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"Take The Rock" Veteran Swim Challenge Pages

Take The Rock Instructions and Information

The Take the Rock Swim is scheduled for October 1st, 2017. It is our 5th annual swim and all signs point to this being the biggest year yet with over 30 people from around the country registering in January.

As stated elsewhere, our swim is open to active-duty military and veterans. Servicemembers and vets can bring along immediate family members to do the swim and training with them. We are proud to say that all of this is provided free of cost to participants.

On the day of the swim, we'll start with a safety briefing, load up on carbs, fat and water, and get on the Transport Boat to be taken out to the "Jump Point" where we'll be met by the escort kayakers. We'll get sighting directions from the Swim Director, and when he gives the order to jump we'll start our swim to the beach at Aquatic Park.

The Alcatraz event will be preceded by training swims and three required qualification swims which aim at bringing you forward in open water skill and endurance. The Alcatraz event will begin with mandatory breakfast briefings at the assembly point.

The Rock is a little more than a mile from the beach at Aquatic Park, so by the time we make our jump we'll have already shown that we can swim a distance of two miles in Aquatic Park, and we can swim in wave conditions. The coaches are going to teach us how to do this, so it's up to us to pay careful attention.

Practice as often as possible!!! Stay in the water for at least an hour when you practice.

Qualifying Swims:

The three Required Qualification Swims that we will do in groups and led by Locos coaches:

1) Introduction to Open Water Swimming: Acclimate to sea water in the Bay, do some laps, float, learn how to trust your wetsuit and use the extra buoyancy of salt water.

2) Endurance and Skill Development: We’ll practice the special skills that will help us demonstrate the ability to swim a distance of 2 miles in the Aquatic Park environment. No time limit. By now you will know and have practiced the techniques for endurance in open water. Your comfort level will be high. We’ll do the “Two Loops” swim within Aquatic Park Cove.

3) Open Water Conditions Experience: We will try out our new skill set on a swim out thru the entrance to Aquatic Park and a short distance to the SF Bay in order to experience swimming in wave conditions. Once you complete this requirement you will have the skills, the endurance, and the confidence for a successful Alcatraz swim.

To learn more about our swim, visit our Take the Rock website.

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