Alcatraz Swims: April 27, July 6 & September 21, 2019

Come join us for the ultimate Bay Area open water swim! This event is not a race, just a friendly swim in an exciting, safe, and comfortable environment. It is a great opportunity for those training for similar events, including the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, or people who just want an unforgettable, world famous swimming experience! 

  • Approximately 2 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. This swim is for relatively strong swimmers. You should be able to do this distance in a pool (140 lengths of a 25 yard pool) or during our regular group open water swims in Berkeley without stopping. Feel free to contact us if you're not sure if you are up for it.

  • Only $135 per event. There is a $50 late registration fee within one month of the swim.

  • In addition to the swim itself, registration includes an event t-shirt and a yellow silicone Odyssey swim cap.

  • All Alcatraz swims will take place in the morning, usually meeting in San Francisco between 5 and 8am. The registration page shows an approximate check-in time, but swimmers will receive an email prior to the event with finalized details.

Click the button below for registration. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Private Alcatraz Swims

We're available to schedule private solo or group Alcatraz swims, as well. All Alcatraz Swims include a pre-swim briefing by one of our experienced guides, a yellow silicone swim cap, and an Alcatraz Swim sticker. All swims are supported by a Coast Guard Certified Boat Captain and one or more Odyssey guides.

Enter your info below if you're interested in a private Alcatraz Swim. Questions? Email us at

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"Flash" Alcatraz

We often host solo Alcatraz swimmers who want some company! Many of these swims are weekday mornings, sometimes on short notice. If you'd like a chance to participate, please join the list below. We'll send an email out and accept swimmers first-come-first-serve. $125 per crossing.

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