La Jolla Cove Swim Club

Event Calendar

Upcoming events

    • 15 Nov 2016
    • 15 Apr 2017
    • La Jolla Cove (or any other cold open water area)

    “Big Chill”

    La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s 2016-17 Member's Winter Swim Program

    November 15, 2016 through April 15, 2017

    To Register:

    1. Be a Member in "active" status (i.e., annual dues paid)

    2. Send your Name and TOTAL Miles each week to "Mr. Chill" at:


    email miles to:

    Club goal for 2017


    Past goals have been Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Bora Bora, and Bikini Atoll.

    This is a Swim Club event with club members operating as one big team to reach a common goal.

    If registered Big Chill participants wish to form small groups and challenge other groups, this may be done on an informal basis. All names and individual miles must be reported to "Mr. Chill" at:

    Group mileages can be displayed in the club box if provided to "Mr. Chill".

    Individual goals: Reach personal totals of 25, 50, 75, 100 miles (even 400 or more!)

    This isn’t a serious competition. Have fun, and above all, swim safely!

    Cost: FREE (except for a token charge of $5 for the party)

    You can sign up ANYTIME during the program, though we encourage you do so as early as possible.

    Miles: We operate on the honor system. Miles should be reported by each swimmer as a running TOTAL. There are maps and charts in the club display box at the Cove (or click HERE) that show the mileage between various buoys and other coastal locations in La Jolla Bay. When in doubt, just estimate as well as you can or send a question to the email address below.

    Send your TOTAL Miles each week to "Mr. Chill" at: 

    Provide your TOTAL miles in the subject line, as “Bob Smith has 67 miles total”, each time you report. Send in your miles by Wednesday afternoon each week so we can process the data and print updated progress charts for the weekend. 

    Please report weekly (or as often as possible) so we can keep accurate track of our accumulated mileage.

    No more than 100 miles can be submitted at one time, unless you swam all of the miles in that month. Requests for exceptions may be submitted to the administrator (“Mr. Chill”).

    Qualifying Miles:

    o   Accumulate miles swum from Saturday Nov. 16 through April 13, 2015.

    o   Miles swum using a wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel are acceptable.

    o   Miles swum outside of San Diego are acceptable as long as they are in a salt water ocean or sea for a period of not more than 2 weeks, regardless of the water temperature. This is to accommodate vacations in Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, etc. We’re swimming to warmer water anyway!

    o   Miles swum in any ocean or sea and where the water temperature is 62 degrees or less are acceptable at any time. So miles in Oceanside, Coronado, LA, SF and other CA beaches are always acceptable.

    o   Pool miles are not acceptable, even if the pool is salt water and cold.

    o   DOUBLE Miles may be claimed on our monthly Club event days (which are not necessarily the actual holiday), or any other days Mr. Chill deems 'chilly' enough, and under the conditions shown below. Two (maximum) double conditions per day may be applied, so if your birthday swim is on Valentine’s Day, claim 4X miles!

    o    NEW RULE: The limit of double miles for one swim is 5. So if you swim 10 miles on your birthday, which is also on St. Patrick’s Day (event day), you can’t claim 30 miles, you can only claim 15!

    • ~ Opening Day, Tuesday, Nov.
    • ~ “Turkey Splash” swim (Nov 19)
    • ~ Xmas Eve in Coronado (December 24). Cove miles are double also, but try to come to Coronado!
    • ~ New Year’s Day Polar Bear swim (January 1), at La Jolla Shores or another location.
    • ~ Super "Bore" Sunday
    • ~Valentine’s Swim. Swim a mile for your sweetie
    • ~ St. Patrick’s Day Event. “Swim with a Spuddo in your Speedo!”
    • ~ April Fools’ (Easter/Tax Relief) Day Event.   
    • Swimmer’s “Pink Dolphin” birthday swim.     
    • Miles must be swum in one’s “Birthday Suit” (only) to qualify, and the swim must be witnessed by at least one other swimmer. (Observers do not get double miles!)

    Swimmers whose birthday does not fall within the program dates may declare a “comp” birthday, which must be on the same day of the month as their birthday and the month should be 6 months ahead of the birthday. For example, an August 6 “comp” birthday would be February 6.

    Note: the club does not encourage illegal acts.

    o    “Super Chill Bonus”: If the ocean water temperature is below 55 degrees, those swimming without wetsuits may claim a 25% bonus on all miles swum. This may be used on trips to other locations.

    o    “Mega Chill Bonus”: If the ocean water temperature is below 50 degrees, those swimming without wetsuits may claim a 50% bonus on all miles swum. This may be used on trips to other locations.

    Other Double days as declared by the program director, “Mr. Chill”


    o   Personal satisfaction, good exercise, bragging rights, the thrill of survival.

    o    Experience hypothermia. Shivering is a good exercise that involves all major muscle groups.

    o    Document your insanity for a future disability claim

    o    Party to celebrate the end of the program, with catered food, beer and fun.

    o    “Big Chill” T shirts will be awarded to participants who swim 25 miles or more.

    o    Patches will be awarded to those who swim 50 or 100 miles, and maybe others too.

    o    Awards for the top mileage man and woman.


    Mileage chart and map will be posted in the display box at the cove and on the club website. 

Past events

01 Jan 2017 New Years Day Polar Bear Plunge
24 Dec 2016 Xmas Eve Day Splash
04 Dec 2016 LJCSC Annual Banquet
19 Nov 2016 Turkey Splash
29 Oct 2016 Halloween Spooky Splash
15 Oct 2016 Pier To Beer Relay & BBQ
11 Oct 2016 An Evening with Lynne Cox - New Book Tour
25 Sep 2016 La Jolla Cove 10-Mile Relay & Solo Swim
24 Jul 2016 Picnic On The Point
25 Jun 2016 Pier-To-Cove Swim
09 Jun 2016 La Jolla Town Council Meeting - "Crisis in The Cove"
07 May 2016 Big Chill Celebration
17 Apr 2016 Spring Egg-Stravaganza and "IRS (I'd Rather Swim) Day"
19 Mar 2016 St. Patty's Day Swim
14 Feb 2016 Valentine's Swim
01 Jan 2016 New Years Day Polar Bear Plunge
24 Dec 2015 Xmas Eve Day Splash
06 Dec 2015 LJCSC Annual Banquet
21 Nov 2015 Turkey Splash
15 Nov 2015 "Big Chill" 2015-2016 Madagascar
31 Oct 2015 Halloween Spookfest Swim
11 Oct 2015 Pier To Beer Relay & BBQ (POSTPONED. RESCHEUDLED DATE TBA)
27 Sep 2015 La Jolla Cove 10-Mile Relay & Solo Swim
26 Jul 2015 Picnic On The Point
20 Jun 2015 Pier-To-Cove Swim
02 May 2015 Big Chill Celebration
25 Apr 2015 Janet Lamott Memorial Swim
11 Apr 2015 Tax Relief and Spring Egg-Stravaganza Swim
14 Mar 2015 St. Patty's Day Swim
14 Feb 2015 Valentine's Swim
01 Jan 2015 New Years Day Polar Bear Plunge
24 Dec 2014 Xmas Eve Day Splash
07 Dec 2014 LJCSC Annual Banquet
22 Nov 2014 Turkey Splash
15 Nov 2014 "Big Chill" BIKINI 2014-2015
25 Oct 2014 Halloween Spookfest Swim
05 Oct 2014 Pier To Beer Relay & BBQ
07 Sep 2014 "Greaterman" Swim
06 Sep 2014 Swim For Hope ~ Fundraiser for Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage
30 Aug 2014 Swim24 Challenge
30 Aug 2014 LJ 10-Mile Relay (2014 Event Cancelled)
20 Aug 2014 "DRIVEN" Movie Showing
20 Jul 2014 Picnic On The Point
21 Jun 2014 Pier-To-Cove Swim
14 Jun 2014 Rocks, Rips, and Reefs 2013
03 May 2014 Big Chill Party and Sink-o de Mayo
19 Apr 2014 Tax Relief and Spring Egg-Stravaganza Swim
15 Mar 2014 St. Patty's Day Swim
15 Feb 2014 Valentine's Swim
01 Jan 2014 New Years Day Polar Bear Plunge
24 Dec 2013 Xmas Eve Day Splash
01 Dec 2013 LJCSC Annual Banquet
23 Nov 2013 Turkey Splash
16 Nov 2013 "Big Chill" Bora Bora
26 Oct 2013 Halloween Spookfest Swim
13 Oct 2013 Pier To Beer Relay
29 Sep 2013 10-Mile Relay & Solo Swim
30 Jul 2013 Lynne Cox - New Book Tour
20 Jul 2013 Picnic On The Point
22 Jun 2013 Pier-To-Cove Swim
15 Jun 2013 Rocks, Rips, and Reefs 2013
15 Jun 2013 Rips, Rocks, and Reefs 2013
04 May 2013 Big Chill Party and Sink-o de Mayo
13 Apr 2013 Tax Relief Swim
17 Mar 2013 St. Patty's Day Swim
16 Feb 2013 Valentine's Swim
01 Jan 2013 New Years Day Polar Bear Swim
24 Dec 2012 Xmas Eve Day Splash & Dash Swim
22 Dec 2012 Annual Banquet
17 Nov 2012 Thanksgiving Turkey Splash
17 Nov 2012 Big Chill Tonga
27 Oct 2012 Halloween Spookfest
07 Oct 2012 10-Mile Relay & Solo Swim
16 Sep 2012 Pier to Beer relay swim
12 Aug 2012 Tour of Buoys 2012
21 Jul 2012 La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s 1st “PICNIC ON THE POINT”
23 Jun 2012 Pier-To-Cove Swim
02 Jun 2012 Rips, Rocks, and Reefs 2012
05 May 2012 Big Chill Party and Sink-o de Mayo
14 Apr 2012 Tax Relief Swim
24 Mar 2012 St. Patty's Day Swim
11 Feb 2012 Valentine's Swim
01 Jan 2012 New Years Day Polar Bear Swim
24 Dec 2011 Xmas Eve Day Splash & Dash Swim
11 Dec 2011 Annual Awards Banquet
19 Nov 2011 Thanksgiving Turkey Splash & Dash Swim
19 Nov 2011 Big Chill Fiji
25 Sep 2011 10-Mile Relay & Solo Swim
14 Aug 2011 Tour of Buoys 2011