Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay Signature Open Water Swim

An ultra-distance marathon swim from south-to-north, the length of Tampa Bay, Florida.  It is a beautiful swim with bright sun, moderate waves and beautiful manta rays undulating beneath the swimmers.   


10 hours
45 minutes



We wanted to swim Tampa Bay because we thought it would be a good “shakedown cruise” for the A Long Swim team prior to our English Channel swim that was scheduled four months hence. It turned out to be that and so much more. It had all of the challenges that England would throw at us – the distance, the feeding cycles, the stroke counting, the log bookkeeping, the really working as a team; everything but the cold water – and we took full advantage of learning those lessons in Tampa Bay.
Doug McConnell
Executive Director