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Swim: Extra Alcatraz

Sometimes people are looking for a little extra. So we jump at the north end of the island and swim along the picturesque shoreline to the south tip before making the crossing.

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 time it right, it’s usually a manageable 1.25-1.5 mile swim from the south tip of the island to the San Francisco shoreline.

Sometimes people are looking for a little extra. So we jump at the north end of the island and swim along the picturesque shoreline to the south tip before making the crossing. This makes for a very pleasant first leg of the swim, and brings the total distance up to about 2miles.

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