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"So..." you say to yourself, "Rockport has a "Sea Bathing Society"? What is it? Is it any fun? Who can join?" We are Rockport's premier open water swim club- meeting once a week for a non-competive group swim from Rockport Pier- across from where the big blue crab used to be- down the beach about a half mile to the changing stations Anyone can join just by showing up for a Friday swim- usually at 6:30 pm in the Rockport beach parking lot across from the BBC (Big Blue Crab). You can always email our founder Chris Woolston @

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ocean swimming man

News, Commentary and how to Join our Next Swim

October 4th 2018

The water temp is still in the lower 80's and a new batch of jellyfish- both cannonball and sea nettle are getting pretty thick. The mosquitoes are still fairly ravanous but not so bad if you stay right on the edge of the shore. Winds have been Ene about 10 mph by noon making for some bumpy swims.

September 21st 2018

The water temp is back up into the low 80's and along with it the Cannonball Jellyfish have began to reappear. Wear a light full suit when swimming or the mosquitoes will "eat you alive". It's like a nature documentary out on the beach- The Giant Mosquitoes of South Texas- how vicious are they?

March 7th 2018

Just one of those beautiful classic swim days. I'm still wearing my 5 mil winter suit as the water is hovering around 65 degrees. Today the water was like glass with an optical effect where the sea and sky seem to merge into one. Did my usual swim from Rockport Pier to Half Way Point. Thinking of semi officially starting the "Rockport Sea Bathing Society- Rockport's one and only non competitive open ocean swim club"- could be fun to get together with a few other swimmers for a weekly swim.

March 4th, 2018

I was out on my daily swim on Sunday and was surprised when at the end of my swim I stood up in about two feet of water near shore and saw not one, but two, coast guard boats with guys shouting at me, "ARE YOU OK? CAN WE HELP YOU!?" To which I replied, "I'm fine, just swimming..." Guy on coast guard boat, "We had a call that there was a swimmer in trouble." Me, "no trouble, just swimming..." Anyway, it turns out that someone had called the Coast Guard when I began my swim a half mile down the beach thinking... I'm not sure what they were thinking. The beach locals know I swim year round, as do quite a few other people in town. Admittedly, I was a quarter mile off shore at the beginning of my swim and and it was a moderately choppy day- but nothing unusual for me. Anyway, I think that they- the coast guard- were a bit peeved but I can hardly be held accountable for panicky winter Texans calling in unneeded rescues. Over the past four years I've logged almost 1000 swims on Rockport beach and when I got to thinking about my water experience I have almost 40 years of open water swimming experience- most of it in seriously cold and rough Central Ca. waters. Having the Coast Guard boats there close to me with their props was beyond doubt the most dangerous experience I've every had swimming at Rockport Beach.

March 19th 2017

One day to the start of Spring- and not a day too soon. We are all glad to be getting out of our full suits and into our spring suits- and putting that second swim cap on stand by. Aye, it's windy, it's choppy. No matter. Our next swim is- see our contact page for the super seceret email address...

January 27 2017

Yes, its winter. But things are not... not swimmable; dig out the old full suit, grab a second swim cap and join us for a swim. Contact us by email: zadox at an undisclosed location dot org The above is all spelled and spaced out to foil those pesky bots who have no interest whatsoever in sea bathing.

tile from old book on sea bathing

A short & completely fictional history of sea bathing in Rockport Texas

January 26 2017

Everyone seems to have noted the excellent "Sea Bathing" in Rockport. The Spanish enjoyed regular dips in the bay. Then came the Texans and Mexicans- which at one time were one and same somehow- enjoyed the waters. Today Rockport beach sees hundreds of "sea bathers" durning summer months, and in the winter there are still some of the more dedicated sea bathers out.

a detail from a swim journal page

Do you keep a swim journal?

Occasionally we share a few passages and bits of illustration. Here is a page from my swim journal from this winter.