Equality California
2011 Swim for Equality | Alcatraz

2011 Swim for Equality - Alcatraz

On Sunday, June 26, join us for a 1.2-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the Aquatic Park to raise critical awareness and funds for LGBT rights in California.

The Swim begins with a boat jump at Alcatraz and ends back at the beach at Aquatic Park. This is a challenging 1.2 mile swim across a fairly strong current. Kayaks and motorized support craft will fill the course to watch for people's safety.

When you sign up to swim or help a swimmer fundraise, you’ll be joining a dedicated group of people who want to make a difference in the fight for equality for LGBT Californians. You’ll also get access to online fundraising tools and a support network to help you train and hit your fundraising goal.

If you are not an open water swimmer but would still like to get involved, join a Swimmer's fundraising team and become a Swim Advocate.


Information for Alcatraz Swimmers

Pre-requisites: You must be able to swim one mile comfortably in open water in 50 minutes or less, and you must have completed at least two open water swims. Consider signing up with www.swim-art.com for open water clinics at Aquatic Park.

Equipment to have: sunscreen, bottle of warm water to clean off sand after swim, body glide or Vaseline, goggles, swim suit, wetsuit (optional) and lots of warm clothes.

Also, check out this page for more information on How to Participate in the Swim.

Schedule and Route

Sunday, June 26

Registration: 8 a.m. at Aquatic Park on Fisherman's Wharf, at the intersection of Beach and Hyde Streets.

Boats Depart for Alcatraz: 9 a.m.

Gunshot: 10 a.m.

Finish: Aquatic Park. Friends, family and supporters are invited to join the swimmers for a special Finish Line Party to celebrate their successes. Please arrive at 11 a.m.

Thanks to Our Partner!

Swim Art has been offering open water swimming programs in San Francisco Bay since 2004. The organization runs clinics, group training swims and classic San Francisco Bay swims like Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Swim Art's mission is to share their love of swimming with others by introducing people to open water swimming, offering challenging swims and helping swimmers to train.

This year Swim Art is graciously partnering with the Swim for Equality to help launch the first annual Alcatraz Swim. We're very grateful for their support and their commitment to equality!


Please contact Michael Holtz with questions at swim@eqca.org or 239.777.0878.












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