Usually we swim alongside a coastline, sometimes around islands, but rarely do we get to cross a channel. Tentatively scheduled for July 7, 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. To add to the allure, teams from Brooklyn and Manhattan will compete in the Battle of the Bridge.

    Date:07/07/2013 (Sunday) 
    Distance:1 K 
    9:40 AM  
    Time Limit:45 minutes 
    Field Size:400 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
    Fees:$90 December 21, 2012 – December 22, 2012
    $100 December 23, 2012 – December 31, 2012
    $105 January 1, 2013 – February 1, 2013
    $115 February 2, 2013 – May 15, 2013
    $125 May 16, 2013 – June 30, 2013
    $135 July 1, 2013 – July 5, 2013 (1:00 PM EDT)

    Entries open on December 15, 2012 at 1:00 PM EST
    and close (unless full prior) on July 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM EDT.
    Awards:Awards will be presented approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.
    10 - Overall (Male and Female)
    1 - 19 and under (Male and Female)
    1 - 20-24 (Male and Female)
    4 - 25-29 (Male and Female)
    4 - 30-34 (Male and Female)
    5 - 35-39 (Male and Female)
    5 - 40-44 (Male and Female)
    5 - 45-49 (Male and Female)
    4 - 50-54 (Male and Female)
    3 - 55-59 (Male and Female)
    3 - 60-64 (Male and Female)
    2 - 65-69 (Male and Female)
    1 - 70-74 (Male and Female)
    1 - 75-79 (Male and Female)
    1 - 80-84 (Male and Female) 
    Age Requirement:15 years and over ( younger swimmers may be accepted based on swimming experience).  
    Experience Requirement: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, 2011
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    Any documented timed open water swim race of 1/2 mile or more since January 1, 2011 [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, 2011 [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, 2013. 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] A USMS One Hour Swim of at least 2200 yards/2000 meters (entered with the coach or official in lieu of the lifeguard name) from January 2013 may be used to fulfill this requirement.

    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 June 23, 2013). Swimmers who enroll after June 23rd 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 64.0 °F to 74.0 °F (17.8 °C to 23.3 °C). 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:73.94 °F (23.3 °C) on 07/07/2012
    73.04 °F (22.8 °C) on 07/07/2011
    71.42 °F (21.9 °C) on 07/07/2010
    72.32 °F (22.4 °C) on 07/07/2009
    71.24 °F (21.8 °C) on 07/07/2008