Ocean City Ocean Swim

This South Jersey classic has become less intense since its move from evening to morning, which reduced the number of swimmers from peaks above 400 to around 200.

When, what, where
Jul 14, Saturday, 10:00 AM; 1 mi; Atlantic Ocean; 🌎 Ocean City, NJ (Beach at 34th St).
See also
L & M.
Registration
Register in front of the Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) station at 34th Street Beach. Registration opens at 8:00 AM and closes at 9:30 AM. Online pre-registration with a discount is available until 10 PM Thursday. Mail-in pre-registration with a (larger) discount is available if postmarked by the previous Saturday.
Parking
Find free, on-street parking within a few blocks of registration.
Restrooms
There are public bathrooms at registration.
Bags
Leave bag on 34th Street beach near the finish chute.
Wetsuits
Wetsuits are permitted only when the water is sufficiently cold according to the race directors, deciding on race day.
Start
The swim starts at either 42nd Street beach or 26th Street beach, depending on prevailing current. Walk to the start along beach or grab a ride on an OCBP truck. (Wait for a ride on the beach near registration.) Be ready to go at the start; there are no bag wagons for gear. Swimmers may be split into two waves: Males under 50 start first, and all other swimmers start ten minutes later. Running start from beach into surf.
Course
The point-to-point course parallels the shoreline back to 34th Street beach. Five bright-orange buoys mark the course; it is easy to follow, surf permitting.
Finish
Running finish from surf onto beach and into timing chute. Second-wave swimmers, remember to subtract ten minutes from the clock time.
Timing
Paper name-number tag (put inside cap), body marking; time clock.
Amenities
T-shirt, cap. Gatorade.
Inception
1979
Last wet-feet review
2018