Swim Program Rules


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General Qualifications

  1. Club scheduled swims are restricted to club members in good standing only.
  2. Swimmers are required to wear fluorescent orange caps on all scheduled swims.
  3. For out-of cove swims, swimmers must be members in good standing with club dues current, $50 swim fees paid, and a current USMS/PMS card on file. In-cove swims are free and open to all members in good standing.
  4. New members are not eligible to swim in scheduled out-of-cove swims for six months from their membership start. However, if one successfully completes the 100-mile swim or 40-mile Polar Bear swim before their six months are up, they can participate in out-of-cove swims.  New members can also complete the “Accelerated Out-of-Cove Process,” which involves swimming eight one-mile swims in the Cove with prior approval of one of the Swim Commissioners.  Contact DolphinSwimCommissioner@gmail.com for the form, prior to beginning this process.
  5. Swimmers must be in attendance at briefing prior to each swim in order to participate.
  6. Swim sign-up sheets are typically posted two weeks prior to each swim.
  7. Time limits are imposed and enforced for all swims.
  8. All club boats, kayaks, rescue boards, and SUPs are reserved for scheduled swims.
  9. No swim aids, including wetsuits, fins and paddles, among others, are allowed on scheduled Dolphin Club swims.

Additional qualifications for Alcatraz and Golden Gate Swims

  • (10) In-town members must successfully complete three swims and pilot or help on at least three scheduled swims.
  • (11) Out-of-town members (those residing 100+ miles from the club) must have successfully completed two of the last three club scheduled Alcatraz and/or Golden Gate swims or meet Rule 10 above.