Welcome to Lane Lines to Shore Lines!

Whether you're getting ready for your first open water swim, triathlon or even Alcatraz, visit my website and see how I can provide the skills and information you need to get out of the pool and into the open water safely, confidently and all while having a great time.  Believe it or not, you too can experience the joy, exhilaration and freedom savored by so many open water swimmers.  Come on in - the water is open!

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Written by Gary from the Spring 2009 issue of USA Triathlon Life Magazine

May 19, 2009
Don't Let the Pool Cheat You

Written by Gary from the July 2008 Issue of Inside Triathlon Magazine

June 16, 2008
Train Like You Race


(June 3, 2011 - tracked on my Garmin Forerunner 305




2011 Schedule of Private Alcatraz Swims  

If you're tired of swimming in the aquatic roller derby conditions of commercial events then consider a private Alcatraz crossing for you and up to 3 of your friends.  Makes a great birthday gift for the open water swimmer in your family.  And, it's a great way to get the inside advantage on your competitors if you're considering one of 2011's Alcatraz events.  Check out my "Services" page for more information.




Gary & Joe Oakes team up to answer your every question about what it takes to swim from the Rock.  As if this weren't enough, their informative and entertaining book contains a treasure trove of information about open water swimming including physical acclimatization, internal warmth, mental preparation, open water training and essential open water skills and techniques.
Joe has lead over 30,000 swimmers from Alcatraz since 1981 and Gary has made nearly 750 crossings without wetsuit or fins.  From their first-hand experience, learn everything you need to know about Alcatraz and open water swimming.