Most of my ocean swimming is done in the La Jolla Cove, home to the greatest number of “Channel swimmers” in the world. The wide range of depths off the La Jolla shelf allow for great variability in swells, currents and temperature – all perfect for year round open water training. The points marked on the map below are those most commonly used as reference points when charting training courses for any given day.
For example, I’ve used an L-shaped course for my 6 hour English Channel qualifying swims: Cove to Tower to Pier to Tower to A buoy (repeat). By starting at the Cove, there is the added luxury of the jacuzzi at the La Jolla Cove Athletic Club to assist with the warming-process.