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!

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


Success stories

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 !