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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.

We also recommend downloading our 5 Tips for Successful Open Water Swimming pdf.

Save Money

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


Saltwater Swim Series

New for 2016!

images-1First of its kind in the Northwest, this daylong series of open water swim events in Puget Sound provides the most fun you’ll have all summer. Whether you are new to swimming in Puget Sound or want to challenge yourself with a 1.75-mile ocean swim, these escorted swims offer a late-summer treat that can’t be beat.

Choose one event, 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.

SPECIAL BONUS: “Learn to Paddleboard” demo, presented by racer Edgar Valentin. Edgar will present at 1:15 p.m. Don’t miss this free opportunity to learn from a paddleboarding expert and try it out for yourself.

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.

images-4Please 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 September 15th, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

Date: Sunday, September 18th, 2016
Cost: $30-95

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Mercer Island 6K

New for 2016!

images-6This amazing swim, for experienced open water swimmers only, takes you around the southern tip of Mercer Island. Finish your outdoor swim season with a bang! Expect wind, chop, and the excitement of an elite event. Actually between 5k and 6k, this is the swim you’ll want to work up to all summer. It’s not for the faint-of-heart!

Start location is on Mercer Island and will be provided in the detailed Welcome Letter sent to registered swimmers.

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

Date: Sunday, September 25th, 2016
Cost: $75

Note: Those who registered for the 2015 Tubby Trout will receive a crisp, new ten dollar bill when they register for this event.

Email Us to Register

To be accepted for this swim, you must send Guila a short description of your distance open water swim experience. E-mail her at with a short paragraph describing your experiences. Once you are approved, Guila will provide the link to register.

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Agua Fresca 1-or 2-mile Challenge

Lake Washington is at its gorgeous best in early October. Use this Escorted Open Water Swim to extend your summer just a little bit longer. That hot chocolate will taste great afterward!

This event starts and ends in South Seattle. Plenty of kayak support makes this a safe and enjoyable adventure, possibly with chop and wind. There is a porta-potty available.

End your season in the lake with a swim you will remember!

beautiful lake swimRegistration for this event closes at midnight on Thursday September 29, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

Date: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
Cost: $55 / $65

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Awesome Alki

1897901_10203263867020571_990081114_nYou 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).

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 bonfireRegistration for this event closes at midnight on Wednesday October 12, or when all spaces are filled. Register early to secure your place.

Date: Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Cost: $55


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