About the Event 

The Naples Island Swims is an open water swimming competition which began in 1903, held in Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA. The event is an excellent venue for beginning, intermediate and expert open water swimmers alike, with race distances of 500 yards, 1 mile and 3 miles.

The Naples Island Swims continues to be one of the best loved aquatic events for the City of Long Beach. 

The City of Long Beach has been officially recognized as the Aquatic Capital of America, serving as the destination for a wide range of aquatic sports and activities.

Proceeds from the event will underwrite youth swimming programs in the City of Long Beach.


Event Schedule

Swim Events

Sunday, August 18, 2024

Race Day Check-In Opens:

8:00 AM

No race day entries will be accepted.

500Y Swim: 9:00 AM

1 Mile Swim: 9:20 AM     

3 Mile Swim: 9:40 AM   

Entry Fees

1 Mile / 3 Mile Swim


June 15 through July 15 $60

Late Registration

July 16 though August 15 $75

There is No Race Day Registration
Please note this event sells out early.

We close registration when we reach capacity to maintain a safe event for all participants. 

500 Yard Swim


June 15 through August 15 $25

There is No Race Day Registration
Please note this event sells out early.

We close registration when we reach capacity to maintain a safe event for all participants. 

How to Get There

Start and Finish for All Events on the Beach Between:

United States Sailing Center - 5489 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803


Leeway Sailing Center - 5431 E Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

Metered Parking will be available in the large public lots off of E. Ocean Blvd. Parking will not be available on Bayshore Ave. as it is closed to through traffic and parking from 9 AM to 5 PM during the busy summer months.

The closest available public restrooms to the event registration locations will be at Bayshore Aquatic Playground Park. Restrooms will also be available at the corner of Bayshore Ave. and E. 2nd St after 8 AM. 

Get to the race with Long Beach Transit


Competitor safety support is provided by the Long Beach Fire Department Marine Safety Division. The event safety plan is available upon request.

Water Conditions

Storm/ Water Conditions 

Recent years have seen an increase in Tropical Storms in Southern California.

In 2023 our Naples Island Swim was cancelled and rescheduled as a direct result of a Tropical Storm.

We learned that water quality is often severely impacted for weeks after such storms.

As a result, in the event of such circumstances, we will cancel the event and rollover all swimmers to the following year. An email will be sent out to all registered swimmers to inform them. No refunds will be given.

General Water Conditions

In general, summer season water temperatures along the Long Beach Coast and Los Alamitos Bay can range from low 60's °F to the upper 60's °F. 

The temperature can swing 3-4 degrees within just a couple day's time. The swimming events will be cancelled or held with shorted race distances following USA Swimming's low water temperature limit of 60.8 °F. 

Water Temperature 

ACOA maintains a real time Water Temperature Sensor near the Start and Finish Line area. The live stats are displayed at the top of their website: here

Water Quality 

Water quality can be monitored via the Long Beach Public Health Department link:

Alamitos Bay Water Quality Test Site Locations

Alamitos Bay Water Quality Data


Hardcore Sport is offering a wide range of customized Naples Island Swims gear for the 2024 race. 

Hurry and get in an order today because Pre-order ends Sunday, July 21st!

You may pick up your purchased items before, during, and after the event.