Please share any 6- hour Qualification swim locations around the world

loneswimmerloneswimmer Admin
edited May 2012 in Locations & Networking
Many of us get emails asking for advice for upcoming Channel swims. One question that arises is people trying to find locations where others may be doing qualification swims for MIMS, Catalina, English Channel etc, particularly the EC. The first time doing a 6 hour is a pretty big deal and it's always better (I think) if done with others either more experienced and/or just as trepidatious.

Dover is obviously the location for many Channel qualification swims, on Saturdays and Sundays after the season starts (which will be Sat 28th April this year), usually 9am.

Sanycove in Ireland is another popular location with the last Sunday of Ned's Distance week being set aside for qualification swims (Sunday June 24th this year) and with qualification swims also being done there on other dates with support from other swimmers usually being available.

It might be a good idea for those of you who know any places where qualification swims will go ahead as part of a larger community (like CIBBOWS, La Jolla etc, Melbourne, Perth) (even if you don't know the date) to share any in for you might have for Aspirants who could join you? I've had a few requests for the Eastern US coast, south of New York (Florida, Louisiana, Carolina).
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  • GordsGords Charter Member
    edited April 2012
    I did my qualifier in the Great Salt lake(USA) last May. It was an awesome day! If anyone wants to do a qualifier in the Great Salt Lake( or Bear Lake which is another wonderful option in Utah), I will take the day off and paddle for you!
    ttriven
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member
    I did my MIMS qualifier in Austin, Texas. There are a few places there that fit the bill perfectly, depending on the time of year.

    Promontory Point in Chicago is perfect and I'd be more than happy to observe (or swim with) anyone there. You don't even need a kayak because there's a perfect place to have your feeds thrown in from land. Water temperature is very unpredictable though.
  • ChickenOSeaChickenOSea Charter Member
    or even Ohio St beach at Navy Pier. Both are one mile loops which is a bit repetitive, but the views are great.
  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member
    If anyone wants to come to Colorado and do a swim at altitude, let me know!
    ttriven
  • If anyone wants to try it at Blue Marsh Lake (near Reading, Pennsylvania), let me know and I will observe/swim/canoe/whatever you need. Swimming anywhere there is legal and the inlet part of the lake is a no wake zone, so no hassles with boats/jet skis. I can probably figure out anywhere from a 1 to 12 mile hassle-free loop. If you need accomodations, you're welcome to crash at my dumpy apartment (50 miles from lake) as long as you aren't allergic to cats - I have two.

    -LBJ
    ttriven
    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
  • Bala Lake (in North Wales) is nice and long (3+ miles). I would be happy to support anyone using it. It can get busy on summer weekends as there are a couple of sailing clubs and an activities centre that use it.
    Cheers, Dan
    Dan Graham - Gone Swimming Ltd.
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  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Charter Member
    Pennsylvania Lakes will stay under 60 until at least mid-May! If anyone wants to come here, I'd be glad to swim with you!
    www.darren-miller.com
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania U.S.A.
  • jcmalickjcmalick Charter Member
    edited April 2012
    Before withdrawing my date with the EC, I did a six hour qualifier with Willy B. off of Brighton Beach...Swimming in Coney Island is like none other! Still have an unpaid parking ticket as a reminder of the day however!
  • Hi, I'm going to Gozo with Swimtrek on Saturday (Long Distance training tour). I am hoping to do my 6 hour qualifier out there as part of the group... if the weather holds out.

    If the weather is good then I can imagine that it would be a lovely place to do the 6 hour swim.
  • david_barradavid_barra Charter Member
    I did a 6 hour in the Hudson River (from Beacon to New Hamburg in a little loop).
    As with Brighton Beach/ Coney Island; 60 degrees is a transitional temperature for bodies of water in this region, so if a swimmer is looking for the ideal situation for their 6 hour, they should be prepared to strike at any time, as a weeks delay will likely bring temperatures higher than the maximum allowed.

    @ZoeSadler Here is a friend's great write up of her Gozo experience: http://throwmeintheocean.com/tag/gozo/
    ttrivenLeadhyena
    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.
  • SharkoSharko Sonoma County, CAMember
    My dream qualifier has not yet been realized....It started out as a double Bay to Breakers (SF Bay bridge under Golden Gate and turn left to Ocean beach and the back and then keep going for at least 6 hours)...but what happened is I ran into a flood outside the Golden Gate and had to turn around and go back under the Golden Gate Bridge and then under the Bay Bridge and ended at Candlestick Park....8+ hour swim so someday someone will do this swim...there is swimming, tactics and luck involved in the swim....
    ttriven
    "I never met a shark I didn't like"
  • bobswimsbobswims Charter Member
    @Sharko - Great Swim!
  • FilFil The Clubhous, Derby, VermontMember
    Depending on the time of year, the lakes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont can more than do the trick and NEKOWSA would be happy to work with anyone looking for support during a qualifier.
  • evmoevmo San FranciscoAdmin
    Santa Barbara probably belongs on this list. Water temps cooler than LA but warmer than SF. November through early June is the window for EC qualifiers (July-October slightly too warm). Group swims with the Ocean Ducks at Butterfly Beach on the weekends and Goleta Beach on M/W/F. Typically not much surf to contend with. Follow in the "footsteps" of Lynne Cox, who swam laps between Goleta Beach and Coal Oil Point while she attended UCSB. PM me for more info.

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  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member

    If anyone wants to try it at Blue Marsh Lake (near Reading, Pennsylvania), let me know and I will observe/swim/canoe/whatever you need. -LBJ

    I may take you up on that next year, @Leonard_Jansen. I have relatives in/near Reading (I grew up there in the 70's), so accomodations would be easy. ;)
  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Charter Member
    Phoenix area lakes are in the high 50s to low 60s in March/April and November/December. They warm up and cool off at different rates, so if your preferred lake is too warm or too cold, you can always switch to a different one.

    Lake Pleasant is still at 61. It's the largest of the area lakes, so the temperature changes more slowly. You can check here: http://www.pleasantharbor.com/

    Saguaro Lake, Bartlett Lake and Canyon Lake are already in the mid 60s, so too late for this Spring. There's no website to get the actual temperature for those lakes, but you can get a pretty good estimate by using the temperature for Tempe Town Lake: http://www.tempe.gov/wx/townlake.aspx. Check the Tempe Town Lake temperature at 7am. In the Spring, subtract one degree to estimate the other lake temperatures. In the Fall, add a degree.

    The lakes here are beautiful. They're all surrounded by mountains and pristine desert. The water is clean, but visibility is low. It would be possible to do a 6-hour swim without a kayak, but you could do a much nicer course if you had an escort.

    This link has maps for all the lakes: http://watergirl.co/content/open-water-swimming-arizona
  • IronMike said:

    If anyone wants to try it at Blue Marsh Lake (near Reading, Pennsylvania), let me know and I will observe/swim/canoe/whatever you need. -LBJ

    I may take you up on that next year, @Leonard_Jansen. I have relatives in/near Reading (I grew up there in the 70's), so accomodations would be easy. ;)
    That would be great! As the time gets closer, let me know what you'll need so I can scout things out, etc. As an added bonus, although good pizza is hard to come by in this part of the world, the best pizza in PA is just a few miles from the lake - post swim fuel.

    -LBJ

    "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go." - T.S. Eliot
  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member


    That would be great! As the time gets closer, let me know what you'll need so I can scout things out, etc. As an added bonus, although good pizza is hard to come by in this part of the world, the best pizza in PA is just a few miles from the lake - post swim fuel.

    -LBJ

    Sounds good!
  • A swimmer can swim coves San Francisco Bay Aquatic Park. Also thru South End Rowing Club (membership) find swim buddies to pilot you anyplace in SF Bay. For my 10hour SF Bay qualifier 2013 I jumped from beach, swam around Alcatraz clockwise, swam towards Bay Bridge never arriving due to strong ebb, returned swimming to Aquatic Park, swam back & fourth towards Bay Bridge, returning for my last one hour inside the cove. I live 5" bicycle ride from Aquatic Park -- contact me.
  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member
    In the Pacific Northwest, the northern and middle portions of the Puget Sound are almost never over 60F. Perfect for that late-season qualifier. And Lake Washington is below 60 until early June. Complimentary coffee and Top Pot donuts are provided.
    I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.
  • For folks on the US east coast, I recommend @RonCollins’ services in the St Pete/ Tampa area (month of January). Built-in witnesses and kayaker. Also, depending on the water temperature, Ron can take you either to the bay or the gulf – so you double your chances of getting the right temperature. I believe Ron also has negotiated a discount at a reasonably priced hotel.
  • Seconding @more circus. San Fran Bay is running about 57F right now, 3 deg warmer than normal. There are lots of folks that can help with feeding, documenting and encouraging.
    All you need is the day use fee of $10 to swim in the cove with either the SERC or DC. If you want to complicate things and go outside the cove you will need to have a pilot ( NOT from SERC or DC) but you can happily play in the cove for hours. ping me if you have questions or want help.
    I love swimming
    www.suziedodsswimcoaching.com
  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member
    Colorado is good for swims in May-October, if you want a high altitude lake swim. There are plenty of us out here who would be happy to help. Just say the word!
  • There are a number of spots on the west coast of British Columbia and off the coast of Vancouver Island Canada. Some months you can use a English Bay which is right downtown. As it gets warmer out you can swim across the bay in west Vancouver or around any of the gulf islands.
  • This is a great thread. I will most likely be doing mine next year or the year after in Santa Barbara. I like an out and back swim, and with such a nice stretch from Hendry's to Goleta or further, I look forward to going there in May or June. This year was unusually warm and June was over 60 I think. It would be great to have company, or know that someone will be around to shame me if I get out too soon.
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