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.

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Open Water Halloween Swim: West Neck Beach 10/31/2010

 Sunday: October 31, 2010

Wow, the summer is long gone... Labor Day is but a distant memory. 

It's Halloween already! Can Thanksgiving and even Christmas be far away? They're not! And yet, a few hardy Long Island Open Water Swimmers are still hearing the pull of the salt and braving the cold, the wind, the chop and assorted other hazards to get in yet one more Open Water Swim before the season really freezes over. So, here they are, around 12:30pm Sunday afternoon -- Halloween no less -- getting that one last swim in -- though rumors are already flying for an Election Day swim!

I told you that it was Halloween. This must be Superman getting out of the water!

"Superman" was heard to mutter; "Guess I finally swam all that Kryptonite off my hands!"

"This darn cape never stays where it's supposed to be once it gets wet!"

Bloodied but un-defeated, Rob shows the results of his too-close encounter with a wave tossed buoy!

"I swear that buoy had JAWS THIS BIG!"

Carol and I get in some "dueling photos"! Which is OK with me as long as I could do it from the shoreline!

"Nurse" Joye does what she can to patch Rob up.

Carol can't resist getting a close-up shot!


  1. fantastic shots, mike!

    (That is me in the corner trying to figure out how to work Carol's various cameras completely oblivious to the bloody drama unfolding around me. How perfect. ;))

  2. Don't worry Gae, we all suffer from technology fixation once and a while. Remember, no texting while swimming!

  3. Great photos Mike -- and so glad you were there! Next time, bring your wetsuit!