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Where to do open water swims?
CREATED: 03/22/10 by kappa88af REPLIES: 38
aoliveira's ravatar aoliveira    JOINED: 5/12/09    POSTS: 22
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 3/23/10 5:29 PM

And I am Alex and can be contacted at borges_brasil at hotmail
Look forward to the open water swims! Maybe we could schedule the first one for early April.

PotomacTriathlete2009's ravatar PotomacTriathlete2009    JOINED: 9/19/09    POSTS: 528
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 3/23/10 5:32 PM

Any issues with jellyfish at Sandy Point? I've heard a few stories about them in the Bay, especially later in the season.

ncrcoach's ravatar ncrcoach    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1065
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 3/23/10 7:22 PM

I don't think you have to worry about jellyfish at this time of the year. Below is the price schedule for the year.

Weekdays
January 1 until Memorial Day - $3.00 per vehicle
Memorial Day through the end of September - $4.00 per person for Maryland residents; $5.00 person for non-Maryland residents
October 1 until December 31 - $3.00 per vehicle

Weekends and Holidays
January 1 until mid-April - $3.00 per vehicle
Mid-April until end of October - $5.00 per person Maryland residents; $6.00 per person non-Maryland residents
November 1 until December 31 - $3.00 per vehicle

rfalkdc's ravatar rfalkdc    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 45
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 12:04 PM

Anybody know what the water temp is these days at Sandy Point?

KingsPoint2001's ravatar KingsPoint2001    JOINED: 11/2/09    POSTS: 99
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 12:26 PM

I'm down for some open water swimming come May. I have no life with work during April.

wombat's ravatar wombat    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 266
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 12:48 PM

No reading for the water temp at Annapolis today. If it's near 55, I'll take half a day off work Friday and go either in the morning or afternoon. Email me if you are brave enough and want to come. Tammy_L_Farmer@hotmail.com

http://www.nodc.noaa.gov/dsdt/cwtg/catl.html

ballstoncyclist's ravatar ballstoncyclist    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 496
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 12:51 PM

The closest buoy I see is at Thomas Point, MD. Not too far south of Sandy Point. They reported 54°F at noon today.

http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=tplm2

ncrcoach's ravatar ncrcoach    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1065
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 1:40 PM

54 degrees! That's looking very inviting! Tammy, I'll let you know about Friday. Can only do afternoons after 2:30-ish.

rfalkdc's ravatar rfalkdc    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 45
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 1:41 PM

Hey Alejandro, guess who should be getting his ass into that water?

wombat's ravatar wombat    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 266
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 1:43 PM

Doesn't look like I can get out of the office until 2 or 3 on Friday. Afternoon swim at Sandy Point around 4 pm? Followed promptly by hot cocoa?

mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1794
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 1:48 PM

Irish coffee.

philotri's ravatar philotri    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 253
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 3:57 PM

Find a place where you can get a hot chocolate and I can get a tea and I'm in. Maybe some of the Tammy and Hugh dolphin-ness will rub off on me. I can be free all day but if you decide not to go, let me know and there is a conference I'll attend instead.

wombat's ravatar wombat    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 266
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 4:06 PM

Hugh's out but Tammy is in. I'll get off work at 3 pm and hit the road around 3:15-3:30. Plan to be in the water at 4:15 pm and get out when teeth start chattering uncontrollably or 5 pm, whichever comes first. Forecasted air temp is about the same as water temp - 55 degrees. Michele, there's a Starbucks on Route 50 a couple exits west of Sandy Point. Possibly a Panera too, if my memory is correct.

Note to all: this swim is NOT for beginners/weak swimmers. It's cold, no lifeguards, and those who are brave enough to swim will probably be too busy moving around/staving off hypothermia to notice and save a troubled swimmer.

philotri's ravatar philotri    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 253
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 4:13 PM

So are you trying to encourage me to go (Starbucks/Panera) or scare me off?

Are you leaving from your office or home? And if home, do you want me to swing by and pick you up?

wombat's ravatar wombat    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 266
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 4:17 PM

Leaving from home. Trying to convince Goob to go too. We can definitely carpool and work out the exact arrangements later.

Further enticement - Chick-Fil-A.

philotri's ravatar philotri    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 253
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/05/10 9:37 PM

You had me at Starbucks, don't throw it away with threats of Chick-Fil-A (although I can survive them in a pitch).

Should I update Goob's training plan with an OWS so he has to come?

wombat's ravatar wombat    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 266
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/08/10 2:59 PM

Anyone want to join me for a quick OWS at Sany Point tomorrow (Friday) from 4-5 pm?

adilks    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 290
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/08/10 3:25 PM

WaveOne Swimming announces open water clinics and swims at Sandy Point State Park on Sunday mornings from 9:00-10:30 a.m. The clinic/swim dates are as follows: May 16 & 23, June 6 & 20, and July 11. The cost per session is $25.00 but we might get a DC Tri discount.

The course is approximately 750 meters, with kayak and swimmer support. The clinics will cover the basics in open water racing, overcoming fears, water acclimation, sighting, race strategies and stroke techniques.

See www.waveoneswimming.com for additional details. Contact Denis Crean at email: Denis@usopenwater.org or 301-455-4341 for registration.

hilarysmith    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 47
RE: Where to do open water swims?
POSTED: 4/08/10 3:29 PM

For those of you who may be interested in some coaching/open water racing tips, AU coaches Tammy, Denis, and Meghan (WaveOne Swimming) are going to hold clinics and supervised open water swims at Sandy Point on Sunday mornings, starting in May. See www.waveoneswimming.com for details. (Oops, Angela posted while I was posting -- see above). :)

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