Fire Island Ocean Swims

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Fire Island 10K and 5K Ocean Swims are held in Atlantique, Long Island in New York, U.S.A. on 28 July 2012.


Event Description

The 10K & 5K Ocean Swims is hosted by Open Water Swim LLC. It is a four-hour open water swim event that will start/finish at Atlantique, Fire Island on the ocean side. The race course is a loop between Atlantique and Kismet with another loop from Atlantique to Fair Harbor and back. 5K race is from Atlantique to Fair Harbor and back to Atlantique. Start/finish will be on the beach to the east of Atlantique lifeguard stand. Swim course will be clearly marked with buoys. Lifeguards, stand-up paddlers and kayaks will monitor the entire course. There will also be a safety boat, Harbor Police and Coast Guard to keep non-event boat traffic away. There will be designated water breaks for both distance swims. Swimmers will be required to adhere to U.S. Masters Swimming Rules governing conduct and attire. Race director reserves the right to modify race or cancel swim if severe dangerous conditions arise.


The 10K race is one full loop between Atlantique and Kismet and a 2.5K loop back around Fair Harbor’s double-buoy markers. The 5K race is from Atlantique to Fair Harbor and back to Atlantique marking two buoys at turnaround. 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 East 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.


The 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). For more information, go to Session Stands on FACEBOOK. Race check-in and the awards ceremony will both be held on the beach to the east (left) of the lifeguard stand at Atlantique Beach.


Participants must be 18 years of age or older and registered with U.S. Masters Swimming. Age determination date is 28 July 2012.

Field Limit

The maximum number of swimmers 200 on a first-received basis.


Each swimmer will need to provide information about their long distance swimming history and pace per mile, provide 2012 USMS registration card number, and sign a waiver. Once race organizers review and accept the application, swimmer must pay entry fee either online or by check. 10K SWIMMERS MUST HAVE COMPETED IN AN OPEN WATER SWIM DISTANCE OF FOUR MILES OR LONGER. All applicable 2012 USMS rules, regulations and safety requirements will be enforced.


Wetsuits ARE permitted but will be timed under a separate “wetsuit” category. All swim suits and equipment for non-wetsuit swimmers must conform to current USMS open water rules.* Use of MP3 players and other electrical audio/communication devices by the swimmer during event is not permitted.


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

Age Groups

18-24, 25-29, 30-34, and so on in five-year increments, as high as necessary for men and women.


Awards for the top three finishers in each age group, gender and division (non-wetsuit and wetsuit). Special prizes awarded to the overall male and female finishers. Award ceremony will be held at the start/finish line on the beach 15 minutes after the last swimmer has exited the water.


A commemorative event shirt, generous goodie bag, and pre- and post-race refreshments will be provided.


Results will be posted online at and


US$50.00 for 5K swimmers and $75.00 for 10K swimmers. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. Final mail-in entry deadline is RECEIVED (not postmarked) by 5:00PM on Friday July 6, 2012.

US$10 of your entry fee will be donated to Fire Island Ocean Rescue Lifeguard Nationals Team and Regional Team.


Please make every attempt to fund raise as we have lined up a number of great charitable causes that need your financial support! Donations are at swimmers discretion, from $5.00 to $500+. We are raising funds for the following organizations. Nathan Tessman (aka “McWheels”), HOSPICE Care Network and Fire Island Ocean Rescue. Make donation checks payable to St. Frances Sports Inc. 501C(3) NON PROFIT Organization.

Nathan Tessman is 17 years old and was born with an extremely rare degenerative nerve disease called axonal neuropathy. With limited control over his physical self, Nathan is confined to a wheelchair. There is very little knowledge relating to Nathan's disease and as a result the condition has yet to be properly diagnosed and treated. Against all the odds, Nathan is facing his challenges head on, following his dream to become Australia's first disabled Hip Hop artist, a voice for the disabled community and an inspiration to his fellow man. His sister Chloe Tessman lives with Coach Bryan Krut, race developer and is an au pair to his two children. Chloe’s brother is truly an inspiration and we would like to raise money to help him pursue his dream and demonstrate to the world that anything is possible no matter what obstacles are in your path! You can view Nathan at - child bereavement programs - Best Lifeguards on the east coast! Helping them to continue their love for saving lives and competing on The National Lifeguard Team Level.


Direct inquiries to Race Director Bryan Krut via email or mobile 516-356-5306.

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