long do you stay in the water?
Time varies depending on the weather, particularly the wind.
It can be as long as 20 minutes or as short as 4 minutes. We
suggest that participants go into the water up to their neck
for the full experience, but if you then choose to run out
or stay in as long as the seasoned pros, that is your
business. Everyone is here to have fun and is welcome to
stay in the water as long as they enjoy it. This is not a
competitive event, you don't win medals staying in longer
than anyone else.
What is the best time to do this?
The Club swims every Sunday from October through the end of
April. We like to think that every day is a good beach day,
but for optimum experience, there is nothing like a late
January dip. Our largest event is the traditional New Year's
Day Swim. People who swim with us once a year, or once in
their lives, turn out in the hundreds for New Year's Day.
It's Coney Island's biggest off-season event. But guests are
welcome to join us any Sunday. For more info, see our
is the coldest weather in which you have gone
Let's put it this way, in Club memory there has never been a
day so cold that the Club has decided against swimming.
MIke Spataro, one of our long time members and former US
Marine, shouts out a chant every Sunday as we do a minute or
two of jumping jacks to get the blood flowing before our
plunge. My favorite chant will always be: "Shrinkage comes
and shrinkage goes, Monday morning no one knows."