A non-profit association to support and sanction marathon swims in the Channel Islands region of California

June 2021 Update

At this time we are accepting sanction applications for solo and tandem swims of all Channel Islands routes attempted July 1st or later. Additionally we will sanction Anacapa Channel and Anacapa circumnavigation swims attempted during the month of June.

Both U.S.-based swimmers and international swimmers are eligible.

Due to the ongoing risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are not yet sanctioning RELAY swims.

Please note: the SBCSA will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination for everyone involved in a swim attempt this year: swimmers, support crew, observers, and pilots. Please plan accordingly!

Please submit your application at least 45 days before your scheduled swim attempt.

From the SBCSA Board of Directors: Evan Morrison, Jane Cairns, Dave Van Mouwerik, Peter Hayden, Cherie Edborg, and Karina Garcia.


Steps to Swim with the SBCSA

  1. Choose a swim route.
  2. Make arrangements with an escort boat and identify your support crew.
  3. Submit a sanction application:
  4. The SBCSA will assign an observer to your swim.
  5. Train.
  6. Swim across!

2021 Swim Successes

  • Serbo Simeoni - Mainland to Anacapa Island
  • Stacey Warmuth - Mainland to Anacapa Island
  • Steve Sutton - Anacapa Island to Mainland
  • Jenny Leigh Smith - Anacapa Island to Mainland
  • Jake Glick - Anacapa Island to Mainland

Apply now for 2021 swims.

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