The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, maintains a global network of data-collecting buoys that provide useful information for, among others, open-water swimmers in their vicinity.
I utilized NDBC data in my observer report on Craig Lenning’s recent Farallon Islands swim.
Recently, I noticed a new feature on the NDBC website: A few buoy stations now have cameras!
Granted, there are currently only 11 BuoyCams worldwide, most in locations people have never swum (and probably will never swim), but still: Potentially an interesting resource for marathon swimmers, if this program expands.
Just imagine: How cool would it be to have a camera on Sandettie Lightship? (n.b., that’s a UK Met Office buoy, not NOAA)
And if I were planning a swim from San Miguel Island anytime soon, I’d probably be monitoring this guy daily.
A sampling of BuoyCam shots from today (click to enlarge):