I am going to do another open-water swim race in September - the Governors Island swim. This is because I realize that for the Little Red Lighthouse swim later that month I will need a qualifying event - I really do not want to have to do a certified pool swim of 3 miles (4950 yards), in fact I think it would be logistically challenging even to arrange for it to be administered!
[ED. Ugh, I will need to do a pool certification for THIS one, too! Swim escalation!]