimming?
A: About 38 years, started at age 8

What have you done in preparation for the Straits of Magellan?
A: I’ve been skin swimming about two years (passed two winters) with a great group of people out of Pugent Sound in Seattle, Washington.  I’ve been spending a lot more time in the open water just to condition myself.  It’s generally about 5 degrees colder than the San Francisco Bay  where I swim as well.

What kind of tips do you have for other swimmers in preparation for these kind of events (training, diet, etc?)
A: The most challenging thing for me has been to gain some weight for protection against the cold.  I’ve been training about 5 days of swimming of week, plus running and biking to increase my endurance.  I’ve increased my intake of healthy kinds of fat and number of calories, but it’s not as easy as you’d think to put on the right amount of weight you need for insulation and protection from the elements.

Randy will be joined by Coach Pedro Ordenes in Chile for support for this momentous event.  Stay tuned to the Water World Swim Blog and Facebook for more details as they develop.

This is Rob “Coastie” Guinan of the Water World Swim Admin Staff wishing everyone a successful and prosperous 2013 both in and out of the water.  I look forward to writing more articles and sharing stories with everyone about our shared experiences with open water swimming.  If you have a story you’d like to share with us, please email our staff: info@waterworldswim.com