THE GOLDEN RIVET SWIM
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.
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.
All proceeds benefit San Francisco Baykeeper, the Bay's strongest advocate for 29 years.
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
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'll 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Exact timing is subject to change. Detailed instructions will be emailed to participants prior to the event.
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.
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:
PARTY: The Bay Parade Party takes place within walking distance of South Beach Harbor 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.
UNDERAGE PARTICIPANTS: Bay Parade participation is open to those under the age of 18. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Swimmer photo by Robert McKinney; Golden Rivet Award photo by Roger Cunningham