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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040C4BACA62AA5F94-20232#/

    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 Bailey.Daniel@usopc.org.

  • 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

Zombie Swim 12 days away, Swim for Inclusion a success

Only 12 shopping days left until the Zombie Cause Swim. Don’t panic; you can still get tickets for the swim by clicking here.  If you need more information, click here. If you have no intention of swimming, click here, if you are a Democrat click here, if you are a republican click here, if you are independent click here, if you are a Libertarian click here, and if you are apolitical click here.

Please remember there is a zombie costume contest, so feel free to dress up for the event.

Volunteers will need to show up at 5 pm on the night of the race to help with set up.  If you can volunteer, please let Lucky know.

Water temp is 82 degrees, as of this morning, which is a perfect swimming temp.  Where are all the swimmers?  I believe it is because everyone likes complaining about when the water is too hot or to cold, when it’s just right there’s nothing to complain about, so it gives you no joy in life.

Okay here’s the deal.  This is an inaugural swim. Twenty years from now you will be telling folks either yes you participated the very first one which makes you some kind of Demigod or no you didn’t sign up and it is now your biggest regret in your life, even more than participating in the one chip challenge. Buy your ticket here.

Congratulations to the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers team which was the top fundraising team for the Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion on Saturday. The swim raised nearly $20,000 for Special Olympics. The funds are used to support open water swimming in Special Olympics. The plaque is reported to have some magic qualities. Reportedly if you rub it the correct way you will grow hair on the ends of your little fingers.

Rosen Aquatic Center Natatorium named for Doc Lucky and much more…

If you haven’t ever been to the Rosen Aquatic Center on International Drive, you should, as it is one of the finest competition pools in the country, and its record board looks like a who’s who of swimming. Recently, they honored Lucky Meisenheimer by naming the main competition natatorium in his honor. This week, the CEO of Florida Special Olympics also notified him that he is being inducted into the Florida Special Olympics Hall of Fame in November. These honors have created a problem for Lucky as his head has gotten so big he can’t get it through his front door. He assures us that it will return to normal size soon as there is too much frontal drag when swimming, and it is too big a target for underwater hockey pucks.

The Lucky’s Lake Swim Paradox is now in full effect. You may ask yourself, “What is the Lucky’s Lake Swim Paradox?” The paradox is when the lake is unbearably hot in the summer, everyone bitches about how miserable and hot the water is, but when the water temperature drops into the fun, excellent swimming temperature range, the total number of swimmers drops. Some mornings look like January mornings when there is frost on the grass. This paradox happens every year, so go figure.

Harris Rosen of the Rosen Aquatic Center with Lucky Meisenheimer.  The Natatorium was recently named in Lucky’s honor.  Lucky says: ” This is a great honor even though I have problems spelling the word “Natatorium.” 

Sign up now! The inaugural Zombie Cause® Swim. 8pm Oct 14th.  There will be a zombie costume contest. Prizes for best zombie, most bizarre zombie and sexist zombie. Click here to see FAQs about the event, a video and sign up form.

Swim for Inclusion is Saturday Sept 30th at 9AM at Lucky’s Lake Swim. Sign up to be a part of the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers team. Over $17000 has been raised so far. Click here to Join the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers Team

Tickets are now available for the Zombie Cause® Swim

The inaugural Zombie Cause® Swim. 8pm Oct 14th. Ticket sales are now open!

Only two hundred spots are available and ticket sales opens tonight!

Buy your tickets HERE

(100% of the ticket price goes to the Step into Swim program for the Rosen Aquatic Center)

You must print out your ticket and bring it to the event to participate. There will be a best dressed zombie contest

Check out the Zombie Cause® Swim video here

Don’t forget to join us for the Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion on Sept 30th. You can sign up for the Lucky’s Lake Swimmers Team Here 

1st annual Zombie Swim, new milestone awards and more…

Editor’s note: I remain confused; we at Lucky’s Lake swim distinctly remember everyone complaining that the water was too cold to swim in January. With much effort, we had Shawn turn on all the lake heaters, and now everyone is complaining about the water being too hot (except, of course, the brain-eating amoebae, who are reportedly loving it). Which is it, too hot or too cold? Making matters more perplexing is the occasional wetsuit swimmer in 89-degree water. Are they suicidal? Are they on drugs? Are they suicidal and on drugs? Should we attempt to stop them or quietly film the next viral TikTok “Florida Man boils himself.” A moral dilemma for most, however, not for Lucky; you must have morals to have a moral dilemma. I see him setting up his video camera on the dock. Shawn, please turn off the lake heaters; thank you.

Here are some upcoming events:

 Monday September 4th Labor Day  7:45 AM

Saturday September 30th Special Olympics Swim for Inclusion. Come join our open-water Special Olympics athletes for a swim—more about signing up in a later post.

Saturday, October 14th 8 pm The 1st Annual Zombie Cause Swim (sign up will be announced on this blog in early September – 200swimmer limit)


Major Milestone update. Not since we dropped the word Aquatica from our milestone awards has there been such a shocking update to our award system. Here are our new milestone award swimming caps. White 25K, yellow 100K, orange 200K, silver 500K, gold 1000K, Red 2000K, 3000K, 5000K. You may ask why red is selected for 2000K and above. Well, we had a 2000K club cap which was black, and everyone one was calling them black head and making pimple jokes like “Oooh, there’s a black head; let me get my comedo extractor” (Ed note: only Lucky thought this was funny). With the color red, even if you call them redheads, there are no jokes about redheads, right? The caps remain free when you hit each milestone, but if you ruin, lose your cap, or get lice in your cap you now can get a replacement for a $10 donation to the Lake Cane Restoration Society. The new caps are all silicone, the old caps were latex, and people’s heads kept swelling up and exploding. (Ed Note: Lucky told me this fact, he’s a doctor, so it must be true.)

If you are looking for a restaurant that appreciates Lucky’s Lake Swimmers (and makes a fantastic Reuben sandwich) look no further than Stephie’s Pub and Irish eatery on OBT in Apopka. Legend has it if you eat or drink something sitting under the Lucky’s Lake Swim logo it will bring you luck. In reading the fine print it does not specify the type of luck you will receive.

It has come to our attention that folks are arriving after our start time of 6:30 am on weekdays and 7:45 pm on Saturdays. There are no other start times from Lucky’s dock. They swim from other docks if you see other people in the water before Lucky’s start time. We have very few rules associated with the swim, but one of them is you are expected to arrive by the start time. You don’t have to start swimming the moment the group begins, but you are expected to be present at the start. Please respect the start time.

Anika (age 70) did her first crossing today. Lucky may look 70, but she doesn’t.

Lucky and his sons John and Jake had a significant publication in the Cureus Journal of Medical Science titled “Measured Submersion Times in Underwater Hockey Are Inconsistent With Its Classification as an Extreme Apneic Sport. This is the first major scientific publication on the sport of underwater hockey. Please click on the article, give it 5-star reviews, and then if you want, read it, but don’t change your five-star reviews after you are done reading. Congratulations to Pete Gold for trying out Underwater Hockey and not dying. He will get his man card stamped if he comes to another practice. You might be thinking, “If Pete can do it, so can I,” and you would be correct. We are always recruiting new members, and we are coed. Join us at the Rosen Aquatic Center Mondays and Wednesdays at 7 pm. Is it better than sex? No, but it is better than sitting at home watching reruns of Gilligan’s Island. If we don’t see you at the pool, we will assume you are at home having sex.

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