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Open Water Swimming in Santa Barbara

Ocean Ducks

ocean ducks The Ocean Ducks meet for regular swims and other events throughout the year in Santa Barbara and Goleta. These are informal group swims. Just show up and swim with us. All swims are parallel to the beach so any swimmer can do more or less. All attires are welcome, wetsuit, no wetsuit, fins, no fins, etc. You are responsible for your own safety.

Join the Ocean Ducks at the following times:

Sunday at 9:00am, Butterfly Beach

Park on Channel Drive between the Four Seasons Resort and the intersection with Butterfly Lane. Meet at the last set of stairs (near Butterfly Lane). During the summer there is a half-mile buoy line parallel to shore.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at noon, Goleta Beach

Park near the restaurant (east end of the beach) and meet near the restroom and outdoor shower head. Buoys are in place during the summer.

For more information, email or visit their Facebook page.


Semana Nautica

semana nautica

Semana Nautica is an annual summer sports festival in Santa Barbara since 1933. The festival schedule includes four ocean swimming races: a one-mile ocean swim, a three-mile ocean swim, a five-mile biathlon, and a six-mile "marathon" ocean swim.

The six-mile ocean swim is organized by SBCSA board member Jane Cairns, and is highly recommended as a "starter" marathon swim for someone building up to a channel swim such as Anacapa. All nine SBCSA board members have participated at least once in this classic swim.


Reef and Run

reef and run

Reef and Run is a weekly series of ocean swim races at East Beach in Santa Barbara. In 2013 it will take place Thursday evenings between June 6th and August 29th. Swimmers can choose from three courses: 500m, 1km, or 1 mile. Fees are $15 per event or $100 for the season ($120 after Feb. 28). Live music and adult beverages follow each swim.


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