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.
New Year’s Day Alcatraz and Cove
January 1, 2023 The following swimmers braved the cold water and completed the New Year’s Day Alcatraz swim, sponsored yearly by SERC. This swim was
2022-100 Mile Challenge
The 100 mile challenge is run from June 1 to October 31 each year, and while 29 swimmers completed at least 100 miles during the
2022 Alcatraz swim
October 29, 2022 Conditions were nearly perfect for the last group swim of the year: minimum wind, glassy smooth bay, and a tide that turned
2022 Joe Bruno Golden Gate results
October 15, 2022 Although the sky was overcast, the spirits of the swimmers, helpers and pilots were bright. The swim went well though a tanker
2022 Fort Point Swim results
August 27, 2022 Fort Point, the longest group swim at 3 miles, was held with nearly perfect conditions. The tide was running quickly and the
2022 Bay Bridge Swim results
July 17, 2022 The first Bay Bridge swim since 2019 was wonderful. There were two groups at the start, a slower group starting 10 minutes
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.