Catalina prep

Hey everyone,
I’m booked for a Catalina crossing and would like to familiarise myself with the lay of the land (water) a few months ahead. If I come to the area, can I swim a bit off of Catalina island somewhere, ie is there a swim beach on Catalina? And...same question for the usual landing spot.

Thanks, Mike


  • Hi Mike,

    I'm not all that familiar with swim spots on Catalina itself (most swims start at Doctor's Cove) and you can always visit and swim the usual landing spots (Terranea Beach, Sacred/Smugglers Cove), but one of the best ways of preparing for Catalina (other than the actual swim training, of course) is to play a part
    in someone else's Catalina crossing, either crewing/kayaking or observing.

    Let me know if you need a local kayaker for Catalina; the offer I made after you observed my Mercer Island swim still stands. :-)

  • MikeHMikeH Member

    Thanks :), I appreciate that.

  • GlobalSwimmerGlobalSwimmer New York NYMember

    More than familiarizing yourself with the water and landing spots - which can be pretty much the same - I’d make sure I’m comfortable swimming in pitch black waters, which is a common reason among DNFs. In my case I prepared by swimming the 22K annual night race in Acapulco and by practicing with my kayaker in the fourth stage of SCAR - I know, not too many hours in the dark but good to have the kayaker practice if he’s not too experienced. Cheers

  • MikeHMikeH Member

    Thanks, appreciate that! I've done a number of open water swims at night, though, so I'm OK on that front. I have other challenges :).

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