Assist Swimmers in the Kentucky Open Water Swimming Championships

LACK Members,

I'm requesting your assistance for safety Boats at the Kentucky Open Water
Championship on Saturday, June 21st 2014 at Freeman Lake Park in
Elizabethtown.
Last year many members volunteered to help support KY Swimming Open Water
Championships and had a great time. David Wimsatt help organize the safety
boaters last year.

This year the first race will start at 08:00am (boats need to be in the water
at 7:45am) and all of the events should be finished around 12:30pm. There are
5 races scheduled varying from adults and age group events for children. The
adult 4KM race begins at 08:00am and the first children's race begins at
10:00am. I'm required by USA Swimming to keep adults and children venues
separated.

Please let me know if you can assist with safety boat support.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry David,just got a call from work.I have to be in Dickson Tenn at 9am in morning.Maybe next time.

    June 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will we be stationed close by or paddling along with them, will decide which yak I will bring, the Ibis is an easier and faster paddle than the coosa?

    June 20, 2014

  • Jessie

    As a lifeguard and water safety specialist, I would advise keeping some kind of flotation device stowed in your boat; I always keep in extra PFD or foam sleeve with rope attached stowed in my kayak. The rule of thumb is that if a swimmer is struggling, always have something floatable between you and them.
    If this kind of stuff has already been posted, please forgive the repetition.

    June 19, 2014

    • David M. W.

      We usually ask the swim safety Kayakers to bring a boat throw cushion or extra PFD. As you stated either of these flotation devices can aid a swimmer in distress. We do train people how to use the nose of their kayaks to aid a swimmer. We do this for the Ironman swim event as well as the Buckhead Border Challenge.

      1 · June 19, 2014

    • Jessie

      awesome!

      June 20, 2014

  • Hilary H.

    I would volunteer but I think I would be a bigger hazard than help.

    June 16, 2014

    • David M. W.

      Hilary...... You might want to tag along just for the experience...... We can teach you as we go

      1 · June 16, 2014

  • Jack

    What type of boats? Will Kayak do?

    June 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      what other saftey gear do we need?

      June 13, 2014

    • David M. W.

      Jack, kayaks are the preferred boat to use

      June 15, 2014

  • David M. W.

    This request is coming from Jim Bellware who is the lead organizer of this event.

    June 8, 2014

    • David M. W.

      C. E. Thanks for volunteering. There is a requirement to have and wear ( meaning zipped up and snapped up) a life jacket otherwise known as a PFD. You may want to bring a boat throw cushion or extra PFD as well. Other than that just the usual sunscreen, hat, water bottle, sunglasses with retaining strap

      June 13, 2014

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