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    Usually we swim alongside a coastline, sometimes around islands, but rarely do we get to cross a channel. This is your chance to swim your way across the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan, in the shadow of the most famous bridge in the world. All swimmers should have this on a list of the races to do this summer. To add to the allure, teams from Brooklyn and Manhattan will compete in the Battle of the Bridge. Want to know how you can apply to be on one of the teams? Check out our Battle FAQ for details.

    Preliminary waves and race numbers have been posted on the Swimmers tab. We will have nine waves, fastest to slowest, roughly 2-3 mins apart, with 45-50 people per wave. If you have any questions about your seeding, please e-mail

    07/30/2011 (Saturday) Backup:07/31/2011 (Sunday) 
    Distance:1 K 
    Check In:
    7:00 AM - 8:15 AM  
    9:15 AM Brooklyn Bridge Park 
    Directions to Start: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    East River Park - Dover Street/South Street 
    Directions to Finish: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Time Limit:45 minutes 
    Field Size:450 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
    Fees:$85 December 15 – December 25, 2010
    $95 December 26, 2010 – January 31, 2011
    $110 February 1 – May 31, 2011
    $130 June 1 – July 23, 2011
    $130 July 24 – July 28, 2011 (was $145 – but increase canceled due to North River Plant fire)

    Entries open on December 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST
    and close (unless full prior) on July 28, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST.
    Awards:Awards will be presented approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.
    3 - Overall (Male and Female)
    1 - 15-19 (Male and Female)
    2 - 20-24 (Male and Female)
    3 - 25-29 (Male and Female)
    3 - 30-34 (Male and Female)
    3 - 35-39 (Male and Female)
    3 - 40-44 (Male and Female)
    3 - 45-49 (Male and Female)
    3 - 50-54 (Male and Female)
    2 - 55-59 (Male and Female)
    2 - 60-64 (Male and Female)
    1 - 65-69 (Male and Female)
    2 - 70-74 (Male and Female)
    1 - 75-79 (Male and Female)
    1 - 80 and over (Male and Female)

    Medals for all participants. 
    Age Requirement:15 years and over ( younger swimmers may be accepted based on swimming experience).  
    Experience Requirement:Safety concerns require us to ensure that every participant in a NYC Swim swim event has adequate swim experience; thus we have set certain qualifying standards for participation in each of our events. You may register for a NYC Swim event even if you have not completed a qualifying swim, and your enrollment will be approved upon verification of your qualifying swim details. It is your responsibility to submit qualification information. NYC Swim does not provide refunds or transfers for swimmers who are not approved to participate in an event.

    The experience requirement for participating in the Brooklyn Bridge Swim is as follows:

    The completion of any NYC Swim open water swim or Aquathlon since January 1, 2009
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    Any documented timed open water swim race of 3/4 mile or more since January 1, 2009 [How to upload your results] [What type of results can I list in my profile and use to qualify for an NYC Swim event?]
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    Any documented sprint triathlon with a timed 750-meter (.47-mile) or longer open water swim since January 1, 2009 [How to upload your results] [What type of results can I list in my profile and use to qualify for an NYC Swim event?]
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    Pool certification in a manner consistent with the sample template, which can be accessed on your user profile swimmer page, documenting the completion of a continuous 1-mile pool swim (1650 yards/1500 meters) in 45 minutes or better since January 1, 2011. To provide the best indicator of open water ability and a solid basis for comparison with other swimmers’ pool times, the pool swim should ideally be done in a deep-water, competition-length pool. [Where to do a pool certification swim] [How to upload pool certificate]

    All pool certifications and qualifying swim information must be received by NYC Swim at least 14 days prior to the date of the race (no later than July 16, 2011). Swimmers who enroll after July 17th must submit their qualification information to NYC Swim within 24 hours of enrollment. Participants' qualifications will not be accepted, reviewed or approved on race day. 
    Predicted Water Conditions:Approximately 74 to 78 degrees. Wetsuits/non-traditional swim attire may be worn but may affect a swimmer's eligibility for awards. The full wetsuit policy can be viewed here.

    There can be a substantial amount of chop in the water from wind & tide action. The waterways are salt-water and there is shipping traffic. There may be random jetsam & flotsam in the waterways. For additional information on swimming and water quality in the Hudson River, please see our FAQ page. 
    Previous Year's Water Temp:75.74 °F (24.3 °C) on 07/30/2010
    76.82 °F (24.9 °C) on 07/30/2009
    77.00 °F (25.0 °C) on 07/30/2008
    74.12 °F (23.4 °C) on 07/30/2007
    74.30 °F (23.5 °C) on 07/30/2006