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Old 11-01-2009
ewa.swimmer ewa.swimmer is offline
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Default Any Hints to Using an Escort?

And I mean a safety escort in a race After reading the posts where swimmers are going long distances in open water I've decided to give it a try. Dec. 6th I'll be swimming 7K for the 2009 Hawaiian Christmas Invitational Looong Distance Rough Water swim. We call it the Double Roughwater since it is swimming the famous Waikiki Roughwater course two ways instead of just one way.

The race requires a safety kayak escort for each swimmer. A younger friend of mine has agreed to paddle the boat. Any hints? Drafting off the boat is not allowed.

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Old 11-01-2009
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And I mean a safety escort in a race After reading the posts where swimmers are going long distances in open water I've decided to give it a try. Dec. 6th I'll be swimming 7K for the 2009 Hawaiian Christmas Invitational Looong Distance Rough Water swim. We call it the Double Roughwater since it is swimming the famous Waikiki Roughwater course two ways instead of just one way.

The race requires a safety kayak escort for each swimmer. A younger friend of mine has agreed to paddle the boat. Any hints? Drafting off the boat is not allowed.

Thanks
ewa, I'm very jealous and at this point may never respond to your posts because you get to do all the cool guy swims! I wanted to do this swim, but can't scrounge up the necessary cash to fly over there, maybe next year

In answer to your question about a pilot/escort, my advice would be to get someone that kayaks very well, understands the currents in the water your swimming, and is good at motivating you to continue onwards even when you don't think you can't. I'm not talking about pain or dangerous conditions, but rather when your mind begins to play tricks on you; do you have someone there to let you know your doing great and can make it?

I pilot swims a lot now in kayaks and Zodiacs (motorized boats) and I find that checking up on someone (constantly) during a swim is very important regardless of whether its warm water - as in your case - or cold water (mine).

Whomever pilot's you, make sure that you trust them and listen to them at all times. Remember a pilot can see things you can't when your in the water. Don't argue with him, if he says go right, go right...if he says go left, same thing. This is where knowing the currents play a big factor.

I'm sure you've heard this all before but as a burgeoning pilot myself I am very cautious with all my swimmers. I'm sure your friend wants you to make the swim and enjoy it, but safety comes first. Hope this helps.

Keep Swimming!
Naji

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I'd recommend having your escort out there during training swims. On a swim like that, fast feeds depend as much on the escorts as the swimmer. If the escort is a great kayaker but has never done this with a swimmer, they won't know where you want them, how fast you want them to go, where they should position (not between you and the sun, etc). Maybe even rent a kayak a couple days ahead to try in the same body of water. I've done that with Tampa before.
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Old 11-17-2009
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I would add: work out some hand signals with your guide as well. Its hard to hear (for me anyway). A good kayaker will hold a position that you can follow without altering your stroke to site. Go over your feeding plan, and let your kayaker keep track of the time.
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Great info Dave thanks and it's good to see ya on the Forum.
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