The Dolphin Club organizes over 25 club swims and two triathlons each year. See scheduled swim calendar. Scheduled swims occur both in- and out-of-cove. As you swim, you will be accompanied by Dolphin pilots in rowboats, stand up paddle board, kayaks, and motorized water craft. Pilots are there to help keep you safe from other boaters and to assist you if you need support. Our swims have a 3:1 swimmer-to-pilot ratio.
There are four ways for new members to become eligible to participate in scheduled out-of-cove club swims:
- Be a member in good standing for at least six months
- OR complete the 100-mile swim within your first six months of membership
- OR complete the 40-mile Polar Bear swim within your first six months of membership
- OR complete the “Accelerated Out-of-Cove Process”; contact the swim commissioners for information and the form
Ready for your first swim? Wonderful! We are thrilled you will be joining us. Here are some things you need to know.
2023 Yacht Harbor
May 20, 2023 A good day for a swim: because of the conditions during the test swim, the jump for the swim was moved back
2023 Coghlan Beach Swim
A good day for a swim: the water was a little chilly, some turbulence near the opening, but those who finished have a qualifying swim
2022-2023 Polar Bear Results
Dec. 21, 2022 to Mar. 21, 2023 Multiple atmospheric rivers brought heavy rains, severe floods, and damaging winds to the Bay Area in the winter
2023 Pier 39
March 12, 2023 A break from the storm, conditions were perfect. Not much rain, no wind, strong ebb, glassy water all the way. Those who
2023 Gashouse Cove
2023 Gashouse Cove February 18, 2023 Cold air, cold water, not much push from the tide, so a tough swim. Those who finished have a
2023 Pier 41 swim
January 28, 2023 Although a foggy day, there was enough clearance for the swim to proceed. The ebb tide was strong and the swimmers raced
Escape from Alcatraz (EFAT)
We have sponsored the original
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (EFAT) for over 40 years. Open only to members of the Dolphin and South End clubs, the race comprises an Alcatraz-to-Aquatic Park swim (1.5 miles), a bicycle leg that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge and ends in Old Mill Park (12 miles), and the notorious Double Dipsea run (14 miles, 4,600 feet of elevation gain). Individuals and relay teams may compete. In the evening, there is a celebratory dinner at the Dolphin Club where you may claim your official Escape from Alcatraz belt buckle.