For 2020, we will offer a number of members-only swims on a bespoke level. If you are interested in any of these swims as a solo or small team that you’ve put together, we can make it happen. You must have a group of people that swim at the same pace for the multi-person swims. Each swim will have a set price that will be divided amongst the swimmers or paid as a solo swim.

Please check back soon as we will add the possible swim dates and the contact form.

16 Miles

For the more experienced open water swimmer!

So you've put in your hours, days, weeks, months, and years of training and now you want to have an experience that will both challenge you and remain as a cherished memory for the rest of your life. This is an Epic Swim. One that will make you feel connected to all the ancient mariners that navigated the waters of NYC even before it was NYC.

You splash in at the Brooklyn Bridge (photo op #1), hey this is spectacular! You start your swim down past lower Manhattan taking in the sights,  what's that? You notice that the tide is now starting to assist you a bit (oh darn, just as I was starting to enjoy the views a bit much, maybe that's a good thing). Now the tides start to quicken even more as you pass through the Buttermilk Channel and skirt the once industrial coast of Brooklyn heading toward the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge. This is an almost forgotten part of the NYC harbor - both urban and a bit wild - a precursor to the open water of the New York Bight that you will eventually enter. The tidal waves become larger and the currents push you along at an even greater rate. Soon the tidal swells make you feel like you're body surfing at points (yippee!), yet you may also gulp a few too many mouthfuls of unexpected brine - hold fast. Then, there she is: the Verrazzano-Narrows bridge, which has been teasing you for so long. Now she is larger than ever and is spanning a reach that you can no longer see in that "take a snap shot" open water sighting drill you trained so hard for. Luckily you will have time to take in the span of the VZB's glory as you get your feeds. If you're lucky, or if you insist, you can feed or take a rest right under this wonder of the world. Now it's time to push out into the open ocean of the New York Bight; or at least this is what it will feel like. Sighting of land becomes scarce and the appearance of a red or green buoy reminds you that you are not truly alone. As you swim you pass a glorious old lighthouse (West Bank), some shallows - was that a dolphin? And then, in the distance, a pristine sandy beach. It's right there! I'll be there in a few minutes! Well, not quite; there are the currents to deal with. So you push on harder and for longer than you think and just when you think you can't go on any longer there's sand under your feet and you can stand… do I walk to shore or swim? Oh, walking feels unnatural; so you swim, even doggy paddle, until it's so shallow that you have to stand and then you emerge from the glorious Atlantic onto this strangely pristine beach in NJ feeling equally part of all of NYC's proud maritime tradition.

Now a brief moment to rejoice. Do you weep with joy or scream with triumph? You can do both. Quickly now, your crew is waiting -  swim back out onto your support boat and eat something yummy. You'll probably get a great sunset view on the return trip home.

STAGING: Meet at Grimaldo's Chair and swim out to the boats at Brighton Beach.

DURATION: 6hrs - bring feed/hydration for 7hrs.

ADDITONAL INFO: Recommended pool pace 1:30/100 yds - additionally, swim pace option to consider for slower swimmers - if we are not at VZ one hour before peak ebb, we will pick you up and reposition you so that you have a better chance to finish at SH at SLACK.

This swim can be organized for members only! 

All participants need to be approved by swim director! Your swim history will be reviewed for this swim.

 

Distance: 9 Miles
NEW: You can now do this swim as a relay team. Swimmers switch every 30 minutes.

You’re standing on the boardwalk in Brighton Beach and to the far distant South, you can see the beautiful sandy beaches of Sandy Hook, NJ. You wonder – has anyone ever been brave enough to swim there from here, are other people interested in swimming there, and is there an organization that offers these swims? Yes, yes, and yes. From that same point on the boardwalk, look over your right shoulder beyond the Wonder Wheel and the iconic Parachute Jump – there you can spot the tops of the towers that support the Verrazzano Bridge.

For safety we will have a minimum of (2) RHIBS with either 1-2-3-4 swimmers. If we have more than 4 swimmers we will get another RHIB - determined on a case-by-case basis. Swimmers must be a similar speed as they will swim together at the same pace in a tight dolphin pod. While some of you may train together in the pool, this does not necessarily translate to open water long distance swimming - we recommend training and swimming together in the ocean at Brighton Beach to make sure you're a good match.

Pick-up and drop-off at will be at Brighton Beach. Swimmers, crew, and observers swim out 500 feet to the RHIBS with all your food, hydration, gear for the swim in a waterproof dry bag. Bring 50' feed rope and make sure your feed is securely tied to the rope. You will feed from the RHIB! After swimming out to the boat and receiving a safety orientation, prep for your swim and away we go, off to another swim adventure!

Ticket times are to meet and board the RHIBs at Brighton Beach. Swim time will be 1 hour later.

This swim can be organized for members only! 

All participants need to be approved by swim director! Your swim history will be reviewed for this swim.

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 can be organized as a members-only swim for up to 10 swimmers (you must have a group already established). Swimmers must stay in tight pods - slowest swimmer sets the pace.