If you are already a SBCSA observer, please continue to our Observers Portal.

Interested in observing Santa Barbara Channel swims?

Observers are the backbone of the SBCSA (and all channel swimming governing bodies). Without them, swims cannot be independently verified.

If you are a marathon swimmer (or have an interest in marathon swimming) and live in Southern or Central California, please consider being a SBCSA observer! It’s an incredibly rewarding way to give back to the sport, to experience the beauty and power of the Pacific Ocean – and get compensated for your time while you’re at it.

To observe a SBCSA-sanctioned swim, you should have attended an observer training session held by either the SBCSA or the CCSF sometime in the past two years. Observer training sessions are typically held three times per year in May, June, and July, and include American Red Cross certification in Adult CPR/AED and First Aid.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a SBCSA Official Observer, please send us an email.

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