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Lap Swimming

NYC's outdoor pools are closed, and will re-open in summer 2014. Indoor pools in recreation centers are open year-round

July 9 – August 30, 2013

The annual outdoor adult lap swim program gives adults the chance to take to the water for health and fitness without interruption from other swimmers. Participants who swim 25 miles or more over the summer will receive a free t-shirt and prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female distance swimmers at each pool program.

Early Bird and Night Owl Lap Swim Sites

Begins July 9 – August 30, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m./p.m. – 8:30 a.m./p.m. or dusk


E. 173rd St. & Fulton Ave.
Early Bird and Night Owl

Van Cortlandt
244th St., East of Broadway
Early Bird and Night Owl


7th Ave. & 43rd St.
Early Bird and Night Owl

Red Hook
Bay & Henry Sts.
Early Bird and Night Owl

N. 12 St., Lorimer St., Manhattan Ave. bet. Bayard St. and Berry St. - Nassau Ave.
Early Bird and Night Owl


John Jay
East of York Ave. on 77th St.
Early Bird and Night Owl

Tony Dapolito
Clarkson St. & 7th Ave.
Early Bird and Night Owl

Hamilton Fish
E. Houston & Pitts Sts.
Early Bird and Night Owl

Asser Levy
Asser Levy Pl. & E. 23rd St.
Early Bird and Night Owl

W. 110th St. & Lenox Ave.
Early Bird and Night Owl

Jackie Robinson
Bradhurst Ave. & W. 147th St.
Early Bird

Thomas Jefferson
First Avenue bet. E. 111th St. & 112th St.
Early Bird

Marcus Garvey
Madison Ave. & 122nd St.
Night Owl


19th St. & 23rd Dr.
Early Bird and Night Owl

Staten Island

Victory Blvd. & Pier 6
Early Bird and Night Owl

Registration Process

The Summer 2013 Lap Swim program will have online registration only. Online registration will be conducted starting at 4:00 a.m. on Friday, June 15 through Friday, August 30.

All participants must complete an online registration form. A season admission card will be issued to online applicants on the first day they participate in the program. All participants must check their admission card at the pool entrance each day. If the card is lost or stolen a replacement shall be issued. All swimmers must have a card to gain admission to the program. There is no charge.

There are currently no programs available for registration at this time.

Program Details


Lap Swimming - Swimmers please choose a slow, intermediate, or fast lane according to your ability. All swimmers must sign-in, if you would like to keep track of the distance you swim a lap count watch will be issued to you.  If a lap count watch is not available, laps may be counted by a staff member or each swimmer. When leaving the pool inform the Aquatic Specialist of the number of lengths logged for the day as well as your Administration Number. A length is the distance from one end of the pool to the other. The results will be recorded daily by the Aquatic Specialist on a 5" x 8" card. If you would like to check your daily or weekly progress, please ask the Aquatic Specialist for your 5" x 8" card. Swimmers' laps will be counted on an arbitrary basis throughout the summer to help ensure fairness in the competition for trophies and t-shirts.

Stroke Mechanics

If you would like tips on stroke mechanics, designed to increase the "watermanship" of the individual, ask the Aquatic Specialist at poolside.


First, second, and third place awards will be presented to men and women who have completed the most lengths beginning Tuesday, July 9 through Friday, August 9. Also, t-shirts will be given to those who accumulate 25 miles or more by August 30th. If you are interested in being eligible for an award, make sure to check the box on the online registration form and speak to the Aquatic Specialist.

If you have any questions regarding the program such as which lane is best based on your ability, or the direction you should be swimming, please speak with the Aquatic Specialist.

For further information please call Citywide Aquatics at (718) 760-6969, extension 0.

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