Rules for Kayakers, Paddle Boarders and Boat Captains
Safety is our number 1 concern! We depend on all swimmers, kayakers, boat captains and volunteers to know and follow the safety rules at all times.
Boats will be driven at headway speed and maintain a safe distance from the swimmers and kayakers/paddle boarders. We recommend 50 feet. Boat operators will whenever possible be on the left side of swimmers, so the boat operator has clear visibility to the swimmer in the water.
All participants in a boat will follow the instructions of the boat captain and be vigilant in getting in and out of the boats. Being mindful of the dangers of the boat propellers, the boat operators will switch off their engines as swimmers board and exit the boat. Boat operators will proceed to swimmers bow in, keeping the boat stern away from the other swimmers and paddlers.
Kayaker and paddle boarders that are escorting swimmers will remain 5 - 10 feet from the swimmers and act as the navigator to help keep the swimmers on the course. Whenever possible, the paddlers will stay on the right side of the swimmers.
Boat captains and kayakers/paddle boarders that are supporting the swimmers will be vigilant to deter spectator boats from driving into or through the swim course.
Each kayaker/paddle boarder will either be assigned to a specific swimmer or be given a part of the swim course to patrol.
Kayakers/paddle boarders should come to the race prepared:
- dress in layers to account for a colder start and warmer temperatures later in the day
- wear a hat and sunscreen to protect from the sun
- we will provide you with a bright green shirt. In an emergency, you should waive that shirt to attract the attention of one of our safety boats, which will be clearly marked
- bring a cell phone in a plastic bag. We will provide you with an emergency cell phone number to call if there is a problem or if you have questions
- bring 2 life preservers, one for you and one for any potential swimmer that needs a rescue. If possible, please bring a Type IV throwable device, for example, a square floating cushion with straps on it.
- food and drink for yourself
- bring a cup in case you have to use the bathroom (we are not kidding)
If you are assigned to a swimmer, they might ask you to carry food and liquids for them to be administered during the swim. Please work together with your swimmer to provide them the best assistance.