The Alcatraz Invitational Swim is an open water swimming competition hosted by the South End Rowing Club in San Francisco, California. Its record is held by Bob Placak, set in 1989 in 1 hour 5 minutes.
Both Suits and Skins divisions are offered. Swimmers 14 and under need to have the permission of the race director to swim.
The water in San Francisco Bay in September is typically around 60 to 62°F (15 to 17°C).
90 minutes is the maximum, but we take each swimmer’s situation into consideration and encourage every swimmer to finish. Ultimately we take direction from the US Coast Guard and San Francisco Police Department as to when to end the swim – especially in the shipping channel. Slower swimmers may be repositioned so they can safely finish the swim.
Ice swimming is a serious emerging sport in which athletes swim in icy waters of 41 degrees Fahrenheit (five degrees Celsius) or below with only one swim cap, a pair of goggles, and a regular swim suit – meaning no wetsuit.
6-person relay that brings in many accomplished pool and open water swimmers including world open water swimming champions, FINA World Cup and FINA Grand Prix pro swimmers, and NCAA and Olympic Trial qualifiers and top masters swimmers from dozens of states and countries