Although many CIBBOWS folk swim without wetsuits, some also where them. The first time I went to swim at Coney Island (early May, 2012 --- water 53 degrees F) I wore a wet suit and was the only one thus clothed. I was welcomed no less warmly because of my garment. "Whatever gets you in the water," was what my kind, watchful swim partner said to me that first day. I had a terrific first outing with her support and have been back many times since. And, although I no longer wear a wetsuit, I know that if I ever felt the need for that extra warmth I would, none-the-less, be welcome on that beach. With those fine folk.
See you on the beach,