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La jolla cove swim club

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Who We Are

La Jolla (“HOY-yah”) Cove and the bay between La Jolla Cove and La Jolla Shores is one of the best places in the world for ocean swimming. The Cove is part of the La Jolla Ecological Preserve, an underwater park that spans 6,000 acres of ocean bottom and tidelands, including two canyons that are deepwater homes to our hosts: sea lions, seals, colorful jelly fish, beautiful leopard sharks, our club mascot and State fish: the bright orange garibaldi--and much more. The cove is lined with caves that are great for summertime exploring.


The La Jolla Cove Swim Club (LJCSC) boasts a diverse membership of people that love open water swimming. Some of us take our time swimming slowly to the buoys and back, while others of us train and master the Catalina Channel, English Channel, and Manhattan Island Marathon swims. Some wear wetsuits even in the summer, while others swim through the winter without one. The club is open to all-male, female, young, old, slow or fast. This is an informal club, with no regular meetings-that is, not on dry land, at least!

When We Swim

There are three ways to swim with our club:

Meet up on the deck
Join us for our social swims; or
register for our competitive swims. 

Remember, the Pool is Always Open!

“Sea You at the Cove!”

Swimmers meet daily on “the deck” (the level just below the main walkway, where the lifeguard hut is). The Club does not have a formal group swim schedule. Rather, groups of swimmers swim year round at various times each day. Some swimmers swim alone, some with buddies or groups. If you’re looking for a buddy, ask around and you may find someone who matches your distance and speed. The best time to find swimmers is in the morning starting around 8:00, and there’s even more of us in the summer and on the weekends. Another great way to find a swim buddy or group to swim with is to post on our Facebook page. You can also send us an email and we'll help match you up with a buddy or an appropriate level group.


The LJCSC sponsors “social” swims and competitive swims. Our social swims, listed on our calendar, are informal get-togethers followed by a gathering on the grass with treats and hot drinks to warm you up. They’re not organized or timed. Just show up, find a buddy, and jump in! Our most popular social swim is the Polar Bear Swim on New Year’s Day.


The first competitive swim of the summer, held in June, is the Pier to Cove, which goes from the far side of Scripps Pier to the Cove (1.5mi).  In September, the La Jolla Cove 10-mile Relay, which is a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association and the San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation. The club also supports, but does not sponsor, the La Jolla Rough Water Swim in September.


Volunteer at one of our social or competitive events, or become a club officer. Officer Elections are held each year at our annual awards banquet in December. Please contact us for more information.


There are three ways to swim with our club:

  • Meet up on the deck
  • Join us for our social swims
  • Register for our competitive swims. 


By email
By Land
P.O. Box 427, La Jolla, CA 92038
By Sea
Click here for directions.


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