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***************WHAT DO WE DO? **************** The Bay Open Water Swimmers meet up around Port Phillip Bay to swim together. We are not a competitive entity. The idea is to swim close together, support each other and provide some safety in numbers (i.e protection from boats, jet skis, and overcome fear of the dark watery depths), its not a race. ****************WHO IS THIS GROUP FOR?*****************This group is for people who want to swim together for fun, exercise, and to enjoy the considerable beauty of Port Phillip Bay from the perspective of being in the water. It is not specially designed for people who want to train for racing competition and it is not designed for people who need to learn open water swimming techniques. It is suitable for people who are strong and confident swimmers in the pool and who want to try swimming in the open water, but are wisely wary of doing so on their own. There are risks involved in open water swimming and to maximise safety and enjoyment for yourself and other participants you should be: >> a strong and confident swimmer (i.e. can do 1500 metres easily within 45 mins in the pool); >> physically fit and engaging regularly (every week) in some form of vigorous exercise; >> confident swimming freestyle (breaststroke is not usually a strong enough stroke to get through a swell); >>swimming regularly either in the pool or in open water; >>able to swim back to shore by yourself if you decide that you are not confident to continue with the group. Organisers of swimming meet ups are not fitness professionals, swimming instructors, or designated life savers; they are equal participants in the activity. *************WHO CAN ORGANISE SWIMS?************** Any member of the group can organise a swim BUT YOU MUST talk to one of the organisers first (Penny, Catherine, or Adam) first so that we can brief you about the basic protocols such as maximising safety.

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