Catalina Channel Swimming Federation


    Two Deadlines Loom 
Discount Sanction Fee Deadline Is This Friday, May 1st
Only a few days remain before CCSF fees increase to full fare

Sanction fees are discounted for relay teams and solo swimmers, who submit completed applications by this Friday, May 1st. Afterward, the CCSF fee for the 2015 season will increase to the full fare.

Questions concerning your application may be addressed to

Register by Friday May 1st for L.A. Observer Training
The CCSF leads three separate sessions, including one CPR re-certification course

Once again, the CCSF and Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (Santa Barbara CSA) have partnered to host observer training in Southern California.

  • Los Angeles, Saturday May 16, at the home of Julie & Dave Bender. Please register with Paula Selby for CPR re-certification by this Friday, May 1st.

Valid CPR certification is required of observers. Our review course, with an emphasis on water rescue, is free of charge. Certification extends two years. Please consider attending, if your CPR cert expires in 2015.

  • Santa Barbara, Saturday May 30 from 9am to 1pm, at the Cabrillo Bathhouse on East Beach. Please register with Dave Van Mouwerik as space is limited. Lunch will be served afterward. Coffee is available in the morning.
  • San Diego, Saturday June 6, at the home of Carol Sing. Please RSVP with Paula Selby, who will provide further details to registrants including times and address for the Los Angeles and San Diego sessions.

David Yudovin Memorial Relay to Benefit City of Hope

Swim Across America relays in Catalina will raise funds for the cancer institute

Last month, we lost our friend and CCSF member David Yudovin, just as he was coordinating a Catalina Channel relay fundraiser to benefit the City of Hope Cancer Research Center.

Please join Beth Yudovin and Swim Across America (SAA) in honoring David by donating today to the SAA – Catalina Relay. The money raised goes directly to City of Hope, which is world-renowned for making a difference in the lives of people with cancer.

Three decades ago, David was treated for a rare form of Leukemia. He expressed his gratitude, on an annual basis, by generously donating to City of Hope and hosting major fundraising events. David envisioned this SAA Catalina relay as the launch of another yearly fundraiser.

Dan Simonelli (email) is now facilitating these SAA relays.

In September, David Yudovin was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and in 1999 he entered the International Marathon Swimmers Hall of Fame. Among his 40 channel swims, David crossed Catalina four times and supported countless others. That two dozen marathon swimmers– from across five decades– attended his memorial in central California is a testiment to how much David meant to our community.

When not in the water, David volunteered as the driver for the Cambria (California) Community Bus. He was a member of the all-volunteer North Coast Ocean Rescue (NCOR). His generosity knew no bounds.

Pictured in 1955, Amy Hiland celebrates a successful swim
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