The Golden Rivet Swim

Thank you to everyone who joined the 2017 Bay Parade!

The 4th annual Bay Parade took place on Sunday, July 9.
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2017 Bay Parade Golden Rivet Swim

Golden Gate Bridge to McCovey Cove
Timed solo swim, timed four-person relay, and open relay divisions
$100 registration plus $200 fundraising minimum

A supported 6.5 mile swim in the Baykeeper Bay Parade on Sunday, July 9, the Golden Rivet Swim begins at the Golden Gate and finishes with a rousing Jumbotron finale at AT&T Park's McCovey Cove. It is hosted in partnership with the iconic Dolphin Club of San Francisco. See full course details below.


The Golden Rivet Award

Golden Rivet Award

The Golden Rivet Award, shown here, recognizes the fastest solo swimmer, fastest four-person relay team, and biggest fundraiser from each year's Bay Parade. Winners' names are engraved on the award plaque below a solid gold rivet.

While there are over 1 million rivets in the Bridge, the Golden Rivet symbolizes that every effort to protect the Bay, small or large, is critical to its future as a healthy and vibrant estuary.

All proceeds benefit San Francisco Baykeeper, the Bay's strongest advocate for more than 25 years.


Swim Course Details

There are three ways for swimmers to participate in the Golden Rivet swim of the Bay Parade:

TIMED SOLO: For experienced swimmers, no wetsuits

TIMED TEAM RELAY: Teams of four, prescribed swim rotations (4x20min, 4x15min, 4x10min); no wetsuits

OPEN TEAM RELAY: Teams of any size; wetsuits optional

REGISTRATION: Registration is $100, plus a $200 fundraising minimum, per swimmer. Once registered, you will receive a link to set up an online personal fundraising page. Swimmers who have not fundraised the minimum $200 by July 2 will be asked to make a gift covering the difference in order to participate in the swim. But trust us, raising $200 is very achievable! Plus, we have great fundraising prizes from Patagonia, Levi's, Finis, and more.

COURSE: Golden Gate Bridge to McCovey Cove — approximately 6.5 miles (5.7 nm). The swim is expected to take between 3 and 4 hours, depending on swimmer speed. Course is the same for all swimmers. High tide of 2.7 feet will occur at 11:45am.

SUPPORT BOAT REQUIREMENT: Each solo swimmer and relay team must arrange their own dedicated motorized support boat and pilot. Support boats will deliver swimmers to the starting point and accompany swimmers along the route, overseeing the health and safety of each swimmer. If you need assistance with securing a support boat, email To learn more about support boat requirements, click here for details.

TIMING: Support boats pick up swimmers and deliver them to the swim course start point in advance of the swim start. Swim times will be captured by timekeeping boats positioned at the beginning and end of the course. Swimmers must be at the breakwater outside McCovey Cove by the designated time to participate in the parade finale into McCovey Cove. In the event that a swimmer will not arrive at the breakwater on time, that swimmer may be repositioned at the discretion of the Swim Director. Note that Swim Director may adjust arrival and start times closer to the event, based on current Bay conditions. UPDATE: Swim Directors will announce final swim start time and required arrival time on Wednesday, July 5, to accomodate Bay conditions and Giants camera timing.

FINALE: Following the timed portion of the course, swimmers will join stand up paddleboarders and kayakers for the Bay Parade finale in McCovey Cove. This festive on-the-water demonstration of support for a healthy Bay will be broadcast live on the Jumbotron at the start of the Giants' home game.Golden Rivet Swim Finale

EXIT LOGISTICS & AMENITIES: Swimmers exit the water at South Beach Yacht Harbor, while support boats navigate to assigned docks. Snacks and hot showers will be available to all swimmers following their exit from the water. A courier service will be provided to transport swimmers' belongings to the parade finish. Swimmers wishing to use this service should secure belongings in a bag clearly labeled with their full name and leave bag at the designated drop-off in the Dolphin Club (502 Jefferson Street) by 8am on July 9. Swimmers may also drop a labeled bag off at Baykeeper's downtown Oakland office during normal business hours the week prior to the event.

PARTY: The Bay Parade Party takes place a short walk from the swim exit, hosted by Anchor Brewing at the Yard from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. Swim registration includes one ticket to the party. Additional party tickets are available for purchase for $50 each.

REFUND POLICY: Due to the nature and complexity of this event, there will be no refunds, including if event is cancelled due to weather or it is modified at the discretion of event organizers to maintain the safety of all participants. If you are unable to attend and notify us by July 2, your registration may be transferred to a future year's parade.

Thank you to our 2017 Bay Parade sponsors:

A Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH event to benefit San Francisco Baykeeper.

For more information on the SPLASH Event Series, presented nationally by Toyota, please visit

Swimmer photo by Robert McKinney; Golden Rivet Award photo by Roger Cunningham