Doc Lucky’s Golden Mile only 11 days away, we say goodbye to Digger the Dog

Only about 80 slots left in this year’s Golden Mile®. If you are planning on waiting to the last minute to register you may be shut out , so register now.
If you miss out you will feel shame and loath yourself for an entire year. Don’t take that chance register now.

Click Here To Register for the 2024 Golden Mile® Swim

Golden Mile® Saturday May 25th sign up now

Need a sneak preview of what’s happening at this year’s Golden Mile® and 25th Anniversary of Lucky’s Lake Swim CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO

Digger the Dog and Ron’s best buddy has now taken his last swim to doggie heaven. Digger is the only dog in the 1000K club (this is by Ron’s count) and the only dog on the wall of fame. Digger was 17 years old which is 119 dog years. We attribute his longevity to swimming the lake and not eating what Ron eats. Digger, you will be missed by all your fellow lake swimmers. 

In honor of Digger we have re-released the short film Digger VS the underwater monster.
Watch the video HERE

17 days until the Golden Mile® – We say goodbye to Audrey and more…

Doc Lucky’s Golden Mile® is only 17 days away!  Saturday May 25th. (no regular lake swim that day) If you have not registered yet, now is the time.  The water temperature is now in the high 70s, low 80s perfect for an open water swim.
Not saying you are a loser for not participating, however if you will take a few moments to watch  the video below you will feel like a loser for not swimming this historic event.
Not only is it the 5th annual Golden Mile®, but it is also the 35th anniversary of Lucky’s Lake Swim, that means extra swag!   Sign up here for the Golden Mile®

Rowdy Gaines 3x Olympic Gold Medalist and NBC sportscaster has confirmed he will once again be our official starter for the event.

This is what you will be missing if you don’t show up for the 2024 Golden Mile®  Watch the video here 

We say goodbye to Audrey. There will be a celebration of Life in her honor Saturday May 10th at 9:30AM after the lake swim in Jacquie and Lucky’s backyard . Please bring chairs and blankets to sit on.

At Doc Lucky’s Golden Mile® we will also be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Lucky’s Lake Swim. We have a special patch for all those who attend and swim.

Sign up here for the Golden Mile®

This happens at other open water swims, but never at the Golden Mile® That’s why you should sign up for the Golden Mile® and forget about the other swims. Just kidding, never say never. Folks it’s about bragging rights, and everybody north of Florida thinks this is what happens anytime you swim in a lake in Florida.

Too lazy to click on the sign up links, well, scan the QR code, and it will take you there, easy peasy

Photoshoot tomorrow at lake swim, upcoming events

Tomorrow, Saturday, the 23rd, folks from the 111 Things to Do book series will take photos at the Lake Swim. This is your chance for your 15 seconds of Fame.
The water temperature is 72.5, which is the same temperature we have in Florida Springs year round. Swimming at Lucky’s Lake will be the same this weekend as swimming in a spring. Plus, we have 10 feet of visibility, which is so much better than the 90 feet of visibility in springs, because who wants to really see what they’re swimming with?

What’s Happening Easter Sunday Play the video!

Sign up for the 5th Annual Golden Mile®

Happy New Year from Lucky’s Lake Swim – Big Events for 2024 put them on your schedule now!

Welcome 2024. Its off to a cold start with the lake temp coming in at 62 degrees this AM. That did not stop the psycho freaks that did the swim this morning. Apparently not everyone got the message that this was a mandatory swim.

We are now back to our old swimming schedule of 6:30 AM Mon-Fri and 7:45

AM on Saturdays. 

Here are some RED LETTER days for your 2024 calendar for 2024

March 31st Easter Eat-Pray-Swim (Sunrise)
April 27-28 The Doc Lucky Underwater Hockey Invitational and FL State Championships (Not too late to join us underwater if you start training now)
MAY 25 The 5th Annual Doc Lucky Golden Mile and 35th Anniversary of Lucky’s Lake Swim
June 1st The Jack Beattie Lake Swim (35th anniversary)
September (Date TBA) 3rd annual Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion
September 21 The 2nd Annual Zombie Cause Swim

Photo credit to Mi who took the picture of our New Year’s Day Lunatics. Water temp was 62 which is apparently the same as the collective IQ needed to enjoy the swim.

Mike McAlpin is getting ready for the Navy Seal Foundation Frogman Swim in Tampa. He is our only representative from Lucky’s Lake Swim this year. Luna was giving him so very valuable tips on how to survive  “don’t get in the water take the kayak “was the number one tip. You can donate to the Navy Seals Foundation HERE 

Holiday Swim Times at Lucky’s Lake Swim

Okay, it is very cold, but it’s windy too.  Just right for masochistic open water swimmers. Still not enough? Nobody’s making you wear a wetsuit, are they?

Here is the holiday swim schedule for the rest of the year. If you have to work, and must have your dark morning lake swim, Lucky will not beat you up if you start at 6:30am, however the main group and any new swimmers will start at 7:45AM.

18th Monday  7:45AM
19th Tuesday 7:45AM
20th Wednesday 7:45AM
21st Thursday 7:45AM
22nd Friday 7:45AM
23rd Saturday 7:45AM
24th Christmas Eve  NO SWIM
25th Christmas Day  NO SWIM
26th Tuesday 7:45AM
27th Wednesday 7:45AM
28th Thursday 7:45AM
29th Friday 7:45AM
30th Saturday 7:45AM
31st Sunday New Year’s Eve NO SWIM
New Years Day (Monday) 7:45AM
2nd of Feb (Tuesday) 6:30am

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone (The new year’s day swim is mandatory).

Flashback to 2022 New Year Day’s at Lucky’s Lake Swim. Thirty-Five swimmers total. Seven haven’t gone to bed yet or stopped drinking, Five hungover hoping the cold water will kill the pain, and two tourists thought they were at Volcano Bay.

I hope Santa brings you a great Christmas gift like this fine work of art. 

Holiday Calendar – Zombie Swim Recap and more….

When does Lucky’s Lake Swim season end?  Well, Never.  We swim year round, and what is baffling to our regular swimmers is why there is a drop off in numbers in October. The water is perfect high 70s- to low 80s, good visibility and the hot tub is going. So, what’s your excuse?

The Zombie Cause® Swim was a blast.  For those who were too scared to swim please watch the recap video below to see what you missed, you loser.

Holiday Times for 2024


17th 6:30 AM A film crew will be filming some of the lake swim (your chance to be a star, no SAG card needed)
22nd 7:45 AM
23rd  7:45 AM Thanksgiving
24th  7:45 AM Black Friday (Tentative Lake Cane Restoration Society Poker Night – details TBA)
25th 7:45 AM  Saturday


18-22 7:45 AM
23rd   7:45  Saturday (Festivus)
24th  No Swim  Sunday (Christmas Eve)
25th  No Swim  Monday (Christmas Day)
26-30th  7:45 AM
31st No Swim Sunday (New Year’s Eve)


1st 7:45 AM  Monday New Year’s Day
2nd 6:30 AM back to normal swim schedule 6:30 AM  Mon-Fri, 7:45 AM Saturdays

Wimped out and didn’t do the Zombie Cause® Swim because you were too scared? Well, here’s your chance to live vicariously by watching the video. Please veiw with a feeling of shame and guilt. The good news is that you can redeem yourself next year by participating, but until then you are dead to the zombie swimming community (pun not intended).

Watch the video Here


Volunteers Needed (Read Below)

The 2023 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships presented by Toyota will be held December 15 – 17, 2023 in Orlando, Florida. The Rosen Aquatic and Fitness Center will serve as the host venue. The national championships will feature the top Team USA Paralympic athletes and emerging Paralympic hopefuls.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help with timing for both the morning and evening sessions, including basket carriers and USADA Doping Control Chaperones (Must be 18 years or older with no relationship to any competing athlete) for all evening sessions during the swim meet. No prior experience is necessary! There are six swimming sessions and we will need 20 volunteers in the morning, and 41 volunteers in the evening.

  • –  Session 1: Friday, December 15; 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • –  Session 2: Friday, December 15; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • –  Session 3: Saturday, December 16; 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • –  Session 4: Saturday, December 16; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • –  Session 5: Sunday, December 17; 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • –  Session 6: Sunday, December 17; 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    If you are interested in volunteering or know of someone that would be, please access the Sign-Up Genius link below:
    Volunteer link:

    Thank you for your interest in supporting our Paralympic athletes! We are excited to be at The Rosen Aquatic and Fitness Center and look forward to seeing you on the pool deck.

    If you have any questions concerning volunteer opportunities for the 2023 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Championships, please reach out to Bailey Daniel at

  • Volunteer now and your reward awaits you in heaven.


YES, there are still tickets available.  This is a bragging rights swim. This will come as a shock to many reading this, but there are a lot of folks out there scared of zombies.

Don’t let your fears control you.

Sign UP NOW – Last Chance – Click Here to Sign UP

 The inaugural Zombie Cause® Swim. 8pm Oct 14th at Lucky’s Lake Swim.  Don’t forget we have a zombie costume contest.

Zombie Cause® Swim Tomorrow Night!!! Sign up now if your not too scared.

Yes it is scary, but that’s the point.  This is a no wimps swim and full bragging rights will come with completion. Excuses will not suffice, either you swim, or all of your progeny will carry the burden for generations to come.

Please prevent this future conversation from happening. “Great-Grandpa why didn’t you do the zombie swim when you could have?  Well, great-grandson I am a card carrying wimp. Does that mean I’m a wimp and all future generations of our genetic pool will be wimps too?  Yes, yes is does.”

Sign up for the Zombie Cause Swim here:


Zombies are signing up for the swim. Remember there is a zombie costume contest before the swim.

The inaugural Zombie Cause® Swim. 8pm Oct 14th. Sign up Here

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