Dozens of open-water "newbies" and novices got their open-water chops this morning at a swim clinic conducted at West Neck Beach by Lisa Baumann of AquaFit Masters, with assistance from Poddites Rob Ripp, and Ken Longo who provided kayak support. Regular Pod swimmers arrived for the 8:00 scheduled swim to find the parking lot nearly full and the beach and benches crowded with more than a hundred wetsuited athletes eager to experience the relatively calm, clear waters of Cold Spring Harbor.
Three groups of swimmers divided by experience level plied the waters between the southern and northern buoys and the beach, while Pod members who opted not to participate in the clinic (which was open to all) took the less crowded Causeway route. Conditions were perfect -- with a southerly wind kicking up a little chop midswim to make it interesting and provide the newbies with some firsthand experience of the everchanging conditions open-water swimmers face.
The Pod returns to the Salt for weekday swims on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:15 a.m....
DISCLAIMER: Open-water swimming is inherently dangerous. Open-water swimmers risk drowning, hypothermia, hyperthermia, heart attacks, panic attacks, cramping, jelly fish stings, fish bites, boat or jet-ski collisions, collisions with floating or submerged objects (including other swimmers), and other calamities that can be injurious, disabling or fatal! The "West Neck Pod" is an informal association of open-water swimmers who swim "outside the lines" with no lifeguard protection, it has no formal membership, organizational structure or legal identity, and its participants, including the author of this blog, make no representations and assume no liability with respect to its group open-water swims. All swimmers who participate in West Neck Pod group open-water swims do so at their own risk. Be careful out there!