Cali coast for 6 hour swim?

molly1205molly1205 Senior Member
edited August 2013 in Locations & Networking
Looking for recommendations on a good place to get in a few days of cold water swimming and a kayak-supported 6-hour swim this October or November. I was thinking La Jolla or San Diego, but totally open to suggestions. I'm concerned about my cold water adaptability and would feel a lot more confident about my EC crossing attempt next summer if I could get this accomplished this fall. Thanks!

Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska


  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    Factors I would consider in making this decision:

    - Safety from boat traffic. La Jolla Cove and Aquatic Park in SF are the best bets, and you wouldn't even necessarily need kayak support.

    A kayak expands your range of options, and then it really comes down to: Where do you want to spend your few days of vacation?

    - Presence of other swimmers. La Jolla Cove, Oak Street in Laguna, Goleta Beach & Butterfly Beach in Santa Barbara, Avila Beach, Aquatic Park SF.

    - Water temperature. La Jolla is likely to be fairly warm in October/November, compared to what you'll experience in the EC. Aquatic Park in SF might be a better option if you're looking for EC water temps.
  • ssthomasssthomas DenverCharter Member
    If you didn't want to travel all the way to Cali, the Denver area usually has some suitable lakes in the October time-frame. (I did my 6 hour in a lake in Fort Collins in mid-October.) I'm sure there are a few of us here who would be willing to help you out! Though, I admit, swimming circles in a lake isn't as much fun as La Jolla!
  • molly1205molly1205 Senior Member
    @evmo and @ssthomas, thank you both for your helpful suggestions. I didn't know southern California would be that warm -- or that the Denver area wouldn't be covered in ice at that time of year. Hmmmmm. Good options to have!

    Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska

  • JbetleyJbetley UKMember
    La Jolla is great. From the Cove the Shores and back is 2 miles. You could leave your feeds at the lifeguard station right on the beach at the Cove so long as you were OK feeding every hour (or more, or less depending how fast you are). I was swimming in the Cove in December on a visit to SD, and the temperature was a delightful 64F. If you want to adhere to Channel Rules then you would need a kayaker, but there is such an awesome community round there that it shouldn't be too hard to arrange through your own contacts or social media. I have been hatching an idea to swim from the Cove to Del Mar (10 miles?) for cocktails on the beach. Not sure when it is going to happen though......
  • WalterWalter Southern CaliforniaMember
    More SD/La Jolla talk, if you can stand it! - I swam a 13-or-so miler weekend before last ending in the Cove - that could be a good course for your 6-hour. With a kayak-only escort, it would be convenient and cheap. I highly recommend something like that over laps in the Cove. Also, it might be a bit cooler in Coronado, if you are already here and find the termperature too high in La Jolla. Happy to help you plan a 6-hour there (and swim it with you). Good luck!

    I'm not very popular around here; but I've heard that I'm huge in Edinburgh!

  • molly1205molly1205 Senior Member
    Thanks, @Walter. I ended up buying a kayak, so there goes my fall ocean swim. But I would enjoy getting to La Jolla one of these days!

    Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska

  • njoynjoy Member
    Molly, you are always welcome to come to Long Island and swim around here. There are some nice beaches. The one I swim at has a nice two-mile stretch. Water temp in October and November will be low 60s down into the 50s. There might be little stinging critters out there though (ugh). If you're looking for something in the spring, we have plenty of cold water, with fewer critters. I'd be happy to help you out, either in a kayak or on land.
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