Huntington Masters Swim Team

The Huntington Masters Swim Team ("HUMS"), an official club of US Masters Swimming, holds daily early-morning pool workouts year-round at the Huntington YMCA, 60 Main Street, Huntington (contact the Y at 631-421-4242 for Full Y membership fee information).

Indoor Pool Workouts in one of the Y’s two 25-yard pools begin at 5:30 a.m. weekdays and 7:00 a.m. weekends and last one to two hours. These workouts are open to all Full Y members.

Open-Water Swims are held from May to November at West Neck Beach and other local Long Island beaches. Outdoor swim schedules are posted on The Water-Blog.

Want to swim for the Home Team? You can! Join HUMS at

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

July 9, 2008 Early Morning Open Water Swim at West Neck Beach

Actually, the sun wasn't really up when we started our swim -- at least that was true for the 5:45 AM group who probably hit the water around 6 AM. Its not easy putting on a wetsuit while you're still yawning! But the fact that the sun greets us on our way back makes it all worthwhile.

Can you spot the swimmer above? Doesn't he/she look absolutly delighted with the dawn, the water, the swim and the day? Could one ask for a better start before heading off to work. Forget your winter blues -- it's July and the Open Water Swimming is wonderful!

The buoy that we most often swim to is in a straight line with the tip of land above, (sight off the right side of the yellow buoy), and about a half-a-mile as a fish swims -- in a straight line. But what swimmer or fish for that matter do you know that swims in a straight line?

Rich almost looks like he's wondering "Why do I run? -- I could be swimming like this every day!"

As you might guess, this is the roadway into West Neck Beach.

The "Safe-Swim" Area buoys are all lined up -- if only the buoys that we swam to were this close together!

Chris clutches his personal swim buoy as he happily findes his way back to the beach.

Jim and Rich are on their way back too!

Hey, not a bad swimming form for Mike -- your author! Note his gold Brooklyn Bridge swim cap from last years (2007) Brooklyn Bridge Swim.

Tim had a great swim and a big smile was his reward.

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