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

We have had seven annual Alcatraz swims to date, with over 300 participants. Participants have hailed from California, Oregon, Arizona, Florida, New York, Alaska and Australia. We especially welcome and support disabled veterans. We are prepared to work with novice swimmers, amputees and paraplegics to develop new swimming techniques and have enjoyed great success in doing so.

The coaching and Alcatraz swim are offered Free to participants, thanks to our volunteers and financial supporters. (We are a registered 5013c org and accept donations!) Alcatraz swimmers must Qualify by demonstrating to our Head Coach the necessary skill and endurance to earn a place on the transport boat. Participating in our San Francisco practice sessions is highly recommended.

Check the calendar for coaching sessions and locations.

In order to join this group you must:

**fill out the questionnaire using your real first and last name,

**use a photo of yourself in your human form.

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Upcoming events (5)

Coached Practice (East Bay)

Keller Beach

**Basic Safety Precautions and Limits for COVID19** RSVP’s on Meetup are required for all swims. Drop-ins will not be allowed so we can reduce the check-in process. Each swim session will have a limited number of swimmers. We can train up to 15 swimmers each session. Appropriate physical distancing is required at all times, both in and out of the water. This requires awareness and patience from all of our swimmers, paddle boarders and kayakers. Masks must be worn at all times outside of the water, before and after your swim. Your mask should be placed under your swim cap prior to entering the water, and worn as soon as you exit the water. Please respect all participants in our open water swim program and serve as a role model so that our nonprofit can continue to operate during these times. Family accompaniment is highly encouraged with a respectful request to exercise COVID safety precautions on the shoreline. Coached Practice: 07:00: Meet at the tree line wall at the shore, wear swimsuit under clothing and bring an extra face mask 07:15: Group check in, put on wetsuits and swim gear, receive workout instructions 07:20: SWIM! Bring: • Extra towel and Face Mask to wear after the swim • Jug of warm water to drink and wash feet • Warm up clothes for after • Wetsuit, Goggles, Ear plugs, Brightly colored swim cap (swim buoy advised for new swimmers) • Leave valuables safely locked up in your car AND out of sight. Support Paddle boarders and Kayakers are not required to RSVP so please email Shannon directly for coordinating instructions.

Coached Practice

Aquatic Park

**Basic Safety Precautions and Limits for COVID19** RSVP’s on Meetup are required for all swims. Drop-ins will not be allowed so we can reduce the check-in process. Each swim session will have a limited number of swimmers. We can train up to 15 swimmers each session. Appropriate physical distancing is required at all times, both in and out of the water. This requires awareness and patience from all of our swimmers and kayakers. Masks must be worn at all times outside of the water, before and after your swim. Your mask should be placed under your swim cap prior to entering the water, and worn as soon as you exit the water. Please respect all participants in our open water swim program and serve as a role model so that our nonprofit can continue to operate during these times. If you wish to bring family members, I highly encourage this! The same COVID safety rules apply while sitting in the bleachers. Coached Practice: 09:00: Meet at the bleachers, Wear swimsuit under clothing, Bring extra face mask 09:15: Group check in, put on wetsuits and swim gear, receive workout instructions 09:20: SWIM! Bring: • Extra towel and Face Mask to wear after the swim • Jug of warm water to drink and wash feet • Warm up clothes for after • Wetsuit, Goggles, Ear plugs, Brightly colored swim cap (no blue, purple or white) • Leave valuables safely locked up in your car AND out of sight.

Coached Practice (East Bay)

Keller Beach

**Basic Safety Precautions and Limits for COVID19** RSVP’s on Meetup are required for all swims. Drop-ins will not be allowed so we can reduce the check-in process. Each swim session will have a limited number of swimmers. We can train up to 15 swimmers each session. Appropriate physical distancing is required at all times, both in and out of the water. This requires awareness and patience from all of our swimmers, paddle boarders and kayakers. Masks must be worn at all times outside of the water, before and after your swim. Your mask should be placed under your swim cap prior to entering the water, and worn as soon as you exit the water. Please respect all participants in our open water swim program and serve as a role model so that our nonprofit can continue to operate during these times. Family accompaniment is highly encouraged with a respectful request to exercise COVID safety precautions on the shoreline. Coached Practice: 07:00: Meet at the tree line wall at the shore, wear swimsuit under clothing and bring an extra face mask 07:15: Group check in, put on wetsuits and swim gear, receive workout instructions 07:20: SWIM! Bring: • Extra towel and Face Mask to wear after the swim • Jug of warm water to drink and wash feet • Warm up clothes for after • Wetsuit, Goggles, Ear plugs, Brightly colored swim cap (swim buoy advised for new swimmers) • Leave valuables safely locked up in your car AND out of sight. Support Paddle boarders and Kayakers are not required to RSVP so please email Shannon directly for coordinating instructions.

Coached Practice

Aquatic Park

**Basic Safety Precautions and Limits for COVID19** RSVP’s on Meetup are required for all swims. Drop-ins will not be allowed so we can reduce the check-in process. Each swim session will have a limited number of swimmers. We can train up to 15 swimmers each session. Appropriate physical distancing is required at all times, both in and out of the water. This requires awareness and patience from all of our swimmers and kayakers. Masks must be worn at all times outside of the water, before and after your swim. Your mask should be placed under your swim cap prior to entering the water, and worn as soon as you exit the water. Please respect all participants in our open water swim program and serve as a role model so that our nonprofit can continue to operate during these times. If you wish to bring family members, I highly encourage this! The same COVID safety rules apply while sitting in the bleachers. Coached Practice: 09:00: Meet at the bleachers, Wear swimsuit under clothing, Bring extra face mask 09:15: Group check in, put on wetsuits and swim gear, receive workout instructions 09:20: SWIM! Bring: • Extra towel and Face Mask to wear after the swim • Jug of warm water to drink and wash feet • Warm up clothes for after • Wetsuit, Goggles, Ear plugs, Brightly colored swim cap (no blue, purple or white) • Leave valuables safely locked up in your car AND out of sight.

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Coached Practice

Aquatic Park

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