Swim Piloting

Swim: Marin Headlands

We were initially planning to swim from Fort Point to Aquatic Park, but gusty north winds were making the original plan look unwise and unfun. But flexibility is key to having fun when swimming, and there’s almost always a good …

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Swim: Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge

Kate & Rory came up to visit San Francisco after Kate completed a Catalina swim the week before. The swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge is about 9 miles, but it goes pretty quickly when you …

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Swim: Escape to Alcatraz!

The classic swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco is a well trodden path. But the tides aren’t always right for it, and it’s also kind of a short swim. A really fun alternative is the Escape TO Alcatraz… or rather …

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Swim Ocean Beach to Aquatic Park

This is a fun one…. never too far from shore, but with plenty of tricky current and swell to deal with. Sarah and the DFS team left Ocean Beach at the beginning of the flood with Steve, Terry and Kel …

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Point Bonita to China Beach

This is just an incredibly tricky swim. Point Bonita on the Marin shoreline to the San Francisco side. Distance is only 3.5 miles. It’s difficult to because it’s exposed to the ocean, it crosses the main shipping channel in and …

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Angel Island Row, Camp ‘n Swim

A fun swim with some of my fellow Dolphin Club members. Cyrus, Steve and Kaitlin decided to swim around Angel Island before breakfast. Distance 5 miles. Timed to catch the last of the ebb and the beginning of the flood!…

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Oakland to SF (and Back again!)

So Jari is a machine in the water. Rumor has it he was on the Finnish national team. No-one’s going to question that. So we’re looking at the Dolphin Club record board, and something crops up. The women hold all …

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Tomales Bay Swim

Tomales Bay is a long narrow bay about an hour’s drive from San Francisco by Point Reyes National Seashore. In the summer months, the water in the lower reaches of the Bay can become downright pleasant, and sometimes it feels …

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Swimming in San Francisco Bay…

It didn’t happen overnight, but over the last several months I’ve been swimming more and more in the bay. Now I’m hooked. Like running, it gives you a bit of a high, and after a while you begin to crave …

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