My good friend Golapendu is now officially on the hook to swim from Alcatraz in 2009. His busy schedule as GM and head chef at Ananda Fuara along with a passion for globe trotting is precluding an attempt this summer.
Bay swimming has seen a surge (no pun intended) of popularity in recent years. Getting to the shore from Alcatraz isn’t as daunting as it appears. The water is cold and choppy. Jumping off a ferry boat with no recourse is terrifying but with a wetsuit you aren’t going to drown so once you stop freaking out you just have to keep moving forward in the general direction of land.
You do need to know how to swim and should feel comfortable swimming in a pool for an hour 😉