Senior Pilot Reptile (aka Tom Linthicum) piloting our Angel Island club swim.
Welcome to the Pilots Corner!
This section of the SERC website is dedicated to the Club’s swim piloting program. It contains information for swim pilots, prospective pilots and swim/race directors.
Most out-of-the-Cove swims require some kind of pilot support. That pilot support can come in the form of a kayak, SUP, a rowboat or motorized craft. For the purpose of this section of the website, “pilot” refers to the use of motorized craft.
Levels of Pilot Certification
We have 5 levels of pilot certification. They are:
You can read about each level of piloting in this document Pilot Policy 2017.
In addition to the above, there is a Piloting Committee, drawn from the ranks of Senior Pilots, who working with the Swim Commissioner oversee the piloting program.
Finding a Pilot
When reaching out to pilots, please choose the correct distribution list based on your need (e.g., Accompany Pilots can’t go outside of the Gate and only Lead Pilots can lead a Club swim).
Even before you take the class, anyone can go out as a co-pilot with an existing pilot as swims come up on the calendar. This will give you a chance to practice driving the boat (conditions permitting), learn from a current pilot and to experience a swim from above the waterline. Anyone can sign up on the volunteer list for a club swim to co-pilot. It is also advisable to contact the pilot you are riding with ahead of time, to discuss the swim for which you will be volunteering.
Don’t wait for the class. Jump right in!
What does it take to be a Pilot?
Good pilots need appropriate knowledge and have the correct temperament. Here are the basics:
Nobody starts off with all of these qualities. The point of pilot training is to help you acquire them.
Be Nice To Your Pilots