UPDATED AND REVISED ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 8, 2020:

Even though our regular operations are suspended due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are still organizing virtual experiences, outdoor gatherings & more this summer. We are in the early planning phase for our soft reopening for our practices & workouts and we have our first virtual new member information session scheduled for Thursday, August 13. We encourage our members to take advantage of the city’s beaches and the city’s outdoor pools. We have scheduled our beach day for Saturday, August 30. We encourage our members to join us for the Virtual Lake George Swim & virtual social events (such as the diving team roll call and virtual team meeting later this month). We also encourage our members to read our statement in support of the ongoing #BlackLivesMatter protests, our virtual closeout of our last One Hour Swim fundraising drive, and our open letters to New York City government officials concerning public pools, beaches and lifeguards. Looking forward, our international umbrella organizations, the International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics Association (IGLA), is surveying our community right now to address concerns ahead of our big international meet next year. We have also compiled a list of upcoming virtual experiences and outdoor gatherings organized by our community below. Check this page frequently for updates.

News Updates & Upcoming Events (in chronological order):

Soft Reopening in the Summer/Fall & Virtual New Member Information Sessions:

Do you want to be the first of our members back in the water for our practices in indoor pools in New York City? The board is talking to our pools about reopening. We need for you to be part of the conversation. We will be updating this page with more information about reopening as soon as we finalize details. Everyone interested in practicing during our soft reopening should reach out to us at: mail@tnya.org. We will also have our first virtual information session for new members on Thursday, August 13 at 7pm. If you, or someone you know, would like to attend the session, e-mail us at: mail@tnya.org. If you cannot make this information session, we will have more virtual information sessions later this summer and in the fall. For more summer programming, check out our full list.

Open Letters to New York City Government Officials Concerning Public Pools, Beaches and Lifeguards:

In response to New York Magazine’s article about Peter Stein and New York City public pools, beaches and lifeguards published on June 23, we sent a joint open letter to the Speaker of the New York City Council and a joint open letter to all 5 New York City Borough Presidents voicing our concerns on July 14. We encourage everyone to read the article. Given that the city’s beaches have already reopened for swimming (on July 1) and the city’s outdoor pools have already reopened (on July 24), we highly encourage everyone to reach out to our elected officials (the NYC Department of Investigations, the New York City Council, the New York City Public Advocate’s Office, and the New York City Mayor’s Office) to express concern and demand a full investigation, as well as to report any municipal employees that exhibit inappropriate behavior. If you would like additional information about our dialogue with the city, feel free to reach out to us at: mail@tnya.org. For more summer programming, check out our full list.

Outdoor Gatherings (Public Pools, Beaches & Parks in the 5 Boroughs):

The city’s beaches have already reopened for swimming (on July 1) and the city’s outdoor pools have already reopened (on July 24). Save the date for annual beach day with Front Runners on Sunday, August 30! More details coming soon. If you would like to help plan our beach day and other outdoor gatherings, feel free to reach out to us at: mail@tnya.org. Check this page frequently for updates. For more summer programming, check out our full list.

Virtual Lake George Marathon Swim:

The Virtual Lake George Marathon Swim is an eight-week, 32-mile challenge across the “Queen of American Lakes”, located in the beautiful Adirondacks of Upstate New York. Lake George has a well-known marathon swimming past, including USMS National Championships for 10K open water swims. TNYA has sent a large contingent to this swim in years past, and this year we want to do it again, virtually! If you select “Team New York Aquatics” from the drop down link when you register, you will be able to watch your teammates complete the challenge and track your own progress. Let’s cheer each other on! Any swim between August 1 and September 30 will count towards your 32 miles. Register on the virtual marathon website. For more summer programming, check out our full list.

Virtual Social Events (Happy Hours, Team Meetings, Town Halls, etc.):

We will continue to have virtual social events this summer to share information, discuss reopening, build community and socialize & have fun. Our diving team is currently taking a roll call and working on scheduling their virtual team meeting soon. To reach out to the diving team, message our Event Planning Committee here. Check this page frequently for updates. For more summer programming, check out our full list.

ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASES

UPDATE ON JULY 18, 2020: Our first virtual social event of the summer is a water polo team meeting & happy hour on Tuesday, July 21 starting at 6:30pm. To join the water polo team for the meeting, contact the team at waterpolo@tnya.org.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE (Revised and Updated):

Full List of News Updates & Upcoming Events (in chronological order):