Start the holiday weekend — and your summer — with NYC Swim's season opener, scheduled for May 26, 2012. This is a beginner-friendly 1.6-Mile swim down the Hudson from Christopher Street Pier (Pier 45) in the West Village to the North Cove Yacht Harbor, Battery Park City. Finish in the top 85% and you'll be eligible for the Statue of Liberty Swim in June.

    Tired of not being able to hear very well at the pre-race briefing? Then join the pre-race conference call! We've scheduled two calls to give participants an opportunity to ask questions and hear an overview of the course, tides, waves, etc. Check out the schedule page for more information and a link to register. (This call is not mandatory, but we highly recommend it.)

    Date:05/26/2012 (Saturday) 
    Distance:1.6 M 
    3:40 PM Christopher Street Pier (Pier 45), Hudson River Park to North Cove Yacht Harbor, Battery Park City. 
    Directions to Start: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Battery Park City - North Cove Yacht Harbor 
    Directions to Finish: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Time Limit:1 hour 10 minutes 
    Field Size:450 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
    Fees:$50 December 15 – 22, 2011
    $60 December 23, 2011 – February 1, 2012
    $65 February 2 – May 15, 2012
    $75 May 16 - 3:30 PM on May 19, 2012
    $90 3:30 PM on May 19 - May 24, 2012

    Entries open on December 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST
    and close (unless full prior) on May 24, 2012 at 3:00 PM EDT.
    Awards:Awards will be presented approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.

    Top Overall 5 Male/5 Female
    19 and under 1 Male/1 Female
    20 to 24 2 Male/1 Female
    25 to 29 5 Male/5 Female
    30 to 34 5 Male/5 Female
    35 to 39 5 Male/5 Female
    40 to 44 5 Male/5 Female
    45 to 49 5 Male/5 Female
    50 to 54 5 Male/5 Female
    55 to 59 5 Male/1 Female
    60 to 64 2 Male/1 Female
    65 to 69 1 Male/1 Female
    70 to 74 1 Male
    75 to 79 1 Male

    Medals for all participants.

    Note: the number of awards in each age group may change based on actual enrollments.  
    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 Great Hudson River Swim is as follows:

    The completion of any NYC Swim open water swim or Aquathlon since January 1, 2010
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    Any documented timed open water swim race of 1/2 Mile or more since January 1, 2010 [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, 2010 [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, 2012. 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] 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 2012 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 May 12, 2012). Swimmers who enroll after May 12th 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 57 to 64 degrees. Swimmers wearing wetsuits/non-traditional swimming attire will be eligible for awards in this year's race. 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:61.88 °F (16.6 °C) on 05/26/2011
    63.50 °F (17.5 °C) on 05/26/2010
    62.60 °F (17.0 °C) on 05/26/2009
    56.66 °F (13.7 °C) on 05/26/2008
    61.34 °F (16.3 °C) on 05/26/2007 



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