Post Party Fee:
Post Party Free Passes:
Pre Race Meeting Schedule:
Friday, June 11, 2010
Mandatory pre-race meeting for swimmers and crew - time and place TBD.
Please consult the MIMS Policies page for detailed Race Rules.
You are the eyes and the ears of your swimmer. This is a fun
race, but it is also a long race. You're likely to be busy the
entire time, meaning a good 7 - 10 straight hours of attentiveness,
just like your swimmer. Before the race begins, you need to
figure out with your swimmer how you're going to interact
during the race so that everyone stays happy and safe. You
also need to be familiar with the equipment so when your swimmer
requests something (like another pair of goggles), you can
provide it immediately. It is best to decide before you get
on the boat what responsibilities each crew member will have,
with the understanding that flexibility may be necessary.
We've tried to think of the key elements involved in being
a crew member. Feel free to improvise as needed.
- Verbal: Try to keep to a minimum, especially for the
- Hand Signals: Determine these, and any others with your
swimmer before the race begins
- Closer/Farther away (fast & slow)
- Thumbs up
- Boat Traffic
- When your swimmer completes a request, give your swimmer
- SMile a lot
- Mechanism (e.g., Pole/Bucket, Cups over the side with string).
Remember: No polluting!
- Quick communication during feedings:
- Assess the mental and physical state of your swimmer
- How are the feedings (taste, quantity) agreeing with
- Watch out for debris, boats and other swimmers
- Stroke Rate - Bring a stop watch or watch with
a second hand
- Course Position - Bring a detailed map of Manhattan
(We recommend Waterproof chart #62 from www.waterproofcharts.com)
- Keep a log - On notebook paper using a ball
- Who’s going to take the pictures/video? Pace yourself!
- Food & Water - If you eat/drink, do so out
- Seasickness - ditto
- Bring cell phone, sunscreen, hat, rain slicker, sunglasses, change
of clothes, and appropriate footwear.
- Food for your boat captain is also a nice idea
Please consult the MIMS Policies page for details on qualifications and swimmer documentation of competency to participate in MIMS.
Shots: We do not require shots for our swims. The only thing we ask is that the swimmer's tetanus shots be current. Some swimmers get a gamma globulin or Hepatitis A shot.
Solo swimmers and the two-person relays should have their doctors complete the medical form. To download the form as a pdf click here.
Race Day Info:
Prior to the start, individual escort boats will be stationed at pre-assigned pick up stations near the Brooklyn Bridge and will wait for the swimmers to meet them (approximately 10-20 minutes). Although the escort boats will not be at the start, kayakers will be, and an official race boat will marshal the field.
As swimmers pass each checkpoint boat, the race official will announce the swimmer's name and number. (It is imperative that NYC Swim know the swimmer's location at all times.) The check point officials may interview each participant to determine their ability to complete the swim. The officials have the authority to pull any swimmer out of the race at any point if they feel the swimmer's health may be at risk.
If a swimmer leaves the water to get into an escort boat, he or she automatically withdraws from the event and will not be allowed to re-enter the water. The race official on his or her boat will notify the nearest checkpoint boat personnel. (There are two exceptions to this case that will be discussed during the pre-race meetings.)
Boat crews must stay in the boat at all times and may not swim along with the swimmer. Boats should remain alongside the swimmer, slightly ahead in the event of forward danger and behind when going under bridges.
Should hazardous weather occur during the event, all swimmers will be required to leave the water. The race director will then announce if and when the swimmers may re-enter the water. Swimmers will re-enter the water exactly where they exited and not at the location of the boat at the time of the announcement.
The official finish is the ladder at South Cove, Battery Park City; boats will load and unload at Pier 11 only. Cars may park at nearby meters or parking garages in Battery Park City.
Cancellation information will be available on the event line 888 NYC-SWIM and online at www.nycswim.org. In the unlikely event that the race is canceled, fees will not be returned.
First aid kit.
Dry towels and blanket.
Refreshments for yourself and crew members for the swim (no alcohol).
Feeding system for swimmer.
Sunscreen, anhydrous lanolin or petroleum jelly.
Warm-up suit or other warm clothing (for before and after the race).
Notebook, magic marker, stopwatch and communication system.
Map of Manhattan Island (with waterways). We recommend waterproof chart #62 from waterproofcharts.com.