Take The Rock Veterans Swim Challenge is a combined swim training swim event aimed at people who have served in any branch of the U.S. military.  (No Experience Necessary!) The organizers are veterans and our goal is to prepare and successfully swim from Alcatraz Island to the beach in San Francisco, a distance of approximately 1.3 miles.

Last year we had 30 swimmers, including disabled veterans, and this year we are hoping to attract 75 or more swimmers.  We especially welcome and support those with physical disabilities.

There is no charge for the coaching or the Alcatraz swim.  We are all volunteers and most or all the costs will be covered by the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley, the Nadadores Locos Swim Club, and the volunteers themselves.

Whether you wish to be a swimmer, an escort kayaker, coach, boat captain, or a volunteer please simply JOIN and in the first word of your self-introduction identify yourself as either "Swimmer", "Volunteer", Boat Captain, Volunteer, or "Coach".  That will help us keep track of who is who.

Welcome!!!  This is going to be fun!

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Recent Meetups

  • 2 days ago · 12:00 PM

    Informal swim with Loco Michael

    5 Aqua Vets | 5.00

    Good day to build endurance working against a strong incoming current - left to right as you face the Bay.  Suggest working the buoy line, or do a partial west-side cove... Learn more
  • 5 days ago · 10:00 AM

    Coached Practice

    16 Aqua Vets | 5.00

    Coached Practice 10:00: Meet at the bleachers 10:15: Group  check in and workout instructions 10:20: SWIM!
  • August 27 · 6:00 PM

    Practice with John Sims

    6 Aqua Vets | 5.00

    Get there early, be suited up and ready b4 6pm Feet wet NLT 6:10pm
  • August 25 · 12:00 PM

    Practice swim Tuesday

    2 Aqua Vets

    Meet at the bleachers at 12:00, feet wet at 12:10.  This group is not for inexperienced bay swimmers.  Must be able to safely swim your own swim inside the cove.
  • August 22 · 10:00 AM

    3rd Qualifying Swim: Outside/Inside

    21 Aqua Vets | 5.00 | 15 Photos

    Coached Practice 10:00: Meet at the bleachers 10:15: Group  check in and workout instructions 10:20: SWIM! Our swim will be towards the end of a very mild ebb tide as... Learn more
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  • Earle Conklin founded "Take The Rock" Veteran Swim Challenge

    on August 8

Founded Aug 8, 2013

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