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Sample Kayaker's Guide for Open Water Swimmers

Sample Kayaker's Guide for Open Water Swimmers

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Published by Steven Munatones
A sample kayaker's guide for open water swimmers.

For more information on open water swimming, visit
http://www.openwatersource.com
http://www.dailynewsofopenwaterswimming.com
http://www.imshof.org
http://www.10Kswim.com
A sample kayaker's guide for open water swimmers.

For more information on open water swimming, visit
http://www.openwatersource.com
http://www.dailynewsofopenwaterswimming.com
http://www.imshof.org
http://www.10Kswim.com

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Published by: Steven Munatones on Nov 14, 2010
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Copyright © 2010 by Steven Munatones
Sample Kayaker’s Guide
For Open Water Swimmers
 
This is a sample guide for open water swims that have a 1:1 ratio for kayakers and swimmers.This is not meant to specifically address your event or responsibilities, but is a generalguideline for reference purposes:
1 Water Conditions2 Rules3 The Start and The Transitions
 
4 Support5 Navigation
 
6 The Finish
 
7 Logistics8 Kayaking Tricks and Hints
 
1 WATER CONDITIONS
 
1.1
There may be rain, fog or mist early in the race that may turn into blistering heat later inthe race
 –
or the moisture in the air may continue day.
 
Properly prepare yourself to be comfortable in these myriad conditions and temperatures.Consider wearing a wetsuit or other cold-weather gear as necessary
 –
as well as headcovering and sunglasses.There may also be large surf at the start and at the finish. At the very least, there will besome sort of waves on the coastline that you must navigate through. Be prepared to getthrough the surf zone with all of your equipment and the equipment and fueling and hydrationproducts for your swimmer. This can be tricky and dangerous if you are capsized goingthrough the surf. Ask for help if you need it. There will be lifeguards and volunteers to helpyou through the surf
 –
but be prepared to get through the surf by yourself.Your swimmer cannot compete without you so they are dependent upon your success ingetting out beyond the breakers.
The two possible extremes in the Pacific Ocean
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be prepared for both.
 
 
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1.2
On race day, the water conditions in the ocean may vary from glassy smooth
 
to turbulent with high surf and whitecaps. Prepare yourself to handle the entire range ofpossible water conditions. Both close to shore (waves and rip currents) and outside the surfzone (surface chop, jellyfish, dolphin and ocean swells), be prepared for all possiblesituations. Practice, practice, practice. If you have problems keeping balanced if there issignificant surface chop or whitecaps, call over the lifeguards and ask for assistance.
 
1.3
If lightening and exceptionally high surf or rough conditions occur on race day, the eventwill be cancelled. The decision of the Referee, in consultation with the lifeguards, will be final.Safety first.
 
1.4
Of course, if at any time, you believe your swimmer has reached their physical and mentallimits, immediately call the lifeguards and allow your swimmer to hang on and rest of yourkayak.
 
2 WATER TEMPERATURE2.1
The water temperature may vary from 55°F
 –
68°F 55°F
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68°F with fluctuating watertemperatures throughout the course depending on the currents, winds and waves. If thewater temperature is outside this expected range, the Referee shall make this announcementbefore the race. Even if your swimmer wears a wetsuit, they may get cold during the race,especially towards the end.
NEVER LET YOUR ATHLETE GO BEYOND WHAT THEY ARE CAPABLE OF, EVEN IF THEY REQUEST YOU TO LEAVE THEM IN THE WATER UNTILTHEY HAVE TO BE FORCED OR PULLED OUT.
 
If you think your swimmer is getting cold, ask them their telephone number or name of theirhigh school or birthdates of their children or any other simple questions that they shouldimmediately know. If your swimmer cannot answer these simple questions, immediately callthe lifeguards over and get your swimmer out of the water. While they may be disappointedat not finishing, they will live another day to do other sports and other swims.If you think your swimmer may have problems with the ocean temperatures, you may tryproviding them with warmed drinks
 –
not chilled drinks. However, the swimmers mustpractice ahead of time to become accustomed to drinking warm drinks in the open water.
2 RULES2.1
There are a few important deviations from the standard open water swimming rulesgoverning the sport at the Olympics and FINA World Swimming Championships. The rules ofthe local amateur swims are largely aimed at the safety and enjoyment of the average athlete.Most races follow the standard FINA rules but there are exceptions. For example, in a fewraces like the Distance Swim Challenge, you may allow your swimmer to touch and hang on
 
your support kayaks at any time and for any length of time during the race. However, pleaserefrain from pulling along your swimmer. This is against the race rules. Of course,unsportsmanlike conduct by you or your swimmer
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such as pulling, dunking, sinking,
 
 
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scratching or veering off another swimmer
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will not be tolerated and are grounds forimmediate disqualification.
2.2
In some races, the course will be parallel to the shoreline and will be marked by a seriesof marine buoys. In other cases, the course is an out-and-back course or a loop course or apoint-to-point course. Pay close attention to the direction in which you and your swimmermust swim (e.g., left-shoulder turns, right-shoulder turns or a combination of both around theturn buoys). At certain locations, especially when there is boat, JetSki, surf ski, wind surfingor kite surfing cross traffic, you and your swimmer must exercise
EXTREME
caution.
DO NOT ASSUME ANY WATERCRAFT WILL SEE OR STOP FOR YOU OR YOUR SWIMMER. DO NOT ASSUME YOU HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. BE CAUTIOUS AND CAREFUL. GIVE WIDE BERTH TO ALL WATERCRAFT, BOATS, JET SKIS, WIND SURFERS AND KITE SURFERS.
 
2.3
In some courses, there may be time limits. If you and your swimmer do not reach certainpoints by certain times, you and your swimmer will be asked to leave the course.
2.4
For all races, if you are not finished by a certain time, you and your swimmer will be askedto leave the course. This is usually a race requirement or a local permit requirement.
 
2.5
Keep your swimmer within 10 meters of you. DO NOT ALLOW YOUR SWIMMER TOSWIM OFF BY THEMSELVE. You should be positioned parallel to your swimmer on theirpredominant breathing side. There are some occasional exceptions to this rule: at the start,finish or in and around the transition areas where the swimmers will proceed by themselves.
 
3 THE START AND TRANSITIONS
 
3.1
In some races, kayakers must be in position outside the surf zone 10 minutes before thestart of the race. Discuss with your swimmer where and how you will meet them outside thesurf zone prior to the start of the race.
3.2
The start may be sounded by an air horn. Sometimes, 10-minute, 5-minute, 3-minute and1-minute warnings will also be given, although you may not hear these pre-race warningswhen you are out in the water past the surf zone.
 
3.3
Wear some colorful or distinctive clothing or a hat so your swimmer can more easilyrecognize you in the water.
3.4
As your swimmer gets past the surf zone and starts to head around the course, kayakover to your swimmer WITHOUT impeding the progress of other swimmers.
DO NOT KAYAK OVER OR IN FRONT OF OTHER COMPETITORS. UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT ON YOUR PART WILL BE GROUNDS FOR IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION OF YOUR SWIMMER.
Kayak up behind your swimmer or wave to your swimmer so they can
 
swim out to your position. Once you and your swimmer have teamed up, then proceedaround the course as instructed.
 

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