New for 2018: The swim is now managed by Egg Harbor Township Seahawks. USA Swimming membership is not required anymore. The new managers are reportedly trying to restore the feel and appeal of the old-original Pageant Swim.
In 2016, this new Pageant Ocean Swim replaced the old-original Pageant Swim, which was canceled because of Atlantic City's fiscal and political wranglings. The new swim retains the name, city, and ocean venue of the original swim, but it changes key features. Be sure to vet the brochure on the event's website, from which the information below is taken.
The point-to-point course parallels the shoreline between Michigan Avenue Beach and Albany Avenue Beach. It is marked by two large, orange buoys in the surf on either end. Swim out to first buoy and turn right keeping seaward of flag. Be careful to steer clear of Playground Pier's columns. Proceed one mile south to second buoy and again turn right keeping seaward of flag. Head to beach and finish chute.
The course's preferred direction runs north to south, but race officials may choose to reverse this direction to suit conditions.