CIBBOWS is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to being the very best New York City resource for open water swimmers. Our strong, ever-growing community hosts weekly, year-round training swims at Coney Island and Brighton Beach. We advocate improving the environment of New York Harbor, and promoting public access to its waters; mutually-strengthening partnerships with like-minded organizations; and affordable races, so that more people can enjoy swimming events at our beaches.

Since 2005, CIBBOWS, the only not-for-profit organizer of open water swim races in New York City, has presented a yearly series of fun and challenging ocean races including one-mile, long-distance and cold-water events. We've hosted regional and national championships for US Masters Swimming that attract swimmers from around the nation. Our fundraising helps keep race costs to a minimum, and contributes to our dream of a beachfront facility to serve as a home for open-water swimming on the East Coast.

Many members are accomplished swimmers. Some of these athletes have become influential worldwide in the international open-water swimming community, as the sport continues to grow.

CIBBOWS provides a training resource to guide swimmers with dreams of anything-- from completing their first open-water swim to crossing the English Channel.

The Fine Print:

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Nothing on this website should be taken to constitute professional advice or a formal recommendation and CIBBOWS hereby excludes all representations and warranties whatsoever (whether implied by law or otherwise) relating to the content and use of this website.


In no event will CIBBOWS assume liability for any direct, incidental, indirect, consequential, punitive or special damages or any other damage whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use of this website or any linked websites or participation in any CIBBOWS activities.