Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers

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CIBBOWS Coney Island Brighton Beach Open Water Swimmers (CIBBOWS) is non-profit 501(c)3 organization that promotes the sport of open water swimming. They host free year-round training swims in Coney Island and Brighton Beach, NY. They also advocate to improve public access to NYC waters.

Since 2005, CIBBOWS has presented a series of ocean races, including some distance and cold-water events.

Currently CIBBOWS hosts five races: Grimaldo's Mile (1m), honoring Grimaldo Medrano, a Brighton Beach lifeguard who was one of the groups earliest supporters.;[1][2] The Aquarium Triple Dip (1m, 5k and 10k); The 2 Bridges Swim (2.5k and 5k); Bannerman's Island Return (11k); and the 8 Bridges Swim (7 stages, 120 miles).

Previous races include a 2010 charity swim in chilly 54F water to raise money for Veteran's organizations.[3]

CIBBOWS members are very accomplished swimmers[4],[5] and they provide guidance for all levels of swimming and is open to anyone with an interest in open water swimming.


  1. ^ Mooney, Jake (5/8/2009). "A Tribute, to Help Things Go More Swimmingly". New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Mooney, Jake (5/10/09). "On a Beach in Brooklyn, A Chair Sits Empty". New York Times. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Jones, Laura. "A Trio of Charity Swims". Swimmer Magazine. USMS. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Sener, Patricia. "David Barra's Catalina Account". Salty Tales. 
  5. ^ Munatones, Steve. "The Beagle Has Landed". Daily News of Open Water Swimming. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 

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