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Big Chill Fiji

  • 19 Nov 2011
  • 14 Apr 2012
  • San Diego, CA

La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s 
2011-2012 Winter Swim Program

La Jolla Cove Swim Club's "Big Chill"
Annual "Virtual Migration" to warm tropical waters!
2012 Fiji: 5390 miles from La Jolla Cove to Fiji in 21 weeks

Doug Burleigh, AKA Mr. Chill”,  Nov 14, 2011

Club goal: Accumulate total mileage from San Diego to the Fiji, 5390 miles away

Past goals were Hawaii, Tahiti and Samoa (4820 miles). Last year we accumulated over 6000 miles! This year maybe we’ll go on past Fiji to New Zealand (6502 miles) or Australia (7203miles)!

This as a Swim Club event with members operating as one big team with 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. But all names and individual miles must be reported to the program.

Groups' mileage can be displayed in the club box if provided to the program administrators.

Cost: FREE 

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

Individual goals: Reach personal totals of 25, 50, 75, 100 miles (even 300 or more!)

This isn’t a serious competition. Have fun and stay safe!

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 will be reported by each swimmer as a running TOTAL. There are maps and charts in the club display box at the Cove 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 an question to the email address below.



Provide your total miles in the subject line, as “Bob Smith 67 miles total”, each time you report. We suggest that you send in your miles by Wednesday afternoon so we can process the data and print new charts for the weekend.

However, it’s not necessary to be up to date, so send in your TOTAL miles anytime.

Qualifying Miles:

o   Accumulate miles swum from Nov. 19 “Turkey Event” through April 14, 2012”Tax Relief Day” event.

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 acceptable.

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

o   DOUBLE Miles may be claimed on the following Club event days (which are not necessarily the actual holiday) 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!

  • Thanksgiving (November 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)
  • ?? Super Bowl (“Super Bore”) Sunday, Feb. 5  (ONLY IF an event is planned as it was last year)
  • Valentine’s Day Event (February 11)
  • St. Patty’s Day Event (March 17)
  • April Fools’ (Easter/Tax Relief) Day Event (April 14).   Easter 2012 is April 8
  • Swimmer’s birthday. 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.

Note: The club does not encourage illegal acts.

Swimmers whose birthday does not fall within the program 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 birthday should use February 6.

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


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

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

o   “Big Chill” T shirts will be awarded to all participants who swim at least 25 miles

  • Awards will be provided for top mileage man and woman
  • Document your insanity for a future disability claim


Mileage chart and map will be posted in the display box at the cove and here:

Mileage Chart

Progress Map


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
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