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

Monday, May 25, 2009

Open Water Swim at West Neck Beach: Memorial Day, 2009

Ok, this doesn't look too perfect... could you ask for better open water conditions? I've seen higher "waves" than this in the Huntington YMCA pool -- both of them! As it turns out, my firm rule of not swimming till mid-June or so was sorely tempted this Memorial Day. It's probably a good thing that I got to West Neck Beach late -- had I been there early, I would have been tempted to hop back in my car for the ride home to pick up swim suit and wet suit. The water looked that good even though it was in the mid-fifties.

Most of the swimmers were long gone before I got there -- so no close-up pictures today. But, that is more than made up for in the beauty that was West Neck Beach on this Memorial Day. For those of you who were brave enough -- and this time, smart enough to hit the water early this Memorial Day morning, I hope that you enjoyed your swim -- it looked great from ashore. 

For those of you who missed out -- I hope these pictures will give you an idea of just what you missed this Memorial Day morning. On the other hand, its not even summer yet -- we've got months and months of Open Water Swimming ahead of us -- if only those pesky jellies keep their distance!

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