scratching or veering off another swimmer
will not be tolerated and are grounds forimmediate disqualification.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Wear some colorful or distinctive clothing or a hat so your swimmer can more easilyrecognize you in the water.
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