Sunriser Swims

Sunriser Swims



"Another day in paradise
Another day in which to excel
Another day in which we don't give up, we don't give in, we don't give over
Sunrisers don't accept limitations."
-- original Sunrisers chant said before each swim

The club has free "first come, first serve" sunriser swims that occur around dawn.  Bob Roper, who famously holds the fastest Golden Gate swim record (17 minutes 21 seconds), created the Sunriser swim concept. He got the club to purhcase our beloved motor-powered inflatable boats and piloted for almost every sunriser for the the first several years.  As Bobby says, "anything worth doing is worth overdoing" (among other Roperisms like "shut up and swim!" and "it's going to be GREAT!"). Bobby also created many of our nutcracker swims such as Point Bonita to Club, Bay2Breakers (Bay Bridge to Ocean Beach), Candlestick Park to Club, and Round-trip Angel Island, the definite marathon swim in the Bay.

Sunriser swims are out-of-cove swims that can vary in length and distance.  All sunriser swims are with the current and finish at the club. Some popular sunriser swims are:
  • Pier 7
  • Exploratorium
  • Pier 39
  • Alcatraz
  • Coghlan Beach
  • Yacht Harbor
  • Anita Rock

All sunriser swims are a "first come, first serve" basis and only happen if at least one pilot has volunteered!

Sunriser swims don't have many rules, but the ones that we do have for them are:
  • First come, first serve basis
  • All sunriser swims are FREE!
  • Only club members may participate in sunriser swims
  • You MUST have a blinkie if any sunriser swims occur before sunrise (espeically in the winter!)
  • You MUST sign up for the swim in the book at the club the morning of the swim AND check yourself in after you are done with the swim.

To see the sunriser schedule or sign up to pilot a sunriser, click here.



The legendary Bob Roper piloting.