Every year we sign up for the Oceanside Labor Day Pier Swim. It is a one mile course around the Oceanside pier. To train for it, we take the 10 minute walk to Swami's and swim 1/2 to 1 mile in the ocean, almost every morning during the summer. This year (2014) the ocean has been unseasonably warm, running from 70-73° F and the swimming conditions have been excellent! We see sting rays, fish, leopard sharks and one time swam through a huge school of anchovies.