The Golden Rivet Swim

2018 Golden Rivet Bay Parade Swim

Registration is now closed for the 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 15, 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.

Swim Details

Solo & Relay Options Registration  |  Course Map  |  Support Boat Requirement

Timing  |  Event Schedule  |  Finale  |  Exit Logistics & Amenities 

After Party  |  The Golden Rivet Award  |  Age & Refund Policy


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 8 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.

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 on a flood tide, depending on swimmer speed. Course is the same for all swimmers. Swim course map

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. For assistance with securing a support boat, email To learn more about the requirements for support boats, click here for details.

TIMING: Swimmers jump from their support boats at the start of the swim. Swim times will be captured by timekeeping boats positioned at the beginning and end of the course. After the end of the swim, 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 the Swim Director may adjust the required arrival time and swim start times closer to the event, based on current Bay conditions.

Swimmers are provided with Bay Parade swim caps in one of three colors that correspond to their swim division.


Exact timing is subject to change. Detailed instructions will be emailed to participants prior to the event.

Timing updated as of July 6. 

  • 9:45am - Swimmers and boaters arrive at the swim start at the Golden Gate Bridge
  • 10:00am - All swimmers begin their swim course
  • By 12:30pm - Swimmers arrive at the swim finish at the breakwater outside McCovey Cove
  • 12:45pm - Swimmers participate in the Bay Parade Grand Finale in McCovey Cove
  • 1:00-1:15pm - Swimmers exit the water for showers & refreshments while boats dock
  • 1:30-3:30pm - Bay Parade After Party

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. Swimmers need to coordinate with their support boat pilots in advance to know where their support boats will dock.

Snacks and warm showers will be available to all swimmers following their exit from the water. Swimmers should arrange to have a towel, change of clothes, a warm drink, and any other necessities at the swim finish. There are several ways to arrange this:

  • Drop your belongings at the Dolphin Club: A courier will be provided to transport swimmers' belongings from the Dolphin Club on Sunday morning. 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 the day of the Bay Parade, July 15.
  • Drop your belongings at the Baykeeper office in advance: Swimmers may drop off a labeled bag at Baykeeper's downtown Oakland office during business hours the week prior to the event.
  • Have someone bring your gear to the showers: A friend or family member can bring your belongings to the shower area to meet you at the end of the swim.

PARTY: The Bay Parade Party takes place within walking distance of South Beach Harbor from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at South Beach Park. Swim registration includes one ticket to the party. Additional party tickets are available for purchase for $50 each.

Golden Rivet Award

THE 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.

There are over 1 million rivets in the Golden Gate 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.

UNDERAGE PARTICIPANTS: Bay Parade participation is open to those under the age of 18. Please email to secure approval before registering. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied at the event by a parent or guardian. Registering minors must also have a parent or guardian electronically sign the event waiver agreement in the registration form.

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 8, your registration may be transferred to a future year's parade.

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Photo at top by Robert McKinney. Golden Rivet photo by Roger Cunningham.