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See Below for Details on These Unique Books and DVD 
 
 
Open Water Swimming:
Lessons from Alcatraz
 
Gary and Joe Oakes have completely rewritten and then woven together "A Swim Criminal Looks at 100" and "The Alcatraz Swimmer's Manual."  Together, they 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 135-page book contains a treasure trove of information about the essential skills, techniques and fundamentals critical to safe and successful open water swimming.
 
Joe has lead over 30,000 swimmers from Alcatraz since 1981 and Gary has made over 1,000 crossings without wetsuit or fins.  From their first-hand experience, learn everything you need to know about Alcatraz and open water swimming.
 
This book is perfect for both the accomplished pool swimmer who wants to make the foray into open water and for the triathlete who wants to improve his / her open water skills.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Testimonials
"[I] very much enjoyed the insights and background to Alcatraz swims from the perspective of swimmers, escorts and race directors...These co-authors know what they are talking about and present it in an enjoyable, educational, engaging package." - Steve Munatones -
Read the entire review - click here.
 
"It is really wonderful.  Funny yet full of information.  I think it would be good information for all open water swimmers, not just those interested in Alcatraz."- Karen Reeder US Open Water Swimming 
 
"Aside from thoroughly enjoying your writing, it should be required reading for those undertaking the Bay swim.  Many thank for compiling your experiences into Lessons from Alcatraz."- Shawn I.   
 
"[I] just read Lessons from Alcatraz cover to cover and wanted to congratulate you and Joe.  It read very well, was both informal yet informative and gave a good background to the myth behind the swim. I especially liked the swim practicalities and the organisation/safety protocols."- Simon Murie, Founder, Swim Trek 
 
" The book is FABULOUS.  I'm so, so, SO glad I ordered it.  Also your writing has me laughing out loud and I'm reading portions to my husband for great chuckes." - Krista H.
 
"First, let me say I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Second, I'm a frequent contributor to the American Journal of Nursing's blog and your book was the inspiration for a recent post of mine.  I've quoted several lines of the book and related them to nursing.  I hope you'll take a look."- Marcy P.
 
"Joe and Gary wrote Lessons from Alcatraz based on personal experience and share them with both humor and humility; as a result, it was enjoyable to read and a valuable education.  They approached the project drawing on their wealth of knowledge and wrote in a conversational style.  This made reading the book feel like I was sitting at the bar drinking a few beers with a couple of salty swimmers who know what they're talking about." - Paul Lundgren - www.distanceswimming.com

"If Alcatraz is ever returned to its former status as a prison & you have the misfortune to find yourself incarcerated there, make sure you smuggle in a copy of 'Lessons from Alcatraz.'...You'll give yourself a much better chance of reaching the mainland." - H2Open Magazine
 
"I just finished your book and found it very enlightening even though I've done Alcatraz nine times." - Vincent W.
 
"I've been in Triathlons for 30 years and your suggestions regarding the swim in the Escape is one of the MOST informative articles I have read.  Thank you for the help." - Scott M.
 
To Purchase by Check or Money Order
Non-California Residents
To order your copy of Open Water Swimming:  Lessons from Alcatraz today, send a check or money order in the amount of $23.45 ($19.95 plus $3.50 shipping & handling) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, CA  94044-3930.  (No checks drawn on foreign banks - all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks, please.)
 
California Residents
To order your copy of Open Water Swimming:  Lessons from Alcatraz today, send a check or money order in the amount of $25.30 ($19.95 plus $3.50 shipping & handling and $1.85 state tax) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044-3930. 
 
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Lane Lines to Shore Lines - Your Complete Guide to Open Water Swimming (with a special 17-minute bonus section on swimming from Alcatraz)
 
This DVD covers an array of topics that will get you out of the pool and into the open water with the physical skills, techniques and mental confidence you need for enjoyable and efficient open water swimming.
 
For newbies, Lane Lines to Shore Lines will strip away whatever fears you may have about the open water and guide you step by step towards that feeling of liberation and exhilaration shared by so many other open water swimmers.
 
For the more seasoned, Lane Lines to Shore Lines will teach you the strategies and tactics that can lead you to the next level of performance and give you a competitive race day edge.
 
Topics include:
Join hosts Gary Emich and Phil DiGirolamo in this comprehensive and all encompassing open water swimming DVD.  Gary is the world record holder for Alcatraz swims - over 1,000 crossings without wetsuit or fins.  Phil is a top age group triathlete, certified USA Triathlon coach and US Masters Swim coach.  Together they have a tremendous wealth of education, knowledge and experience which is yours to share in Lane Lines to Shore Lines - Your Complete Guide to Open Water Swimming.
 
Running time is approximately 68 minutes.
 
To watch your free preview, click here.
 
Testimonials
"Thank you for the excellent DVD!  It is well done and presents the info in a matter-of-fact manner [and] addresses a wide range of swimmers." - Marcia C.
 
"It was FANTASTIC!  To be honest, it was one of the best swimming videos I've ever seen.  It was basic enough for beginners but also had a bunch of stuff that I learned as well!" - Janel J.
 
"In only his second triathlon, my son placed 5th in his age group!  Needless to say, now he is hooked.  It was his first time in a Bay competition and he said your tips were the key to his swim performance." - Charles F.
 
"Coach Bobbie loved your DVD and purchased several for her coaches." - Barb S.
 
"Great DVD...great tips on getting fueled up for the swim, alligator eyes, backsighting to track your path...just all the good intangibles that make a difference, all different than the standard swim DVD." - Jay P.
 
"The most informative video I've ever viewed, of any kind.  Provided easily comprehensible information about open water swimming that put my mind at ease...the Alcatraz info was priceless.  Overall, I score it an 11 on a 10 scale." - Jason L
 
"I did Alcatraz Sharkfest last June and took 2nd place in my age division...and the DVD helped me tremendously....Thanks for sharing your experiences with others, it made all the difference to me!! - Michael B.
 
"I've been meaning to write you to let you know I think you did an excellent job on your DVD.  I have several other DVD's and none come close to yours.  I am the open water swim coach for the S....V.... Tri Club and have recommend[ed] it to folks that are new to the sport." - Randy B.
 
"It is awesome.  You put a TON of work into it.  Very informative.  I've been swimming w a Masters program in Modesto for 10 years.  I learned a lot." - Ed M.   
 
To Purchase by Check or Money Order
Non-California Residents
To order your copy of Lane Lines to Shore Lines today, send a check or money order in the amount of $33.45 ($29.95 plus $3.50 shipping & handling) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, CA  94044-3930.  (No checks drawn on foreign banks - all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks, please.)
 
California Residents
To order your copy of Lane Lines to Shore Lines today, send a check or money order in the amount of $36.22 ($29.95 plus $3.50 shipping & handling and $2.77 state tax) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044-3930. 
 
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Lane Lines to Shore Lines
 
 
A Swim Criminal Looks at 100 - A Swimmer's Guide to a Successful Escape
 
This 35-page booklet outlines what it takes to make the "Escape."  Based on what I've learned in my first 100 crossings, I cover what I learned the hard way.
 
Join me as I discuss:
  • Physically Acclimating
  • Generating Internal Warmth
  • Dealing with Your Mental Demons
  • Sighting & Landmarks
  • What to Expect on Race Day
There are only two types of open water swimmers:  those who have accepted the challenges posed by Alcatraz and succeeded and those who are still waiting on the shore.  This book is written for both.
 
Testimonial
"Just finished reading "A Swim Criminal Looks at 100."  It was packed full of useful information, much of which I never even would have considered.  Absolutely essential reading for us novices.  I have to say though:  you are a crazy man!  Please take that as a compliment."- Jeff B.
 
To Purchase by Check or Money Order
Non-California Residents
To order your copy of A Swim Criminal Looks at 100 today, send a check or money order in the amount of $15.50 ($12.00 plus $3.50 shipping & handling) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, CA  94044-3930.  (No checks drawn on foreign banks - all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks, please.)
 
California Residents
To order your copy of A Swim Criminal Looks at 100 today, send a check or money order in the amount of $16.61 ($12.00 plus $3.50 shipping & handling and $1.11 state tax) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, Ca  94044-3930.
 
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A Swim Criminal Looks at 100
 
 
The Alcatraz Swimmer's Manual
 
Joe Oakes has been guiding swims from Alcatraz for nearly 30 years.  During that time he has lead more than 30,000 swimmers across the icy waters of San Francisco Bay.
 
With an introduction by triathlon legend, Scott Tinley, this helpful booklet is intended for the heroic soul who would brave the chilled and turbulent waters of San Francisco Bay.
 
As Joe says:  "Many are chilled but few are frozen."
 
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Non-California Residents
To order your copy of The Alcatraz Swimmer's Manual today, send a check or money order in the amount of $18.50 ($15.00 plus $3.50 shipping & handling) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, CA  94044-3930.  (No checks drawn on foreign banks - all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks, please.)
 
California Residents
To order your copy of The Alcatraz Swimmer's Manual today, send a check or money order in the amount of $19.89 ($15.00 plu $3.50 shipping & handling and $1.39 state tax) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, Ca  94044-3930.
 
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Wet Poets' Society - An Anthology of Swimmers' Poetry and Art
 
Welcome to the Society of Wet Poets and Artists.  This collection of poems, art and photgraphy - all done by open water swimmers - is a unique and one of a kind collection.  There is a wide variety of styles and forms that reveal the watery world swimmers know and love so well.
 
Many writers over the ages have expressed eloquently the beauty and magic, as well as tragedy, that water has held for mankind.  But never has there been a collected work consisting exclusively of swimmers' contributions.
 
Join swimming legends Lynne Cox, Alison Streeter and many others in this revelation of how the water affects us and captures our imaginations. 
 
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Non-California Residents
To order your copy of Wet Poets' Society today, send a check or money order in the amount of $35.50 ($30.00 plus $5.50 shipping & handling) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, CA  94044-3930.  (No checks drawn on foreign banks - all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks, please.)
 
California Residents
To order your copy of Wet Poets' Society today, send a check or money order in the amount of $38.28 ($30.00 plus $5.50 shipping & handling and $2.78 state tax) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, Ca  94044-3930.
 
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Wet Poets' Society
   
 
 
 
Joe Oakes, adventurer, has been enjoying adventures all over the world the last 30 years.  He has been around the world several times, climbing frigid mountains, running across desert, and experiencing the geographic and human diversity of our planet.  Recounting these adventures has made him a popular speaker for groups and on cruise ships.
 
With a Single Step is Joe's retelling of his physically demanding, exciting and humorous exploits around the world, running, paddling, swimming, mushing, biking and sailing into adventure after adventure.
 
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Non-California Residents
To order your copy of With a Single Step today, send a check or money order in the amount of $16.45 ($12.95 plus $3.50 shipping & handling) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, CA  94044-3930.  (No checks drawn on foreign banks - all checks must be drawn on U.S. banks, please.)
 
California Residents
To order your copy of With a Single Step today, send a check or money order in the amount of $17.65 ($12.95 plus $3.50 shipping & handling and $1.20 state tax) made payable to Lane Lines to Shore Lines LLC and mail to 1427 Livingston Avenue, Pacifica, Ca  94044-3930.
 
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With a Single Step