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Important Information

  • You must be at least 18 years of age to swim with us. There is no upper age limit.
  • To join us, your swim ability must be (at least) at an intermediate level. You should be able to swim approximately one mile (1650 yards) in the pool. We accept and celebrate all swim speeds.
  • We absorb all registration processing costs. Unlike other sport sites, we do not pass these on to you.
  • You must be confident that you are able to swim your chosen event’s distance. If you are not confident about this, please register for a shorter event first. You can also take open water swim lessons to prepare you for the longer Swim Excursions.
  • We donate a portion of each registration fee to Oceana, to help protect the world’s oceans.
  • Sorry, we cannot refund registration fees.

Preparing for Your Escorted Open Water Swim

Before your first event, you must download, read, and follow the directions on the Liability Waiver/Safety Plan.

Download this free, 7-page Guide to Successful Open Water Swimming with our compliments!

Save Money

Learn how you can pay even less for your choice of Escorted Open Water Swim events with our discount options!


Wednesday Evening Swims

1044571_547494661952982_2046855957_nThese three early-season Escorted Open Water Swims events are a safe and fun way to enter the world of open water swimming. They also prepare triathletes as no other event can. Many swimmers begin with the half-mile in the lake. A week later, they move to one mile in the lake, and finally they challenge themselves with a mile swim in refreshing Puget Sound.

These early escorted open water swims will increase your confidence and performance in the open water. Expect some chop and wind. Wetsuits required for the Alki swim.

Registration is closed for the May 31st event: all spaces are filled.

Wednesday Evening Stress Relief Swim Excursion 7:16:14 - 77Registration for these swims closes at midnight two days before each event, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

Dates: May 31st, June 7th, June 28th
Cost: $40-55

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Tubby Trout 5k Open Water Swim

thThis Lake Washington adventure offers the best possible practice for Seattle’s most elite race, the Fat Salmon Open Water Swim. This challenging event is perfect for those who want to test their endurance in the open water. All swimmers leave with a Golden Trout prize.

Route: We’ll start at Martha Washington Park (South Seattle) and swim south. Enjoy passing some of Seattle’s toniest real estate as you swim! You’ll also get a glimpse of Beer Sheva Park, named after Seattle’s sister city in Israel.

Conquer Your Ironman June 14th 2015This is a challenging event. You may experience strong chop and wind. It’ll definitely provide you with bragging rights!

Registration for this event closes at midnight on Thursday, June 22nd, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

Date: Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Cost: $75

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Pontiac Bay Open Water Challenge

Triathlete running out of the waterJoin us to get a special advantage over your competitors!

Triathletes love this event because it prepares them as nothing else can. Non-triathletes love it because it takes place in a gorgeous area of Pontiac Bay. No matter what kind of swimmer you are, or which route distance you choose, this event will challenge you while you have fun.


There will be no on-site registration.
Registration for this event closes at midnight on Wednesday, July 26th, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

This event takes place in Pontiac Bay. Specific information about the swim start and route are provided in the Welcome Letter you receive a few days after registration.

Date: Saturday, July 29th, 2017
Cost: $60 single loop (1.2 miles), $70 double loop (2.4 miles)

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10K Invitational Open Water Swim


A First for Seattle!

This amazing swim is for experienced open water swimmers only. 10k is considered the “entry distance” for marathon swimming. Route to be announced.

Please e-mail Guila your past open water swim experiences. If accepted, she will provide you with the link to register for this elite event.

Registration for this event closes at midnight on Wednesday, September 13, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Cost: $125

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Saltwater Swim Series


Spend a Day in the Salish Sea

First of its kind in the Northwest, this daylong series of escorted open water swims provides the most fun you’ll have this year. Whether you are new to swimming in Puget Sound or want to challenge yourself with a 1.75-mile ocean swim, there is an event for you.

Choose one route, or swim all three to rack up over 3 miles. Make a day of it! Relax and picnic with family and swim pals between events.

  • The Plunge (.5 mi) 10:30 a.m.
  • The Smiling Mile (1 mi) 12:00 p.m.
  • The Challenger (1.75 mi) 2:00 p.m.

Where: Kayak Point Regional Park in Snohomish County. Make this a true adventure and camp overnight! Details will be sent with your Welcome Letter. Campsites fill up fast, so register soon.

Water temps: Between 55-57 degrees Fahrenheit.
See wetsuit policy below.


Please bring your own picnic items. You can stop in Marysville to pick up food and snacks. We’ll keep the “barby” going to grill items as well as a bonfire to keep you warm between events!

Registration for this event closes at midnight on Thursday, September 21st, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

Date: Sunday, September 24th, 2017
Cost: $40-125

Choose Your Distances


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6th Annual Awesome Alki Bash

You can see starfish and crabs on this refreshing, 1-mile swim along Alki Beach. There’s nothing like the buoyancy of the ocean to make you feel great.

Warm yourself by the bonfire after the swim as you enjoy your fish n’ chips from West Seattle’s famous Spud Restaurant (included in price). We’ll also play the updated Open Water Swim Trivia Game, with fabulous prizes.

Note: You will feel most comfortable in this event if you continue your open water swimming into September and October. There may be strong current and/or wind.

Awesome Alki 2015 - 35 bonfire

Registration for this event closes at midnight on Wednesday October 4th, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

Date: Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Cost: $65


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