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

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.

Water World Swim Weekend Recap

This has been a great weekend for swimming in the bay. We kick off our weekend early on Thursday with our Swim With Pedro Weekly Workout, a one mile swim in and around the cove into the sunset at Aquatic Park.

Bernardo with Alcatraz

Then on Friday and Saturday, we had more swim and triathlon training sessions, 3rd in our Escape Tri Clinic series, with a very nice Alcatraz crossing and biked the hilly Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon course afterward.

Alcatraz Jump Video

Coach George and Leica in cycling mode

On Sunday, we swam into a nice ebb, great preparation for race day. Several triathletes tackled the run of the Escape Course into some strong headwinds and climbed the Sand Ladder. There was a nice tailwind on the way back to practice the final dash to the finish.

We have been meeting great athletes from around the world, and enjoy seeing our members old and new having a great time swimming in the bay. Congratulations to Water World Swimmers Bernardo Calmet from Peru and our New Waves swimmer Josh Pitkofsky who both placed second in their age groups at the Tri-California Alcatraz Challenge this weekend! Swimmer Les Mangold also completed his 74th Alcatraz crossing with us.

Les celebrating!

Coach Ann and Bernardo after a successful swim

Next weekend will be even better! Check the calendar for our workouts and events and sign up for the final weekend of Triathlon training clinics before the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Thanks to all our coaches and swimmers for making it happen!

WWS Escape Tri-Clinic: Weekend 2

Training for the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon and other upcoming events is underway with a series of jam-packed tri-clinics in May to prepare athletes for the swim, the bike and the run. The sessions are suited to all levels, from beginner doing their first triathlon to the experienced athlete that wants to preview the course. You can sign up for one day only or the whole weekend. Even if you are not signed up for The Escape, it is a fun way to get some weekend training in with a great group of people on some of San Francisco’s most beautiful terrain.

Testing the waters near the island

Golden Gate Park

Register for the next one!

See also: WWS Escape Tri-Clinic: Weekend 1, Calendar of Events

WWS Escape Tri-Clinic: Weekend 1


Our training month for the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon and other upcoming events has officially launched with a series of jam-packed tri-clinics to prepare athletes for the swim, the bike and the run. This is a great time to be training outdoors in the sunshine, the elements, and wildflowers in full bloom on one of the most scenic courses around.

Coach Pedro going over sighting instructions.

The conditions for the Alcatraz swim have been a little more challenging this year due to increased runoff from the mountains and stronger currents around the Island. Our group has been sending several expeditions out to test the waters in the Alcatraz clinics and monthly crossings. If you are unsure about how to complete any part of this event, our coaches will give you inside tips and help you dial in that course. Also you can test to see how you do on the bike and run after swimming a mile in the chilly bay waters.

       Riding through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach       Gabe and Coach Jake on The Coastal Trail

Lincoln Blvd.

The Sand Ladder

Train for any event or swim for fun with a multitude of workout options and a great group of people: Water World Swim

Thanks to Core Foods for providing us with energy treats on Sunday!

Calender of Events

Alcatraz Clinic


Experience the excitement of swimming near Alcatraz Island and the variety of conditions you might encounter in the Water World Swim Alcatraz Clinic. The Potato Patch, Strong Currents, Marine Mammals, and Beautiful Views of the San Francisco Bay. In February, the water is around 52°F / 11°C, very refreshing! Water World Swim does Alcatraz Clinics and Crossings on a monthly basis year round.

Please see the events calendar for our upcoming swims.