If you are planning to swim from Alcatraz or across the Golden Gate this
this is the one SFBSA workout that most closely approximates the rough
conditions of these two preeminent Bay Area swims. If you can swim
Point, you can rest assured that youll successfully complete Alcatraz
To accommodate the varying skill levels of all swimmers, we will have
distance options: .65 mile, 1.1 mile and 1.8 mile. All three swims
and finish on the beach.
We will begin the workout promptly at 9:00 a.m. and should conclude no
than 10:30 a.m.
SAFETY Since the objective of SFBSA is to provide you with safe
in which to practice your open-water swimming skills, the following is
offered to enhance your safety and comfort:
The water temperature will be 53 - 55 degrees. I definitely recommend a
wetsuit. You will also be required to wear a brightly colored
***swim cap (for both warmth and safety). Spending $25 for a
Hothead Thermal Cap is highly recommended. All three courses will
the shore. At no time will you ever be in water that is more than
feet deep. If you should have problems, don't panic - simply stand-up
walk out of the water. I will also be in a kayak for safety and
There is no current. After the swim, there are changing facilities
showers. Bring a warm change of clothing. And take it from experience
absent a sauna in which to warm up, you are strongly encouraged to bring
thermos of hot tea or broth. Going for a short 10-20 minute run is also
another excellent method to warm up and there are some scenic jogging
in the park.
REGISTRATION Registration will begin at 8:15 a.m. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED
SHOW PROOF OF U.S. MASTERS SWIMMING MEMBERSHIP (unless youve done so at
of our previous swims).
Since this is not a race, there is no race fee charged. However, there
nominal fee of $3 for SFBSA members and $5 for non SFBSA members.
also a $4 per vehicle Park admission fee.
DIRECTIONS From the North, you literally will be making a Figure 8
off 101 and into the Park. Allow EXTRA time in case you get lost!!
south to Poplar Avenue (you will be going west). Go to the first
light at Humboldt Street and make a right (now you will be going
to Peninsula Avenue and make another right that will take you back over
(you will be going east). Once you get over 101, Peninsula Avenue veers
the left (north) and then clover leafs / u-turns on itself to go south.
your first left onto Coyote and youre at the Park. (Also follow the
directional signs to the Park once you get off 101.)
From the South, take 101 north to the Dore Ave. / N. Bayshore Blvd. exit
follow parallel to 101 until you reach Coyote Point Park.
Stop at the Park Entrance Gate, pay the $4 Park admission fee (per
and then make your first left. Follow the road all the way around to
beach and park. Look for my green Volkswagen Passat station wagon with
AFTERTHOUGHT Coyote Point is a great day trip destination that can
wide variety of opportunities: picnic areas with barbecue pits,
windsurfing, bike riding, jogging, fishing, boating and sailing. There
also the spectacular Coyote Point Museum which is the only environmental
science museum in the Bay Area. Exhibits include six major ecosystems
in the Bay Area. The Wildlife Habitat, adjacent to the museum, houses
reptiles, amphibians, mammals and birds.
This promises to be another most enjoyable morning. If you have friends
are Masters Swimmers and might be interested, please pass the word on to
them. If you have any questions, please contact me at (650) 359-3773.
look forward to seeing you on May 8th. If you would like to receive
swim notices electronically, email me; and thanks for helping save
Gary A. Emich
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