Register or Support a Swimmer Today – Alcatraz Swim for Sight – Oct. 6, 2024

May 22, 2024

JOIN US Sunday, October 6 for the Alcatraz Swim for Sight at the Aquatic Park – 700-898 Beach Street, San Francisco, CA 94109.

This year’s event is co-chaired by Ari and Noah Hirson.  The Edward Charles Foundation will administer the event. Proceeds will go to the All May See Foundation to support UCSF Ophthalmology faculty research.

The goal for this year’s event was to attract 75 swimmers and raise at least $150,000 – we’re just getting started! These dollars will continue to move research forward to eliminate blindness worldwide and create a world for all to see. Join us by swimming, donating, volunteering, or cheering on our swimmers the day of the event.

Past Swim for Sight Events

The 2023 Swim for Sight event raised more than $150,000 for UCSF vision research. Since the event’s inception, nearly $1 million was generated for the All May See Foundation to support Ophthalmology faculty research in search of new treatments and cures for blindness. The event was founded by All May See Foundation Board members Lorie and Ron Hirson. We are so thrilled that their teenaged sons will now be running this exciting event. For additional event details visit –

Register to participate or make a gift today!

Registration is now open! To register a swimmer, or to make a donation (to support a swimmer), please visit – 

General Schedule of Events
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for additional information and details

  • 6:15 AM – Registration
  • 6:45 AM – Executive Swim Director Coach Briefing
  • 7:00 AM – Walk to the Boats
  • 7:15 AM – Board Boats
  • 7:30 AM – Boats Travel Out to Alcatraz
  • 7:45 AM – Jump & Enjoy Your Swim! (Note: Coaches will determine best jump time based on vessel traffic, currents and tides)

Event Check-In Location:  Aquatic Park on the Bleachers (700-898 Beach Street, SF, CA 94105) – noted in green on map below

We’ll be on the beach at Aquatic Park for the finish (noted in red on map below).  Tell your family and friends to look for the Alcatraz Swim for Sight flags to ensure they are in the right location.
Click HERE to see Aquatic Park (the finish) on Google Maps.

If you have family and friends meeting you at Aquatic Park to cheer you on, we recommend asking them to arrive at 7:50 a.m., which is when we expect the first swimmer to cross the finish line!

Questions about the event

Contact the co-chairs via email: