|Gae and Annmarie at WNB for an April swim|
Of concern to all of us now and when the season does finally get into full swing is the vast amount of debris dredged into the water by the unprecedented tidal surges caused by Hurricane Sandy – including houses, boats, docks, refrigerators, hot tubs, oil tanks and god-knows-what. Now, more than ever, we will need to be vigilant about what’s in, on and under the water...
Speaking of safety, if you don’t already have your "SaferSwimmer" Flotation Buoys, you can purchase yours directly by emailing WestNeckPod@verizon.net. Or, if you prefer delayed gratification, you can still order your buoy by phone from the International Swimming Hall of Fame, which produces and promotes these potentially life-saving devices. Be smart...be safe! (For more information, visit the ISHOF website at http://www.ishof.org/safety/ssd.htm.)
For those of you who haven’t heard, the Third Annual Huntington/Cold Spring Harbor 1- and 2-Mile Swim (a/k/a "The West Neck Swim") will take place on Sunday, June 23rd at West Neck Beach. The registration site is not on-line yet, and we are still working on updating our website and Facebook page, but keep checking for details – whether you plan to swim, spectate, or volunteer! (http://westneckswim.com/; https://www.facebook.com/WestNeckSwim).
|"Team West Neck Pod" with its commemorative plaque|
For years, Pod members have talked about having an informal "Introduction to Open-Water-Swimming" workshop for swimmers who are new to the open water, and who could benefit from the experience and advice of seasoned open water swimmers. If you are interested in participating in such a workshop (at your own risk, of course!), either as a "newbie" or a mentor, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Who knows, if there’s enough interest, this could be the year we make it happen!
Oh...and Happy Birthday to Huntington Masters Swimmers ("HUMS") team leader and blogographer Mike Engel!
See you in the Salt!