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Swim: Round-Trip Alcatraz

It’s about 1.3 miles from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park, and if you time it right, the currents are usually manageable. But if you want to swim out and around Alcatraz, and then go back it’s about 3.5 miles, and the …

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Swim: Extra Alcatraz

Popular lore has it that Alcatraz is a difficult swim. And it probably was if you were a prison inmate who couldn’t swim, and who didn’t understand the tides and currents.

But if you have a good pilot who can …

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Swim: Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers is a very popular running event, usually held in mid-May in San Francisco. It’s a seven mile run across town from the Ferry building to Ocean Beach. Some people take it seriously, but for most it’s a …

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Angel Island Swim & Picnic

What a blast. We took 100 swimmers from the Dolphin Club over to Angel Island for my third annual swim and picnic. Weather conditions were wild on the way over, and it was quite a challenge for those who rowed, …

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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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