6th Annual Fire Island Ocean Charity Swim, Sanctioned by USA Metropolitan Swimming #170790-OW

Sat July 8, 2017 Bay Shore, NY 11706 US Directions


Youth 400 Meter (ages 10 & Under)

11:50AM EDT - 12:30PM EDT
Open to ages 1 - 10.

Youth 1 Mile (ages 11-17)

11:40AM EDT - 12:30PM EDT
Open to ages 11 - 17.

Adult 5K (ages 18+)

11:00AM EDT - 3:00PM EDT
Open to ages 18 - 99.

Adult 1 Mile (ages 18+)

11:30AM EDT - 1:00PM EDT
Open to ages 18 - 99.

Race Website

Additional race information can be found at http://www.openwaterswimli.com/.

USA Swimming Membership Required

This Event is Sanctioned by USA Swimming and requires a Valid Membership number or One-Day license. Single Day license is $22 and will be added during the registration process.

USA Swimming requires the completion of their waiver. All non-members MUST print, fill out and deliver this waiver during check-in at the race site. Download the waiver at the following link: NON-Member Waiver



The 400 Meter, 1 Mile and 5K Ocean Swim hosted by Open Water Swim LLC is a open water charity swim event that will start/finish at Atlantique Beach, Fire Island, ocean side.  400 Meter Swim is open to USA Swimmers only ages 10 years and under.  The 400 Meter swim will start at the starting gate and will run east 200 meters out, left shoulder turn at turn buoy and 200 meters back parallel to the beach. Start and Finish will take place on the beach. The1 Mile race is open to USA Swimmers ages 11-17 and adults 18 years and older. The 1 Mile swim will run from Atlantique west .5 miles loop to Fair Harbor, left shoulder at turn buoy and back to Atlantique and runs parallel to the beach.  Start/finish will be on the beach to the west of Atlantique lifeguard stand. Swim course will be clearly marked with buoys.   5K race is open to adults only 18 years and older and will run from Atlantique to Kismet, left should turn at turn buoy and back to Atlantique and runs parallel to beach. Lifeguards, stand-up paddlers, kayaks and a jet ski with rescue sled will monitor the entire course. There will be designated water breaks for 5K distance swim only. Swimmers will be required to adhere to USA Swimming Rules governing conduct and attire.   Currents and surf can vary, swimmers should be prepared for a challenging swim and must be conditioned for the open water.  Race director reserves the right to modify race or cancel swim if severe dangerous conditions arise. 


The 1 Mile race is from Atlantique west .5 miles loop to Fair Harbor and back to Atlantique. The 400 Meter starts at the starting buoys and runs east of the longer distance swims and swimmers will swim out 200 meters and back to the starting point.  All swimmers will start and finish on the beach. The 5K race is from Atlantique to Kismet and back to Atlantique marking two buoys at turnaround. 1 Mile race is from Atlantique west .5 miles loop to Fair Harbor and back to Atlantique.    All swimmers will start and finish on the beach. The race course is in the ocean approximately 30 feet off shore swimming parallel to the shore line. Start/finish will be on the beach to the West of Atlantique lifeguard stand. Swim course will be clearly marked with many brightly marked buoys. Left shoulder turns on buoys.  Race Director may modify course if dangerous conditions arise.  Wave designations and swim direction will be determined closer to race date subject to number of race entrants and weather conditions. Expected water temperature range is 66-70°F with some chop and currents due to wind, and the possibility of flotsam, jetsam and jellyfish.


Race headquarters will be located at Atlantique Beach on ocean front. There are restroom facilities, showers, and changing areas available. There is also a food market area for drinks, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) called the "Session Stand". We encourage swimmers to pack a cooler with food and beverage for convenience. Race check-in and the awards ceremony will both be held on the beach to the west (right) of the lifeguard stand at Atlantique Beach.


We have scheduled a special ferry for pick up at the Bay Shore Marina at promptly 9:50am!   Fire Island Ferries will be picking up our swimmers at the CLINTON AVE FERRY DOCK located at the Bay Shore Marina South of Montauk HWY all the way down to end.  150 Clinton Ave Bay Shore NY 11706 PH:  631-665-3600  .  It is approx. $8 for parking (Cash Only).  When you enter into the parking area keep the bay to your right all the way down to end.  Park by Nicky’s on The Bay Restaurant.  Ferry leaves right from there.  We will have volunteers there to answer any questions.  DONT BE LATE.  Give yourself plenty of time to make this ferry!!!
Find directions to Fire Island Ferry at http://www.fireislandferries.com/ with info about Fire Island at http://www.theislips.com/atlantique.php  NOTE: You can take an earlier Ferry to Dune Wood with a five minute walk to Atlantique. There will be signs for the OWS Swim and where to go from the Dune Wood Ferry. This is highly recommended….it will give you more time to relax and prepare for the event.
There is a scheduled 9:30am from the MAIN TERMINAL in Bay Shore: 99 Maple Ave, Bay Shore, 11706:  www.fireislandferries.com/schedules/dunewoodatlantique/
The Clinton Ferry Dock is more convenient for those driving and wanting to park your car.  It is cheaper and easier to park.  DONT BE LATE.  Give yourself plenty of time to make this ferry!!!
RETURN FERRY: There will be a 3:30pm and 5:30pm ferry that leaves Atlantique FI and will bring you right back to your car at the Bay Shore Marina/Clinton Ferry Terminal as well as the Main Terminal.
BY PRIVATE BOAT: Atlantique docking is available on a first-come first-served basis. The dock master monitors VHF Ch. 9 or you can call the dock master’s office (631-767-0234 ). There is anchorage on either side of the marina so you can anchor out if you like. This will save on fees and give you more privacy.

Fire Island is a beautiful seasonal resort destination.  Ocean Beach is the metropolis of Fire Island and is located only 1 mile east of Atlantique beach.  Ocean Beach has a number of great restaurants like Maguires on the Bay, as well as retail shops, bars, and hotels.  Atlantique is an easy walk on the beach – just head west 1 mile (ocean side) or you can take a quick water taxi: Fire Island Water Taxi (call 631-665-8885 ).  If you plan on staying at Ocean Beach, book it early as hotels fill up quickly! Here’s a link to Trip Advisor: Hotels in Fire Island.  Make sure you select hotels in Ocean Beach!


Open to all 2017 USA-Swimming registered swimmers, and those who pay the non-member One-Day Membership fee of $22. Non-members of USA-Swimming may register for this event paying a One-Day Membership fee of $22 and filling out the waiver. Payment can be made at time of registration.  The One-Day Membership form must be printed, filled out, and delivered on race day. 
No Race Day Registrations will be accepted. Age determination date for this event is Saturday, July 8, 2017. USA-Swimmers MUST provide their USA member #s, birthdate and name as it appears on their membership cards.  400 meter swim will only be open to USA Swimmers 10 years and under.

Trouble Registering?
If you have any trouble getting through the USA Swimming member verification in this event entry, please go to your coach or your LSC registrar to get your accurate USA Swimming ID number.


Maximum number of swimmers 150 on a first-received basis.
Swimmers may participate in one (1) event only. NO wetsuits may be worn.


Each swimmer will need to provide information about their swimming history and pace per mile, provide 2017 USA member #s, birthdate and name as it appears on their membership cards, and sign a waiver.  Once race organizers review and accept the application, swimmer must pay entry fee online. All applicable 2017 USA Swimming rules, regulations and safety requirements will be enforced.


Current USA-Swimming Rules and Regulations will apply. The USA Swimming Code of Conduct is in effect for the duration of this event.


Bryan Krut, Phone 516-356-5306,  E-Mail bkrutowswimli@gmail.com


In accordance with Metropolitan Swimming Inc. Policy, only those coaches who display current, valid USA Swimming credentials will be permitted to act in a coaching capacity.


Open Water Swim LLC Safety Procedures will be in effect. Officials will be present throughout warm-up and competition, and have the authority to remove, with the concurrence of the Event Referee, any swimmer, coach, club, or spectator for failure to follow safety rules. Race day briefing will take place promptly at 11am and  is mandatory.   Fire Island Ocean District Lifeguards, Salt Air Lifeguards, kayaks, stand up paddlers and Jet Ski with rescue and licensed operator will monitor the course. Saltaire Town EMT and Fire Department will be on call.  The EMT and FIOD will be performing normal duties. Suffolk Police will transport distressed swimmers to Good Samaritan Hospital located in West Islip approximately 30 minutes away should this type of assistance be needed.  Swimmers in the water in need of assistance will be transported to the beach since this is the fastest way to provide emergency aid.  No ambulances will be on hand since the Saltaire and Ocean beach ambulance is located only minutes from race venue. . In case of inclement weather or dangerous conditions, the event director may modify or close the course and prevent swimmers from completing the swim. Swimmers will be given a highly visible numbered swim cap that must be worn as the top cap during the swim. All swimmers must have their race number on their arms and caps. Body-marking (numbering) will occur on event day during swimmer check-in.


Use of Audio or visual recording devices, including a cell phone, is not permitted in changing areas, restrooms or locker rooms. USA Swimming Rules 202.3 and 202.4


"Upon acceptance of his/her entry, the participant waives all claims against the Town of Islip, Open Water Swim LLC, Fire Island Ocean Rescue., USA Swimming Inc. and their agents or representatives, host facilities, event sponsors, and event committees for any injury occurring as a result of the event. It is understood that USA Swimming, Inc., Metropolitan Swimming Inc., and Open Water Swim LLC, shall be free from liabilities or claims for damages arising by reason of injuries to anyone during the conduct of the event. Finally, I specifically acknowledge that I am aware of all the risks inherent in Open Water swimming and agree to assume those risks.”


Safety and escort craft will be provided and will accompany swimmers throughout the event. Support craft other than designated race craft are not permitted. 


Electronic timing chips will be used. Each swimmer will wear an electronic timing chip on an ankle bracelet to automatically record his or her time. Timing chips will be collected at the finish area. Swimmers who fail to return their timing chip will be assessed a $30 charge.


Commemorative event shirt and pre- and post-race refreshments will be provided to all swimmers.  Adult swimmers will receive commemorative towel and generous goodie bag in addition to the above.  Additional towels and apparel will be available for sale during race day.


Results will be posted online at Metro LSC website: www.metroswimming.org and www.openwaterswimli.com


400 METER (10 AND UNDER) REGISTRATION:        Until July 3, 2017              $15.00
1 Mile USA SWIMMERS 11-17 YEARS OF AGE:        Until July 3, 2017              $25.00
1 Mile, and 5K OEVT 18 YEARS +:
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION         until May 15, 2017                                         $65.00
REGISTRATION                                May 16 – July 3, 2017                                   $115.00

Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  No Refunds will be granted due to cancellation of race due to weather and/or water conditions.


Online registration only (with VISA or M/C only) will remain open until 11:59PM  Monday, July 3, 2017.  Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.  Your credit card statement will reflect a charge from Open Water Swim. No Refunds will be granted due to cancellation of race under any circumstances. 

To comply with safety plan, race day registration will NOT be available.  NO EXCEPTIONS.

Direct inquiries to Race Organizer Bryan Krut via email bkrutowswimli@gmail.com or mobile 516-356-5306.  Online event info updates at www.openwaterswimli.com


Please make every attempt to fundraise as we have lined up a great local charity that needs your financial support!  Donations are at swimmers discretion, from $5.00 to $500+.  We are raising funds for HOSPICE Care Network Children and Family Bereavement.  Make donation checks payable to St. Frances Sports Inc. 501C(3) NON PROFIT Organization and mail to:  7 Beechwood Court, Lake Grove, NY 11755.

Race Contact Info

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Atlantique Park, Fire Island
Bay Shore, NY US 11706


Additional Fees

USA Swimming One-Day License: $22.00


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