Group Swims

These swims are organized group training swims in the Bay. Most of our swimmers are there to train, have fun, practice their open water skills, acclimate to the cold, and avoid smelling like chlorine. We swim rain or shine!

2013 Saturday Group Swims

Our Saturday Group Swims are back! These swims are perfect for people who prefer to swim with others and who want to increase their endurance and speed in the water. These casual, low-key workouts among friendly, encouraging swimmers and coaches will help you train for your upcoming race and help you enjoy swimming in open water just a little bit more. All are welcome, no matter your speed or what event you are training for.

It is NOT necessary to sign up for these swims in advance. You are welcome to simply show up and pay before the swim.

These will be "workout" style swims. These will not be "coached swims." There will be a kayak leader giving the course and watching over swimmers in the water. There will NOT be any formal stroke / skill instruction or practice.

Time: 11:00 am meeting time.

Price: $15

April 13 through (and including) June 3, 2013

Swim Length:
50 minutes, or approximately 1.5 miles

Location: Aquatic Park. For directions, see the Information and FAQ page.

Meeting Place: We meet on the grassy hillside at the end of the Van Ness Avenue. This is next to the Van Ness Avenue parking area.

Wetsuit Rentals: $45. More info about that is on the Open Water Info page.

Map and Directions:
See our detailed map of the Aquatic Park area for parking spots, bathrooms, and landmarks. Google map here. For driving and bus directions, see the Information and FAQ page under "Aquatic Park Directions."

Notes about Aquatic Park:
- we change on the grass, so it's a good idea to come with swim suit on underneath your clothes.
- we leave our belongings on the grass while we swim. It is safe.
- the nearest bathroom is about a 5-minute walk away, in Ghirardhelli Square
- there are no showers at AP. there are private showers at the Dolphin Club and South End Rowing Club. For $6.50 you can drop in to one of the clubs and use their shower and sauna.

Your first swim:
If this is your first swim with us, please sign our WAIVER and bring it with you. Once you arrive for the swim, please introduce yourself to one of the coaches and give us your waiver and payment. We will give you a green cap and ask you to sign in on the Sign In Sheet. Please be sure to sign out after your swim, too! Please read about the two groups (below) and decide which is right for you. There is no need to sign up ahead of time, but if you have any questions about which group you belong in or about the structure of our swims, please contact us. If this is your first swim EVER in open water, or in the Bay, you'll find some basic info about Getting Your Feet Wet on our Facebook page.

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