Welcome to the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association!
- To advise and support people wishing to undertake a channel swim in the Channel Islands region of Southern California (excluding swims to/from Catalina Island and the mainland, and circumnavigations of Catalina).
- To observe such swims, in order to promote safety and verify the integrity of the swim.
- To gather and preserve historical data about such swims.
- To promote local and regional interest in marathon swimming.
2014 Application Forms
The 2014 Application Packages for Solo and Relay swims are now available! Please see the Forms & Fees page.
Julian Rusinek Scholarship Announced
SBCSA lifetime member Julian Rusinek has funded a scholarship intended to assist financially needy American marathon swimmers who wish to swim the Santa Barbara Channel.
Each scholarship can range up to $500 towards SBCSA sanctioning fees and may be awarded to US residents who demonstrate both a financial need and commitment to completing a solo swim across one of our channels. Recipients must also be a good steward of our sport and respect the traditional rules of marathon swimming.
Marathon swimmers who wish to be reviewed for this scholarship should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the application requirements. The application deadline is May 1st.
2014 Semana Nautica Six-Mile Ocean Swim: Sunday, July 13
Mark your calendars! The 2014 Semana Nautica Six-Mile Ocean Swim will be held Sunday, July 13. This is a point-to-point swim along a beautiful stretch of coastline between Goleta Beach and Arroyo Burro Beach in Santa Barbara, and is organized by SBCSA board member Jane Cairns.
Many swimmers come back year after year to do this swim. It's also a perfect stepping stone for an Anacapa Channel swim!