Santa Barbara Channel swims 2018-19
Many Catalina Channel swimmers fly into Los Angeles, swim, and fly out, and are never aware that there are seven other islands in the archipelago off the Southern California coast.
They are called the Channel Islands, and the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association sanctions any swim to, from, around, and between the islands (all except the Catalina Channel and Catalina circumnavigation routes, sanctioned by the CCSF). Five of the islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) make up Channel Islands National Park, which preserves and protects these beautiful wild lands and sea for posterity.
And you can swim there! For more information, check out the SBCSA's website at https://santabarbarachannelswim.org
Swim distances range from 3.6 miles (between San Miguel and Santa Rosa Islands) to 12.2 (the channel between Anacapa Island and the mainland) to 70 miles (San Nicolas Island to the mainland).
Sanction applications received before May 7th are eligible for discounted sanction fees. Please reach out to me personally with any questions about organizing a Channel Islands swim.
Evan (SBCSA president)