Alcatraz to Kirby Cove

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Feb 16 2020


6:45 AM - 10:15 AM



Alcatraz to Kirby Cove

A small group, open water escape swim.

Enjoy the iconic views of both Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Our 3.6-mile (5.8-km) small group Alcatraz to Kirby Cove swim is dramatic and a blast! This swim is current assisted, which means you’ll swim with the ebb or outgoing tide, enjoying the views and not having to worry too much about your progress or sighting. You’ll swim directly to the sandy beach in the Marin Headlands via the Golden Gate Bridge.


As amazing as the Alcatraz swims are, this one might rank higher than the other in importance. We believe the Anglin Brothers escaped and survived their Escape Swim from Alcatraz Prison in 1962. This route is likely the one they took due to the current and conditions — and we know it like few do! So, if you ask us, this is the ‘Real Escape!’

This swim starts on the north side of Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, close to where the escapees reportedly entered the water. You’ll swim and sight on the Golden Gate Bridge North Tower, taking in the phenomenal views. As you close in on the north tower, you’ll cross under the span (ideally doing backstroke! ;-)) and finish west of the bridge on the sandy, picturesque Kirby Cove Beach.

Don’t worry about the sighting along your swim, we’ll teach you the sighting points on the way out to the jump and are nearby to correct you if you’re swimming off course. In all cases, if you become uncomfortable or want to take a breath, you can come back aboard our escort vessel(s) at any point.

Water Temperature

Winter water temperatures are expected to be 54ºF  or below (12.2ºC) while summer/fall temperatures are typically 56ºF – 60ºF. While we swim year-round in only a swimsuit, cap, and goggles – we’re acclimated. Swim in a swimsuit, wetsuit, or your birthday suit! Just swim and enjoy yourself.

How we’re different

We swim the Golden Gate all the time… and we mean dozens of times during the year. Unlike the mass-market ‘Escape’ swims which charge $250 or more to be one of 25, 50, 300, 400, or even 700+ person herd of swimmers jumping off a ferry or crusty fishing boat, we limit our swim to small groups to give you the personalized attention to this delightful experience you truly deserve!

Please note, this swim, like all of our swims, is not a swim for breaststroke-only swimmers.


Arrange a swim…

If this date doesn’t work for you, get in touch. We can schedule a custom swim to accomplish any of your San Francisco Bay swim goals and can even include the opportunity to have a guest on the boat to watch your swim…




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