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!

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

Swimmer Profile: Cesar Diaz

Cesar Diaz and Coach Pedro - Alcatraz Swim With the Centurions photo by Alisa Brozinsky

Cesar Diaz, 17, is an athlete and student at Las Lomas High school. He swims year round for the Walnut Creek Aquabears. His first open water water swim was Tiburon Mile, where he finished second place for for his age group at the age of 12.  He has done multiple open water swim events such as Escape from Alcatraz, Around Alcatraz, Treasure Island twice, and The Governor’s Island swim in New York. He has been a coaching assistant for the Aquabear Swim team every summer since he was 12 years old and is looking for colleges this year. Cesar Diaz is the up-and-coming athlete to watch out for.

How long have you been swimming with Water World Swim?
Since 2006
How did you get interested in swimming?
My 2 older sisters are great swimmers and they had inspired me. I always want to become as good as them. Swimming is a team sport but at the same time is an individual sport. Swimming had taught me discipline and time management. Open water swimming is more challenging than swimming pool. In open water, you never know what you are going to encounter, and when you are out there in the open water you got to be more alert of your surroundings, and never panic if something unexpected happens.
Are you involved in a swim team or any other sports?
I have done baseball, karate, and water polo. I’m currently year round swimmer for Walnut Creek Aquabears Swim team in Walnut Creek, and I swim for Las Lomas High School during the season. Every summer for the past five years I have been assisting my coaches  at the Walnut Creek Aquabears with the younger kids in swimming. Every day is a challenge when you teach young kids.
What are your future plans for school and for swimming goals?
I’m a senior in High school, and my goal is to be part of college swim team. I’m applying for out of state colleges in the east. I want to continue my open water swim to prepare myself and my sisters to complete the English Channel in the near future.
When did you do your first Open Water swim?
My first open water swim was Tiburon Mile when I was 12 years old and I got second place for 12 under.  Since then open water has been my passion. I’ve done Treasure Island open water events, Lake Berryessa, Governor’s Island In NY, Around Alcatraz, and Centurions.
You did so well on the Alcatraz Swim With the Centurions, getting 2nd place in the Men’s Skin Division with a time of 28:09. What was your biggest challenge?
To compete with many strong and fast swimmers. Also I had set and prepared my mind for some time to be one of the first ones to finish this race.
How did you feel after?
I felt good and satisfied to accomplish my goal. It made me realize that hard work is well paid back and is a very good feeling!
What helps you get through the race and motivates you?
To get me through, I have to eat and sleep well. I have to visualize and analyze my race before hand. Number one is to have confidence in yourself, believe in yourself, and know that you can do it! What motivates me the most is that open water swimming is always challenging, it takes me beyond. It’s like therapy for my body, brain and soul.
Cesar’s next challenge will be competing in the 1st Annual Alcatraz Classic, for the fastest swimmers in the world. Everyone here at Water World Swim will be cheering him on!
UPDATE: Cesar Diaz won the 1st Annual Alcatraz Classic in 29:44. We told you to watch out for him!

Water World Swim New Waves

Young swimmers, starting small to become the

Water World Swim Mavericks!

Every year we coaches at Water World Swim are proud to coach and train a number of New Waves, who are 18yrs old and under. These swimmers are the future promises of open water swimming and are stars in the Bay of San Francisco. We would like you to meet these young swimmers as they work hard this season. Water World Swim coaches are proud to see these super stars thriving in every single of our training sessions.

Welcome to our New Waves Junior Coach, Faith Hale! Faith joins us from Laguna Beach, CA where she is an open water swimmer and beach lifeguard! Faith will be working with other New Waves swimmers as a peer support! We are happy to have her with us and have no doubt that her energy, passion for open water, and positive attitude will not only be of great support to her peers, but will help strengthen the open water swimming community as well! Welcome Faith!



JAMES (Little Jimmy) 11 years old, Tiburon, CA. This is Jimmy’s third season training with Water World Swim and the New Waves Program. He has already placed in the world renown Tiburon Mile, has swam Alcatraz and is getting ready for our Golden Gate Bridge Swim on October 15th. Jimmy presently swims and qualifies and places in swims in the NON-Wetsuit division!




Meet Jillian -“When my dad and I first decided to drive to the San Fransisco Bay for a Sunday Water World Swim training session with Coach Pedro, I was extremely nervous; but when I met the the coaches and swimmers I would be sharing this new experience with, relief swept over me and I dove into the freezing water of the bay and felt a rush of cold and then freedom. I’ve been coming back ever since and just successfully completed my first Alcatraz Crossing with Water World Swim on August 20!”


Meet Carmen, 12 years old. In her own words: “I am Carmen. I have been in Water World Swim for five weeks. Before I participated in Water World Swim, I had never swam in the bay. The first day was a bit frightening but Coaches Edna and Pedro gave me lots of tips on how to stroke, how to pay attention to the currents, how to breathe while swimming and so on and so forth. Even though these tips might sound meaningless, they really made my swimming a lot better. Now I can swim for almost a mile. These weeks have given me new insight on how hard and rewarding swimming can be; but most importantly they have been fun!”

Congratulations to our New Waves swimmer Josh Pitkofsky, who received 2nd place in his age group and 20th overall at the Tri-California Alcatraz Challenge with a finishing time of 33:35!




Meet Cade, 12 years old. He has already swam two Envirosports “Sharkfest” events, including one in June along with his brother Brayden. He has been swimming for a year. Not only he was quickly acclimate to the bay but he is also becoming one of the fastest New Wave swimmers!

The New Waves on Sunday! Marcus, Kerrin, Carmen, Cesar, Jillian. They Just keep amazing the WWS coaches.

Find out more about our New Waves Program

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Swedish Paralympics World Champ: Anders Olsson Tests New Limits

Anders Olsson with Water World Swim Text and Photo: Antoinette McIntyre-Andersson

“Believe in yourself. Nothing is impossible.”

These are the words Anders Olsson, a Swedish Paralympics and World champion, lives by. Anders has always been an athlete—beginning as a promising ice hockey player and swimmer in his youth, but a series of medical accidents between 1996 and 1997 left him paralyzed from the waist down and bedridden. It was only after an old friend challenged him to swim in a 3-kilometer open water race in 2002 that Anders found the will to get out of bed. The race was the turning point that would change his life.

Now a decade later, Anders—known in Sweden as “Järnmannen” (“The Iron Man”)—is a household name. He has earned Paralympics, European and World Championship swimming titles. He has set 59 world records. He was voted Best Athlete with a Physical Disability in Sweden three times. “Det finns ingen gräns—there is no limit,” is Anders’ motto.

Besides his notable accomplishments in sports, Anders is also an inspirational speaker. He travels and speaks at 30-40 engagements a year, telling his story to students, sports organizations and businesses, hoping to motivate others with his positive philosophy.

He continues to seek out adventures to test his limits, traveling the world to embark on new challenges. His next adventure takes him to San Francisco, California, where he will compete in the “Swimming with the Centurions” race. More than two hundred participants will swim from Alcatraz, a former prison located on an island 1.5 miles off the California coast, to San Francisco. “I have never been to the States, but I look forward to a rewarding experience. Of course, the highlight of the trip is the race,” said Anders with a smile.

Olsson’s list of several accomplishments include the following:

Paralympics Games – 2004, 2008
World Championships with a physical disability – 2006, 2009, 2010
European Championships with a physical disability – 2009, 2011

Other Competitions
Wasaloppet (Ski competition)– 2005, 2009.
Vansbrosimning (3 km open water swim race) – 2002-2010
Ironman (Kalmar) – 2009

Awards and honors
Best Athlete with a Physical Disability in Sweden – 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Follow Anders and his trip on facebook.

Contact: Antoinette McIntyre-Andersson