For our Bay Area swimmers in CA who like open water, do you know about SwimArt? I tried them out a few years ago, joining some members from my team at that time, Marin Pirates Masters. We attended the “Introduction” course that SwimArt offers. They do a terrific job of working with all levels of participants. Even though I consider myself an experienced short distance open water swimmer (1-3 miles), I picked up additional tips from the great instructors they had with us that day. If you are interested in swimming in SF Bay, the Alcatraz escape, and other ventures, consider looking into Swim Art. They offer many open water swimming programs in San Francisco Bay and beyond. Not just instruction, but regular guided swims as well. Check ’em out!