Verrazzano Bridge to 21st St. Coney Island (Intro to Ocean Swimming)

In by Jacqueline Broner

  • Saturday July 13
    July 13, 2019
    10:30 am - 12:30 pm
  • Saturday Oct 12
    October 12, 2019
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Want to have one of the most amazing NYC swims ever? This is one of the best swims you can do in NYC. Just look at a map! Verrazano to Coney – it’s like you misspelled Xanadu.

Here’s how it goes: you swim out to your boat in Coney Island (nice), then boat transports you to the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge (oh my britches, have you ever seen that bridge from beneath it while treading water – what a wonder; oh and that boat ride wasn’t so bad either!) – then you swim with your group with a rushing current out to what seems like open ocean, past buoys and moored boats by Gravesend Bay and out to Norton Point… then just as the current changes you head east toward the Coney Island Pier.

During this transition you may feel like you’re in a bit of a washing machine (exhilarating), but after a short while you will once again feel the push of the tide assisting your swim – it’s like body surfing at times.

You’re not ever quite out in the open ocean but you certainly close to it. You get the experience of being “out there” without having to actually be out there. The feeling is sublime.

CAVEAT: We impose some strict rules for this swim – this is a group, fun swim. This is not a race. You must swim in a group. This is for safety reasons. Swimmers that sprint out too far in front will be pulled and not allowed to finish –  likewise, swimmers that fall too far behind will be pulled and will not be allowed to finish. With that warning, there have been numerous teams that have enjoyed this swim. So…find some swim buddies – practice swimming in a pack – make certain you practice in the open water in addition to swimming together in a pool. Test your feeds (you’ll only need 1 or 2), and practice swimming with a buoy. Once you’ve finished you’ll only want to do it again, or maybe consider swimming to Sandy Hook, NJ.

This is a members-only swim. 10 swimmers needed to cover $1500 boat fees, otherwise swim will cost more per swimmer or be cancelled.

SAFETY: Swimmers MUST swim in a POD – BEHIND the slowest swimmer.
PAYMENT: For this swim, you will pay a $170 deposit online, then bring $150 CASH to the swim to pay the boat captain. Your credit card will be refunded $150 for the price of the swim (minus the $20 admin fee).
<!– Swim Pod Captain pays deposit for (2) RHIBS = $1,500 – bring $1,500 CASH on swim day – we will refund your credit card. There is a $50 admin fee for all swimmers.–>CANCELLATION POLICY:
For safety, we reserve the right to cancel due to adverse weather or other unforeseen conditions. We will notify you by 10pm the night before your swim if adverse weather like 25mph winds, hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. make it unsafe to do the swim.

VB2CI6 Course

  •  Julian Flear
  •  Shara Frederick
  •  Phyllis Ho
  •  Josh Kalin
  •  Constance Sasso
  •  Spencer Schneider
  •  Bonnie Schwartz Nolan
  •  Marta Scott
  •  michael timoney
  •  Michael Uys

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Address:
3052 W 21st St, Brooklyn, New York, 11224, United States