Alcatraz is the most famous and iconic open water swim available, attracting athletes worldwide. The challenge of tackling the cold waters of San Francisco Bay provides a unique and memorable experience. It’s an ideal swim for experienced open water swimmers, offering an invigorating challenge that you’ll always remember.
With the stunning backdrop of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and gorgeous San Francisco skyline views, Alcatraz provides an unbeatable swimming experience.
Affordable and Enjoyable
For groups of six or fewer, our Classic Alcatraz Escape swims start at $235/per person. If space is available, guests over 18 years of age who are not swimming may join us for $135/per person. We also offer solo and private swims, the prices of which vary. If you’re traveling to San Francisco to join us, ask us about our Cancel for Any Reason plan, which offers flexible refunds due to cancellation for any reason.
Group swims require all participants to be roughly the same pace for it to be a success. As always, we’ll work with you to find the best swim for your ability and speed.
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Classic Alcatraz Escape
Duration: 45-Mins +/-
The most popular Alcatraz course for good reason. This 1.5-mile cross-current swim is challenging but not particularly difficult if you’re a moderately experienced swimmer. It takes about 45 minutes to complete.
GGB to Alcatraz
Duration: 40-Mins +/-
We think this is the best Alcatraz course. This 3-mile swim is super fun, gorgeous, and fulfilling. It’s also the easiest Alcatraz swim, thanks to a solid push from the current. Most of the course often has somewhat calm seas and definitely has the best possible SF views!
Alcatraz to Angel Island
Duration: 45-Mins +/-
This course is specially designed to accommodate time-limited schedules. It’s the perfect Alcatraz swim for a day when the current is flooding, and you’re schedule doesn’t permit the Classic Escape because of the current.
Mile Rocks to Alcatraz
Duration: 90-Mins +/-
Join us for this ‘Outside the Gate’ swim – a six-mile adventure through open ocean waters and rolling swells! For those with moderate experience in open water, this swim is perfect for pushing yourself and challenging your swimming skills.
Prison to Prison
Duration: 3-Hrs +/-
Alcatraz to San Quentin, a great swim experienced locals love. This eight-mile, current-assisted swim is a ton of fun with various views and water conditions. If you’re training for a longer event, add this to your schedule… You won’t regret it.
Round Trip Alcatraz
Duration: 2-Hours +/-
A fun way to challenge yourself. Swim from SF out, around, and back to the city waterfront. It takes about two hours and is only available when the current permits since it requires a slack tide as you round the island. We love this one!