Scheduled Swims

Scheduled Swims

The Dolphin Club organizes 20+ club swims and two triathlons each year. See the scheduled swim calendar for dates. 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 challenge
  • OR complete the 40-mile Polar Bear swim challenge
  • OR complete the “Accelerated Out-of-Cove Process”; contact the swim commissioners for information and the form

Ready for your first club swim? Wonderful! We are thrilled you will be joining us. Check out the swim rules and tips for everything need to know.

Swim Results

2023 Crissy Field

October 14, 2023 The last group swim of the 2023 DC swim season was Crissy Field, one of the longest of our group swims.  A

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2023 Joe Bruno Golden Gate

September 23, 2023 Sixty-one (61) swimmers completed the annual Golden Gate swim named for Joe Bruno, who swam the Golden Gate so many times. Pilots:

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2023 Alcatraz

August 26, 2023 A crowded day in the waters between Alcatraz and the cove, with at least one other group running an Alcatraz swim, led

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2023 Bay Bridge Swim

July 9, 2023 The wind was strong during the test swim and remained strong or stronger on the day of the swim, so the actual

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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.

DC/SERC Triathlon

The DC/SERC Triathlon has been a tradition for over over 40 years. This epic battle between members of the Dolphin and South End clubs, comprises boat races around Alcatraz, a swim leg leg from Yacht Harbor stairs to the SE/DC beach, and a seven mile run to Fort Point and Back. Participation equals points.