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:  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 and to You may notice that our registration links on the Water World Swim webpage now go to If you have already registered for an event, clinic or “swim with Pedro” session via or, don’t worry…you’re still good to go. We’ll be announcing our full transition to 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:

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!


Swimmer from Krakow Poland just finished the swim accross the Straits of Magellan, Chile. The waters in this extreme part of the world were 4.5 deg C.(40.5 F.) His time was 1hr.19 min, covering the distance of 3.4 miles.  According to Rafal, he kept an even pace during the whole swim.  We at Water World Swim, international,  are very proud of the achievement of this swimmer, for being part of his training and preparation for this project.  Special thanks to the Chilean Navy for preparing and giving all the necessary support to make this swim possible. Thanks to our own Water World Swim Chile coach Julieta Nunez, who herself now prepares to swim the waters of Antartica next week.  CONGRATULATIONS RAFAL you make us very proud and we are  sure you are making your family in Poland proud but also to the world swimming community. Hoping we will see you soon visiting us in the waters of the San Francisco Bay.

RAFAL ZIOBRO, on route to Punta Delgada, to get ready to cross tomorrow Wednesday 5:00 A.M. (12:00 midnight PST)

Feb.8.2011. (2:30 p.m P.S.T Cal. U.S. 7:30 p.m. Chile Time) Direct from Water World Swim  Chile Coach Julieta – “Here we are together with Rafal. We just came back from meeting with the Chilean Navy Authorities and Port Captain” . Tomorrow we leave Punta Arenas at 5:00 a.m. (12 midnight Cal.Time PST) on board the Navy Ship that will take us to the place of the swim – (First Narrows-Punta Delgada). Everything is ready for Rafal’s crossing and we got the full ok from the Navy. We got interviewed by radio stations, T.V., and El Mercurio, T.V. and all press corp are  coming along with us.  Rafal will swim  only in speedos and covered with Lanolin. He is ready, and very well focused.  Lots of excitement . “As part of my own training for my swim in Antartica next week I trained with Rafal without a wetsuit, and I spent 13 minutes and felt great”.  Please send us good vibes”

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FORECAST :Straits of Magellan : Tomorrow Wednesday Feb. 9.  SUNNY

Currents supose  to bring good water temps. Currents under 12 knots to the East (Atlantic Ocean)  -under 14 knots to the West (Pacific Ocean)

Rafał Ziobro – jako pierwszy Polak próbuje przepłynąć Cieśninę Magellana
Raphael Ziobro – the first Pole to try to cross the Straits of Magellan