Swimmers are responsible for hiring their own pilots / escort vessels. The agreement with the pilot / escort vessel is separate from NCOWSA.
The San Francisco Bay is a restricted shipping channel and one of the busiest ports in the United States. When selecting your pilot, it is important they have experience with San Francisco Vessel Traffic Services in addition to professionally and safely navigating the busy Bay waters.
– James Dillworth
– Pacific Open Water Swim Co.
Members of the Dolphin Club and South End Rowing Club are welcome to be piloted by club vessels with club approval. A trained Observer*, who is also a member of the respective club, will be assigned to your swim by the Association.
For insurance reasons, we cannot place observers on illegal charters (vessels for hire with unlicensed pilots).
*Please note the role of the Observer is to observe and document your swim to ensure all rules are followed. The Observer does not direct or navigate the swim but is available for questions as it relates to each course.