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    Jump off a ferry boat and circle a piece of Manhattan at this challenging 2-Miler around the birthplace of New York City, with great views of Lower Manhattan, Jersey City, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and, of course, Governors Island itself.

    We regret to announce that the Governors Island Swim will not be taking place due to the extremely limited water visibility and the amount of debris that cannot be seen in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Please feel free to join us any time between noon and 2:00 at what would have been the swim check-in location on the island (the lawn by Pier 101, where the Brooklyn ferry comes in) to pick up your souvenir T-shirt and enjoy the island.

    09/10/2011 (Saturday) Backup:09/11/2011 (Sunday) 
    Distance:2.0 M 
    Check In:
    12:15-1:30 PM  
    2:30 PM Governors Island - Pier 101 (board a ferry to Castle Williams to jump into the water) 
    Directions to Start: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Governors Island - Dock 101/Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel air vent. 
    Directions to Finish: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Time Limit:2 hours 
    Field Size:325 (294 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
    Fees:$85 December 15 – December 25, 2010
    $95 December 26, 2010 – January 31, 2011
    $110 February 1 – August 31, 2011
    $130 September 1 – September 5, 2011
    $145 September 6 – September 8, 2011

    Entries open on December 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST
    and close (unless full prior) on September 8, 2011 at 1:00 PM.
    Awards:Awards will be presented approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.
    3 - Overall (Male and Female)
    3 - 15 to 19 (Male and Female)
    3 - 20 to 29 (Male and Female)
    3 - 30 to 39 (Male and Female)
    3 - 40 to 49 (Male and Female)
    3 - 50 to 59 (Male and Female)
    3 - 60 to 69 (Male and Female)
    3 - 70 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 Governors Island 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 1.5 miles 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 triathlon with a timed 1.5 miles 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 2-mile pool swim (3300 yards/3000 meters) in 1 hour and 30 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 certification]

    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 August 27, 2011). Swimmers who enroll after August 27th 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 71 to 77 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:72.86 °F (22.7 °C) on 09/10/2010
    76.10 °F (24.5 °C) on 09/10/2009
    76.46 °F (24.7 °C) on 09/10/2008
    Not Available on 09/10/2007
    71.42 °F (21.9 °C) on 09/10/2006 

    2013 GOV. ISL. VIDEO

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    2010 GOV. ISL. VIDEO


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