Catalina Channel Is Open For Business

Catalina Channel Is Open For Business

Courtesy of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation, San Pedro Channel, California.

Swims across the Catalina Channel were shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic. No applications were accepted. No escort boats were running. No crossings were officially observed.

But the opportunity to cross the 32.3 km channel has returned.

Southern California mainland near Terranea, the traditional finish point of Catalina Channel crossings.
Catalina Channel swimmers Nora Toledano, Elizabeth Fry, Sally Minty-Gravett MBE

Forrest Nelson of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation announced that swim applications and payments are accepted for swims scheduled in 2021. He writes, “The COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. The rates of infections, hospitalizations, and deaths are still high. However, the pace of vaccination in the United States and other public health measures give good cause for confidence that, by our summer swim season, it will be possible to safely conduct Catalina Channel swims.

It will be essential that all swimmers, support crews, swim observers, and boat crews work together and carefully follow all public health recommendations. The professional navigators, who make these swims possible, have diligently adopted procedures for the safety of all people on their boats. We must all follow those procedures. The CCSF Portal will now accept completed swim applications and payments. Keep in mind that travel to the Los Angeles area may be difficult. Travel restrictions, especially for international flights, and quarantine requirements are likely to continue for some time and add uncertainty to planning for your Catalina swim.

Please review the Travel Advisory on the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 site. We continue to monitor the situation and meet regularly by teleconference. We will keep you updated as we respond to developing events. Please send your questions to”

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Photo above shows Pat Gallant-Charette taken by Brian Fitzgerald.

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