Gary Emich became the first person to complete 1,000 swims from Alcatraz Island to the shores of San Francisco without wetsuit or fins. The feat came on June 11, 2013. The swim is the equivalent of swimming nearly one Alcatraz each and every week for two decades. In addition to this astounding achievement, Gary's open water swimming resume includes the predator-infested Amazon River, Peru's Lake Titicaca which is the world's highest navigable lake at 12,500 feet, the 12-mile Rottnest Island Prison swim in the shark-infested waters of the Indian Ocean off Western Australia and many more open water swims. He is a certified triathlon coach specializing in open water swimming. He is affiliated with Swim Across America's Golden Gate Bridge swim, a charity that raises funds for CSF Benioff's Children's Hospital and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute. He is associated with Baykeeper, a non-profit organization that protects San Francisco Bay from pollution. The St. Louis, MO native has lived on Pedro Point for over 25 years.