Age 17 & Under Registration for 2022 Santa Cruz Annual Roughwater 1 Mile Swim

Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Assn

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Santa Cruz Masters & Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Assn

Open Water Registration

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Swimmer Registration Mon, Jun 27, 2022
12:00 PM
Fri, Jul 29, 2022
06:00 PM

47th Annual Roughwater 1 Mile Swim

This registration page is for ages 17 & Under Only

(Adults should CLICK HERE for the Adult Entry path)

HOSTS: Santa Cruz Masters and Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Association

ELIGIBILITY: Swimmers 17 years and younger (i.e. USA Swimming or Junior Guards), register as an unattached swimmer, no further national sanctioning body information required.  Under-18 entrants must have parent signature.  

ENTRIES: Online entries only. 

  • Online entry fee for the One Mile Roughwater Swim is $55 per person if received by July 29.  Late or race day registration is $65.


1 Mile Roughwater Day of Entry:  $65.  Entry fee is non-refundable. 

DIVISIONS:   Age groups: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17.  PLEASE INDICATE ON ENTRY FORM IF WEARING A WETSUIT.

SAFETY:  Safety services provided by the Santa Cruz City Beach Lifeguard Service and Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Association. All contestants are required to wear a brightly colored swim cap.  Caps provided for the 1 Mile Roughwater.  Cut-off time for the 1 Mile Roughwater is 1 hour.  No personal escorts are permitted.  Insulated swim caps permitted; no other swim aids allowed. 

Expected water temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15-16 Celsius).  Take note that we will not have after swim snacks as in previous years.  We will do our best to supply hot water and packets of hot chocolate and tea bags for the CRUZ CRUISE.  There are no post-race snacks or water for the Roughwater but there are water fountains just off the beach.  Food easily available at the Ideal Restaurant immediately adjacent to our swim course and the Picnic Basket, immediately across the street from our swim location.


  • For the Roughwater on July 30, check-in begins at 9:30 am, closes at 10:45 am.  Race starts at 11:00 a.m. 
  • Registration for the Roughwater is at Lifeguard Tower #1 in front of the Dream Inn, west side of the pier. 

Please list a time for a 1 Mile Swim.  Waves for both swims will be determined based on submitted times.  No time entered will put you in the last wave.


For the 1 Mile ROUGHWATER:  Contestants receive a siren start, enter the ocean at Lifeguard Tower #3 on the east side of the Municipal Pier, swim parallel to the pier, around the end, and then straight to the finish in front of the Dream Inn on the west side of the pier. The course is one mile.  Wave starts based on submitted 1 Mile time. 

EQUIPMENT:  Use of fins, pull buoys, or other swimming devices are prohibited. Soft hand paddles may be used as prosthesis only if they do not present a safety hazard to other swimmers. Race director shall have final decision.

AWARDS:  For the Roughwater, medals for 1st through 3rd place Category 1 only.  No awards for Category 2 swimmers.  

Direct questions to:

ROUGHWATER SWIM:  City Lifeguards:  831-420-6014

• From Highway 1 North come into town on Highway 1/Mission St. Continue west along Mission for 0.6 miles. Turn right onto Bay Ave. for 0.9 miles. Find parking in the vicinity of the Dream Inn and/or Santa Cruz Municipal Pier. 

• From Highway 17 continue along Ocean Street as the freeway ends at the top of Ocean Street.  Go 0.7 miles to Soquel Avenue. Turn right onto Soquel Avenue, go 0.3 miles over the bridge to Front Street. Turn left onto Front Street, go south 0.6 miles along Front Street until it curves to the right and meets the intersections of Washington St. and Center St.  Go around the round-a-bout, heading South, to the end of Center Street.  Pass around the next round-a-bout to either on-street parking or the Santa Cruz Pier.

PARKING: Various kinds of parking are available in the vicinity of the Santa Cruz Pier.  Long term parking available on the pier and metered parking is available close to the pier.  Parking meters accept payment through the Parkmobile app.

COVID 19 PROTOCOLS:  We will follow all California, Santa Cruz County, and Santa Cruz City Parks COVID-19 protocols at the time of event.  We plan to provide a disposable mask to swimmers that can be worn until entering the water.  A disposable mask will be given to each swimmer upon exit from the race.  We appreciate everyone's adherence to state and local guidelines at the time of the event.

Note: If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from "SC MASTERS AQUATICS."

Online Registration closed on 7/29/2022.
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