Santa Barbara Channel swims 2018

evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
edited May 2 in Event Announcements

Many Catalina Channel swimmers fly into Los Angeles, swim, and fly out, and are never aware that there are seven other islands in the archipelago off the Southern California coast.

They are called the Channel Islands, and the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association sanctions any swim to, from, around, and between the islands (all except the Catalina Channel and Catalina circumnavigation routes, sanctioned by the CCSF). Five of the islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) make up Channel Islands National Park, which preserves and protects these beautiful wild lands and sea for posterity.

And you can swim there! For more information, check out the SBCSA's website at

Swim distances range from 3.6 miles (between San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands) to 12.2 (the channel between Anacapa Island and the mainland) to 70 miles (San Nicolas Island to the mainland).

Sanction applications received before May 7th are eligible for discounted sanction fees. Please reach out to me personally with any questions about organizing a Channel Islands swim.

Evan (SBCSA president)



  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    edited May 2

    To anyone thinking of swimming the Santa Barbara Channel this year as a solo or relay...

    The application deadline for discounted sanction fees is this Sunday, May 6th, at 11:59pm Pacific time.

  • VanMouVanMou San Luis Obispo, CASenior Member

    I am on the application vetting committee for the SBCSA, and tonight I noticed something remarkable (and by remarkable, I mean a seminal moment in the history of marathon swimming). I was reviewing an application for a swimmer who intends to swim from Anacapa Island to the Mainland late this summer. See this piece of his application, noting the part of it I highlighted in the red box: lsd swim history

    The swimmer referred to his swim profile in LongSwims Database, as a partial means of documenting his swimming background for his sanction application. I imagine that as the years go by this will become very common. Swimmers will use their LongSwims Database profile as an authoritative source in their swim applications, and it will become commonplace for local swim federations to use this database as a means of understanding the swimming background of swimmers they are providing a sanction for.

    We will take this for granted in another few years, much like we have gotten used to as a means to make marathon swimming, somewhat, a spectator sport. Personally, I never tire of looking at those tracks of swimmers as they are in cold pursuit of one swim goal or another.

    In case you haven't spent much time with this database, you can read more about it here:

  • MichaelGMichaelG Member

    I'm behind the scheduling curve (seems to be a trend in my life...), but after a small hiatus following my Catalina swim in 2015, I've decided to finish off my California Triple this year (swam Tahoe in 2014). Boat is reserved for October 1st (same date as my Catalina swim previously), and I need to finish up the Santa Barbara application... but I'm excited to be getting back into the swing of things. I needed that mental break, but it's time to get back out there!

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