It’s only natural that people should ask why we swim without wetsuits. The water in the San Francisco Bay varies is normally in the 50F range. That is cold compared to an 80F swimming pool or a 95F bath.
212F Water Boils
95F Hot Bath/Shower
80F Swimming Pool
63F San Francisco Bay Water Temperature (Summer)
47F San Francisco Bay Water Temperature (Winter)
32F Water Freezes
When folks ask me why I swim in cold water without a wetsuit I answer like this.
5 Reasons Not to Wear a Wetsuit
Because we can’t… Swim competitions and Official channel crossings forbid wetsuits because they add buoyancy and give an unfair advantage compared to swimmers who swam prior to the existance of wetsuit technology.
Because we don’t want to… Wetsuits are constricting and uncomfortable to wear.
Wetsuits are a drag to put on a take off.
Sauna feels better the colder we get.
When you gotta go, you gotta go, but not in a wetsuit.
A shout-out to my high school friend Michelle Macy who posted a similar post on her blog.
In July Adam and I swam the 20-mile English Channel. Next August we plan to lead the 10DL Team to swim 10-miles from San Quentin to Alcatraz. We feel these are pretty burly swims. But check out this burly lady.
Jennifer Figge, a 56-year-old endurance athlete from Aspen, Colorado, plans to swim 2,100 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa to Barbados, between Puerto Rico and Venezuela. She will swim behind a sailboat in a giant shark cage for 6-8 hours per day, hoping to finish in 60 days. She swim will begin December 1st.