Scheduled Swims

Scheduled Swims

The Dolphin Club organizes over 25 club swims and two triathlons each year. See scheduled swim calendar here. 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.

Swim Results

2022 Pier 39

March 12, 2022 Pier 39 was a triumph: 45 swimmers, all finished (and credited with a swim toward the Alcatraz and Golden Gate swims) on

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Gashouse Cove Swim

February 13, 2022 This year’s Gashouse Cove swim was swum in 3 heats with no more than 12 to a heat so that the number

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New Year’s Day Alcatraz Qualifier

December 18,2021 The following swimmers completed the NYD Alcatraz Qualifier, and are qualified to swim the SERC NYD Alcatraz Swim. place     f. name        l. name       

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2021 Hundred Mile Challenge

June 1 to October 31, 2021  place             # of miles 1           Tom            Neill                        329 2           Ryan            Utsumi                    230 3           Chris           Wagner                 

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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, 1,360 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.