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 Triathlon 2011

Congratulations to all the participants of the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon 2011!

Many of the swimmers commented on how calm the waters were that day. That is the smoothest we’ve seen it in a long time and really lucked out with the weather. We received great feedback from our swimmers who did the Water World Swim Alcatraz Clinics and our Alcatraz Triathlon Clinic series:

Randy Perkins: Did 5 crossing practice swims with WWS in preparation for 2011 Escape from Alcatraz.  On more than one occasion no one made it across without repositioning but we learned something new on each attempt.  From swimming in extreme choppy conditions for over an hour to fighting a back eddy of 2+ knots 200 yards off shore in 50 degree water, WWS prepared me for any condition on race day.  My first successful and fastest crossing came on June 5th thanks to Pedro, Rene, Jake, Ann, George and all the WWS coaches! Thank you!!! …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Ron Brown: Coach Pedro, I would like to thank you and your coaching staff for the great job in training me for the Escape. It paid off. I hit my mark straight into the middle of the beach. As you know water conditions were great. I really enjoyed the swim. I’m looking forward to seeing you periodicaly on the weekends to swim and for next years Escape …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Gabe Paulson: Doing the swims and crossing with you, Jake and Pedro was very helpful.  I’ll be back and see if I can cut 5-10 min off my time for next year. The biking went the best – thanks Jake for doing the course a couple times. The run was the hardest, didn’t practice bricks, dropped to 12 min miles.  Next time! Thanks again! …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Marcin Marzek: I would like to thank all of you guys for support, good advices and Thursday swim! You are awesome! I made it! It took me 38 minutes. Swim was relaxed, without struggling, straight to the beach! You guys are doing incredible job advising participants of this race and You are such a great crew! Thanks again and hope to see you again!

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Leica Carpo: Big hugs to Water World Swim for my best and longest successful swim ever!!

Leica had a challenging race, read her report here

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Kathleen Burke: I would not have completed the swim without the amazing support, encouragement and coaching of all of you! Thank you Pedro, Rene, Jake, Joseph, Edna and George! I’m happy to report that you prepared me so well that I didn’t see you during the race which means I was on course! And Joseph, no leaky goggles. Finally!

Read her entire race report on her blog!

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Christine Bertram: The current was a rather funny thing… I thought the whole swim I was going in a straight line towards the shore!

Christine’s first sea swim and race report!


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Congrats to  all of you from Water World Swim ! We’ll keep adding more feedback  and stories as they come in.

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