Santa Cruz hosts 2 swims that count as Qualifying Swims for Golden Gate and Alcatraz. The 1-mile is Saturday, July 30, and the 2-mile is Sunday, July 31. The 1-mile is popular with the pool crowd. The 2-mile is more for ocean swimmers. These events are hosted by Santa Cruz Masters. A few ‘Phins go every year. Look for the orange caps on the beach and swimmers who swear the water is too warm.