• February 22, 2018 at 2:44 pm #680
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      Post any community related inquiries here – maybe you’re looking for swim buddies, perhaps you need help with a training plan. Please be respectful and helpful – and happy swimming!

    • April 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm #1358
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      AvatarJacob Manalac
      Guest

      Hi,

      When will the open water swims start this year? Will it be Saturday/Sunday May 26th and 27th? Will this be the first weekend where the swims will be hosted?

      Thanks in advance.

      Jacob

    • May 9, 2018 at 5:11 pm #1491
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      AvatarKaryn Mullin
      Participant

      looks to me like June 2nd will be the first CLINIC, however, there is a fee attached to these this year? I don’t remember paying last year.

    • May 9, 2018 at 9:30 pm #1492
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      Hi Karyn! You are correct in that clinics were included with membership fee last year. However, we have added a small admin fee to reserve a spot – mainly because we pay our clinic instructors and in the past there have been a lot of no-shows or repeat attendees. We feel that this nominal fee is still a great bargain compared to the hundreds of dollars other clubs charge for their clinics, and it allows us to keep top-notch instructors. Hope that explains it and we hope to see you at a clinic.

    • May 9, 2018 at 9:31 pm #1493
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      Jacob – I believe we corresponded in email – my apologies for missing this post – YES, it’s Saturday May 26. Hope to see you then!

    • May 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm #1544
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      AvatarJacob Manalac
      Guest

      Thanks Jacqueline! I’m gonna try my luck this Sunday, hoping to meet other swimmers there. I registered for a sprint distance tri event on June 3rd and I have not practiced on open water! As you said, I’ll start with a short swim, I won’t stay in too long. I want to at least have a feel of how it is to swim with my wetsuit on.

    • May 22, 2018 at 11:38 pm #1575
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      AvatarThis Saturday may 26
      Guest

      Will there be swimming this Saturday or sun or Monday ? If so, what time should we be at Grimaldos chair? There will be bag watching, right? Thank you. Maggie mschwarzny@aol.com

    • May 23, 2018 at 8:05 am #1576
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      Yes Maggie – the season starts on Saturday! We’ll be at Grimaldo’s Chair starting around 10am all three days.

    • May 25, 2018 at 12:46 pm #1590
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      AvatarKlara
      Guest

      Hi! I know there’s a clinic for memebers next weekend, but I’m totally new to open water swimming and looking to get some practice in before a scheduled tri mid-June. I’m not adverse to joining as a member, but have to budget and probably can’t for another 2-3 weeks.

      Two questions: first, can I come to the swims THIS weekend as a total newbie and non memeber? Second, can non-members pay the $40 to attend the beginner clinics?

      Thanks.

    • May 25, 2018 at 3:11 pm #1591
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      Hi Klara – Unfortunately we can only offer clinics to members right now – it’s due to insurance – but you are more than welcome to come, hang out, meet other swimmers, and swim with us in an informal capacity. If you talk to folks and find someone roughly your speed, I’m sure people would welcome you to swim with them. Our weekend hangouts are pretty loose. Just come by and join us! And if you end up joining as a member in another week or 2, you can probably get a clinic or two in before your Tri.

    • May 26, 2018 at 9:58 pm #1593
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      AvatarDavid Wallman
      Participant

      Hi,
      I am hoping to do my 4 hour qualifying swim for Ederle-Burke on Monday (Labor Day) and will need an observer. If anyone is already planning going to Coney Island that day, I could use some help.
      Thanks,

      -David

    • June 4, 2018 at 10:28 am #1649
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      Hi all: let my membership lapse , so happy to be back! cheers

    • June 18, 2018 at 7:42 pm #1729
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      AvatarMaddie
      Guest

      Hello! I would love to join up for the weekend swims, are the lockers on the boardwalk available during these times? Or is there another way to secure metro cards and keys? Thank you

    • July 5, 2018 at 8:21 pm #2181
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      AvatarRichard Realmuto
      Participant

      Hi, I am the blind swimmer and a new member and have signed up for the Jetty clinic on July 8. Need to get in contact with Pat for the Jetty drill on this Sunday to make an arrangement for a buddy or buddies to assist me. Please contact me to let me know if this can be worked out.
      Thanks so much. Hope to hear from you soon.
      Rich Realmuto

    • July 11, 2018 at 1:49 pm #2598
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      AvatarPierre Santos
      Guest

      Hi!

      I have severe deep water anxiety, and I had to defer my 2018 NYC triathlon because after 5 open water swim training I felt I was not mentally ready. One of the volunteers of NYC tri told me about CIBBOWS and advised me to look into your program. I don’t know if this is the right group for me to help me conquer my anxiety in deep water, but I am hoping you could be of help to me.

      Thanks and all the best,
      Pierre
      6462016771

    • July 12, 2018 at 8:08 pm #2616
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      AvatarRichard Realmuto
      Participant

      Pierre,

    • July 28, 2018 at 7:35 am #2691
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      AvatarConstance Sasso
      Participant

      Hello Pierre!
      Have you connected with any of the CIBBOWS people yet?
      I’ve also got open water swim “issues” and have participated in several triathlons (including NYC).

      CIBBOWS has been an amazing resource for me!
      If you’d like to discuss further please feel free to email me!

      Constance

    • September 14, 2018 at 3:38 pm #2975
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      AvatarMarit Boots
      Guest

      Hi,

      I will be visiting New York on October 23rd and would love to have a short swim alongside Manhattan in the morning. Is this possible somewhere and maybe a swimbuddy who wants to meet up and have a fun swim?

      Thanks,
      Marit

    • October 19, 2018 at 6:54 pm #3243
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      AvatarElana
      Guest

      Is anyone swimming tomorrow morning? If so, what time?

      Thanks

    • March 17, 2019 at 11:12 am #3361
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      AvatarMartine Hasenauer
      Guest

      Hi,
      I’m new here and wondering about Cibbows. I swim in pool bi weekly but fascinated by ocean. Questions: do Cibbows groups also swim during the week, or is it only week ends? (I work most WE). Do you need to be a member to swim with the groups? Can you pay only when you swim? Looking forward, Martine

    • May 21, 2019 at 3:43 pm #3690
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      AvatarMarie D
      Guest

      Hi, I assume most people use wetsuits through June, is that correct? And, I would like to swim t/o the summer. Does anyone have any recommendations on the best thickness for a wetsuit? Thanks in advance, Marie

    • June 4, 2019 at 10:11 am #3755
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      Hi Marie – no, not everyone wears one. It’s a very personal choice. If you’re sensitive to the cold or do triathlons you might want to wear one, but most of us don’t, really. If you do get one I’d go for the lighter weights as the water is going to warm up each weekend.

    • June 4, 2019 at 10:12 am #3756
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      Martine – we meet only on weekends as a formal group – but as you meet people, you may find some that have flexible schedules and would be willing to meet informally on the weekdays.

    • June 4, 2019 at 9:56 pm #3761
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      AvatarShana Wertheimer
      Participant

      I am looking forward to logging some open water swim time as a new member this summer (just joined) only to discover the intro swim this Saturday is full! Is the 12 person capacity strict? Unfortunately I can’t make another meet up until late June so would love to log some swim time Saturday if possible.

      Thanks so much!

    • June 5, 2019 at 9:22 am #3762
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      Shana – we need to keep the group small as it is difficult for the coaches to keep everyone together when they are different speeds. However, we sometimes have no shows. I have opened up a waitlist – you can sign up for that and if someone lets us know that they can’t make it – we can let you know. We might not know till right before it starts so you can still come out to the beach just in case – you can swim on your own or find a partner till the next clinic you can make.

    • June 20, 2019 at 2:13 pm #3851
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      AvatarJessica Beecher
      Guest

      Hi!

      I moved to Manhattan a few months ago, but originally from Long Island. I’m swimming in the Maggie Fischer Cross Bay swim (5.5 miles across the Great South Bay) in July and have been missing out on my open water swims. I’m thinking of joining the Cibbows membership so that I can still get some training in on the weekends. How can I go about doing this and come possibly this Saturday?

      Thanks!
      Jessica

    • June 20, 2019 at 2:41 pm #3852
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      Hi Jessica! Head to our site cibbows.org and click on the Membership tab. Once you’ve joined you can sign up for our clinics and group swims. Saturday is our beginner clinic – we have only one spot open if you’d like to join it – sign up quickly. If you aren’t a beginner to open water – we do have group swims on Sundays. You can also just come out and hang out and find a buddy to swim with.

      EDIT – Our clinic this Sat. 6/22 just sold out. We can start a waitlist in case of cancellations. But we have more clinics upcoming.

    • June 20, 2019 at 7:19 pm #3855
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      AvatarNicholas Burnham
      Participant

      Yeah. welcome back

    • June 20, 2019 at 7:22 pm #3856
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      AvatarNicholas Burnham
      Participant

      Members are given swim buoys which can hold stuff while you swim. We recommend an extra waterproof container to put into the buoy, but I’ve never had any problems.

    • June 20, 2019 at 7:26 pm #3857
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      AvatarNicholas Burnham
      Participant

      Lucky for to get into the Great South Bay Swim. Show up this Saturday and if there’s room in the clinic you can join in with a contribution; if there’s no room there will be plenty of people swimming and everyone want some company.

    • June 26, 2019 at 8:32 pm #3887
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      AvatarElizabeth Wolff
      Participant

      Hi, I’ll be joining the swim clinic this Saturday and looking forward! My husband wants to meet me after, do we end at Grimaldo’s Chair as well as start there? If not, any idea where he can meet me? Thanks!

    • June 26, 2019 at 8:38 pm #3888
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      Hi Elizabeth – yes, Grimaldo’s Chair (the lifeguard chair on our bay of the beach) is home base – he can meet you right there. We hang out there most of the day.

    • July 24, 2019 at 9:50 am #4033
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      AvatarMichael Cassidy
      Participant

      Hi
      Where do we meet for the Breezy Point Swim? I am coming from Long Island and I am curious where I need to be and at what time.
      Sorry. Newbie to CIBBOWS.

      Thanks!

    • July 24, 2019 at 10:08 am #4034
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      Hi Michael – we will send out a swimmer memo soon but the staging area for the swim will the Education Hall building of the NY Aquarium which is located on the boardwalk between the Aquarium and the amusement park.

    • September 8, 2019 at 1:54 pm #4531
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      AvatarGeorge Dawson
      Participant

      Hi.
      I see the date of september 21 has been changed for the triple dip event. As such, will you all reschedule the whale watching excursion that was to be held on the date of the 21st?

      Regards,
      Dr. Dawson

    • September 25, 2019 at 1:33 pm #4941
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      AvatarMartine
      Guest

      Hi!
      Anyone up for a swim tomorrow morning? I am a pretty slow swimmer and thinking of swimming about 45/50 minutes. Martine

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