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  • In reply to: Welcome to the new CIBBOWS swim chat

    June 14, 2024 at 4:43 pm #24537

    Hi! Our Sunday group swim is the regular guided group swim we have every weekend – it’s not a “clinic” per se, but it does have group leaders. If you just want to come out and swim, there are many people who gather on the beach and head out, you can introduce yourself and see if anyone is roughly your speed to join with.

    In reply to: INTRO CLINIC helpful items

    June 13, 2024 at 10:03 pm #24527

    The waitlist for 6/22 was filled but I just opened a spot as someone had been on it twice. However, like Valerie said, even if you can’t get in that day you can come down and meet people and get some pointers.

    In reply to: May swims

    May 2, 2024 at 8:14 am #23946

    The “where” is directly down from Brighton 4th St. The “when” is what I already said – but yes, it’s a show up and see if people are there thing. Around 9-10 on weekends will definitely be folks but some do show up in the late morning or early afternoon. Weekdays people tend to go earlier but 9 am is the best time to shoot for.

    In reply to: May swims

    April 29, 2024 at 3:36 pm #23900

    Hi Colin. There’s no formal meet time in the off season – people tend to come in the mornings around 8:30 on weekdays and 9-10am on weekends. There’s a far larger crowd on weekends. Bags are left at your own risk – but usually there’s bunches of people hanging around and socializing. Do not bring anything valuable that you would worry about leaving behind, or put it in a swim buoy. Keep in mind that off-season swimming is technically prohibited and there are no lifeguards.

    In reply to: Welcome to the new CIBBOWS swim chat

    July 26, 2023 at 4:22 pm #22842

    Hi Christopher – our groups are members only except we generally allow a one time drop in for $25. Have your friend email us at and we can set up a special ticket for them to register – they must register in advance.

    In reply to: INTRO CLINIC helpful items

    July 20, 2023 at 6:13 pm #22510

    We’ve opened up a waitlist so you can sign up for that now.

    In reply to: CIBBOWS open water swims on Sundays

    September 8, 2022 at 1:42 pm #19623

    Hi Jonathan! It is not legal to swim in NYC in the off season. That said, people do still swim, usually without consequence. You’ll find people on the beach directly down from Brighton 4th St. on weekends (and smaller groups during the week). If Parks Dept. employees ask you to exit the water you should comply. But most people go in the mornings and swim without any disruption.

    In reply to: Sunday yoga 2023?

    September 7, 2022 at 9:02 am #19609

    We haven’t planned out next season yet so we will see. Although yoga is offered free to our community, we have to have the budget to pay instructors, so it’ll be taken into consideration.

    In reply to: Veterans Day Swim?

    September 7, 2022 at 8:55 am #19608

    There are no plans at this time. In the past we have had Veteran’s Day swims but the weather is so iffy – last time it was 30 degrees out and almost no one registered and showed up. It takes a lot to plan these things so while we’d love to do it, the time of year makes it difficult – but we will certainly keep it under consideration.

    In reply to: Need some one to swim with me agost 29th

    August 23, 2022 at 10:38 am #19560

    Hi Carolina – it is perfectly safe to swim parallel to the beach at Brighton Beach/Coney Island – people will likely be there early morning (around 6:30-7:00am) and another group tends to go around 8:30am. They meet at the lifeguard chair at Brighton 4th St – directions on our site.

    In reply to: Pre-work weekday swims?

    June 3, 2022 at 1:20 pm #18921

    Hi Werner! There are a number of people that go weekday mornings, usually an 8:30 group and there might be an earlier group as well though you must keep in mind that beaches don’t officially open with lifeguards till 10:00 am and swimming is prohibited before then so you take a chance. Water temp is around 63-65F these days.

    In reply to: Pre-work weekday swims?

    May 31, 2022 at 2:44 pm #18898

    To add to that, there’s a good chance that someone will call the police if they see people in the water. That area of downtown is very active with boat traffic and it’s not safe to swim unescorted.

    In reply to: Welcome to the new CIBBOWS swim chat

    May 28, 2022 at 6:23 pm #18876

    That’s a very personal preference. Some do wear wetsuits and some neoprene shirts – most of our long time swimmers do not. Water is in the low 60s now.

    In reply to: Welcome to the new CIBBOWS swim chat

    May 28, 2022 at 5:48 pm #18874

    Hi Spence! We don’t have any organized activities on Monday but people will certainly be at the beach. Just come by with whatever swim gear you need (bright cap and goggles, towel, sunscreen, etc.) and meet people and go out for a swim. Small informal groups of people usually head out together and if you’re uneasy about swimming alone I’m sure you can join someone or two.

    In reply to: Welcome to the new CIBBOWS swim chat

    March 14, 2022 at 3:25 pm #9541

    Hi Noah. Although there’s no place to legally swim off season in NYC – plenty of people swim year round at Brighton Beach. Please note there are no lifeguards and people use a “swim at your own risk” policy even though it’s technically not allowed. You’ll find people at Brighton 4th St. on weekend mornings around 10:00 am and later. Usually a good crowd shows up around 10:30ish especially on Sunday.