The Pier Swim opens with swimmers diving into the surf, circles one mile around the pier and ultimately ends with swimmers riding waves onto the beach and dashing towards a finish line on the sand. Not much has changed in the years since it began, it is still an excuse to gather some of the most hardcore swimmers in the country, and even Canada, together to compete. The Pier Swim has transferred from being a fundraiser for the City of Oceanside itself to being the main fundraiser for the Oceanside Swim Club. A non-profit organization and competitive swim team for children 5-18 years of age. The Pier Swim allows children over 12 to participate and has swimmers in their twilight years, 70s and 80s. The mile can be enjoyed by all and is deaded by others coerced into doing it with their friends. However, one thing is true, after one time it is hard to stay away from friendly competition that the Pier Swim brings annually to Oceanside’s shores.