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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.

    Tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 20, 2014, 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 of the Bridge FAQ for details.

    Due to construction the swim will be going from Manhattan to Brooklyn, and you will jump off a ferry in order to enter the water at the start. Swimmer check-in and ferry boat boarding will be located at Wall Street - Pier 11 (near Wall Street and South Street) starting at 8:45 AM until 10:15.

    If you finish the 2014 Brooklyn Bridge Swim in the top 85%, you will be eligible to participate in the Statue of Liberty Swim on Labor Day Weekend.

    Date:07/20/2014 (Sunday) 
    Distance:1 K 
    Check In:
    08:45 AM - 10:15 AM Wall Street - Pier 11 (Wall St/ South St) Manhattan 
    Directions to Check In: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    11:15 AM Wall Street - Pier 11 (Wall St/ South St) Manhattan 
    Directions to Start: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn 
    Directions to Finish: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Time Limit:45 minutes 
    Fees:$90 December 21 – December 31, 2013
    $105 January 1 – February 1, 2014
    $115 February 2 – May 15, 2014
    $125 May 16 – June 30, 2014
    $130 July 1 – July 15, 2014
    $135 July 16 – July 18, 2014 (1:00 PM EDT)

    Entries open on December 21, 2013 at 1:00 PM EST
    and close (unless full prior) on July 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT.
    Awards:Awards are presented to the top finishers overall and within each age group. The award distribution may change up or down based on the actual number of enrollments. Top finisher and age group awards will be presented approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.

    Click here to see the 2014 Brooklyn Bridge Swim award distribution 
    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, 2012.
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    Any documented timed open water swim race of 0.5 mile or more since January 1, 2012 . [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 open water swim of 750 meters (0.47 mile) or longer since January 1, 2012. [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 USMS One-Hour Pool swim of 2200 yards/2000 meters or longer (certified/documented by an USMS official, USMS coach or lifeguard) since January 1, 2013. [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 pool swim of 1 mile (1650 yards/1500 meters) in 45 minutes or better since January 1, 2014. 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 6, 2014). Swimmers who enroll after July 6, 2014 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 72.0 °F to 78.0 °F (22.4 °C to 25.4 °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 on water quality
    Previous Year's Water Temp:76.10 °F (24.5 °C) on 07/20/2013
    73.40 °F (23.0 °C) on 07/20/2012
    77.72 °F (25.4 °C) on 07/20/2011
    77.36 °F (25.2 °C) on 07/20/2010
    72.32 °F (22.4 °C) on 07/20/2009