Age 17 & Under Registration for 2024 Santa Cruz Annual Roughwater 1 Mile Swim

Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Assn

Saturday, August 17, 2024

Santa Cruz Masters & Santa Cruz Surf Life Saving Assn

Open Water Registration

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12:00 PM
Fri, Aug 16, 2024
01:00 PM

49th 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: Entrants under 18 years of age may only enter the 1 Mile Roughwater Swim, not the Cruz Cruise 2 mile. Under 18 entrants must have parent signature. 

ENTRIES: Online entries only.

  • Online entry closes Friday, August 16, 1pm. Paper entry allowed on race day.
  • Online entry fee for Roughwater Swim is $55 per person if registered by June 30.  Fee is $60 per person if received by August 16, 1pm. Race day registration is $70.00. For Roughwater Swim please list your time for a 1 mile swim (or estimate if you do not have a time). Waves for RW swim will be determined based on this seed time. No time entered will put you in the last wave.
  • If paying by credit card, your credit card statement will reflect a charge from “SC Masters Aquatics”.


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 will be 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).  


  • For the Roughwater on August 17, 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. 


For the 1 Mile ROUGHWATER:  Beach start, contestants receive a siren start, enter the ocean at Lifeguard Tower #3 on the east side of the Santa Cruz pier, swim parallel to the pier, around the end, then straight to the finish in front of the Dream Inn on the west side of the pier. Wave starts will be based on seed time submitted on entry form.

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.

Roughwater Swim:   Awards for under 18 (non-Masters) age groups: 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each gender and each age group.

Direct questions to:

Race Director Ned Hearn:  or 831-535-3261

• 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 mile to Soquel Avenue. Turn right onto Soquel Avenue, go 0.3 mile over the bridge to Front Street. Turn left onto Front Street, go south 0.6 mile 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 available in the vicinity of the Santa Cruz Pier. Long term parking available on the pier and metered parking available close to the pier. Parking meters accept payment through the Parkmobile app.


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

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