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


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