Our 30th Annual One Hour Swim will be held on Sunday, February 2, 2020 at John Jay College. Additional news updates about our 2020 One Hour Swim is available here.

What Is the one hour swim?

Every winter, we participate in the National USMS One Hour Swim (OHS) competition to raise money for community organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community. We challenge ourselves to see how far we can swim in an hour, and get pledges and donations for causes that matter. Team New York Aquatics first participated in OHS during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the money raised was used to pay medical bills for members of our team fighting the disease. Nowadays, we donate the proceeds to LGBTQ+ community organizations. We will announce the 2020 beneficiaries in the coming week. Past beneficiaries have included the AIDS Service Center (now the Alliance for Positive Change), the Ali Forney Center, SAGE, and other worthy groups.


Registration is now open! You can swim as an individual or as part of a relay with friends. Note for relay sign-ups: each group requires a captain who indicates during registration that they’re the captain. After that is done, the other team members can sign up, selecting “Relay Signup [date of event] (other than captains) ALL HEATS” to register, and indicating who their captain is. Failure to sign up in this manner can cause significant delays at the event.

Our Beneficiaries

Our 2020 beneficiaries will be announced in the coming week!

Supporting the Cause

In 2018 and 2019, TNYA raised more than $40,000 from hundreds of donors. We strongly encourage participants to bring in at least $100 in donations, or contributions of any amount from at least five people. Here are two easy and effective ways to fundraise:

  1. On the team’s fundraiser page, click “Join This Event” to create your own fundraising page (you can personalize the standard language provided). It’s a fast, easy way to share information about OHS, and it gives donors a quick way to donate online. Add a picture or video for better result$$$!
  2. E-mail friends and loved ones with a pitch. We will be providing a sample pitch letter that you should feel free to adapt and share with everyone you know.

Please contact David Hovey and Nathan Burstein (ohs@tnya.org) with any questions, and thank you for participating, fundraising, and volunteering at the event!