Open Water Swimming


After becoming comfortable in the pool you can work your way into open water. Mission Bay offers a great way to get used to open water swimming without having to deal with heavy waves or deep swells. Mission Bay, and at times Glorietta Bay on Coronado, are where we offer our beginning open water swim programs. The distances vary, but are usually 1000 meters – enough to get used to swimming without lane lines and sighting buoys. Wetsuits are recommended so you can simulate a real race swim. This is a great way to get over your fear of open water. Don’t worry, you’re never far from shore and our coaches are always nearby to offer words of encouragement. This is not the place to learn how to swim, however, it’s a great place to work on your swimming if you don’t like pools. Please see the workout calendar for the latest times and dates.


Open water swimming can be a lot of fun, especially here in San Diego. We are fortunate to have many opportunities to swim in the ocean. Depending on the day of the week, we have organized swims at La Jolla Shores, La Jolla Cove, and Fletcher Cover in Solana Beach. There are often other swims at Tamarack beach in Carlsbad as well. The Cove swims happen Friday night at 6:00pm and Sunday morning. Once a month we have a potluck on the grass above The Cove. Monday night at 6:00pm we meet at La Jolla Shores. The distances in these swims varies from 1/2 mile to 2 miles depending on your strength. This is a great place to get used to the ocean while still feeling like you’re in a protected bay. Since the Cove is a protected ecological park you’ll also likely see a lot of marine life on your swim as well. The ocean swims are held in Spring, Summer, and Fall. During the winter many people continue to get together and swim, although not quite as frequently.