We need on-water volunteers! Last time we did this we had a blast, paddled to beach for lunch, left with a bunch of goodies and mess of pool noodles : ) We didn't lose any swimmers so they've asked us back. This time we will hang around to enjoy the events of the day; after a short paddle up the river.
The iRONMAN 70.3 needs on water volunteers for the swim portion of the triathlon in downtown Miami.
Volunteers will have easy access to the launch, free parking, drinks, t-shirts, hats, food and and sponsor goodies. There are festivities, expos and all sorts of great things going on surrounding the event including.
Come on out and lend a hand, have a blast... Volunteers can bring their boats out starting the prior evening. If you are interested in participating, or need more details, please drop me a line at [masked].
RENTALS: You can volunteer for this event even if you do not own a boat. We have several boats available for the event. Reserve yours soon by calling Miles at 786.338.8067. Kayaks are $25 per single kayak.
The volunteers can expect to receive t-shirts, hats, food, drinks, and other products from our sponsors in a goody bag.
EVENT DAY INFORMATION
There are about 3,000 registered competitors for this event. We will be joined by about 25 paddleboarders and about 30 lifeguards. The course starts near the Tiki Barge dock at Bayside. Swimmers cover a triangular course leading back to the platform from where we will launch our boats. There will be a lot of activity in play. Please be there on time or early. Even I will be there early. On time means ready to launch by 6:30 am
The basic are as follows:
Parking and Parking Pass
Once you register you will receive a link to the event parking pass. Print it and place it on your vehocle. They will ask you for it when you arrive. Make sure you get it back when you pull out (or print an extra one for yourself. But I never said that : )
To drop off your kayak, proceed as if you were headed to Bayside Marketplace on Biscayne Blvd. Tell any police officers that stop you that you are there to provide on-water swimmer support. They will open the way for you.
When you pull into Bayside veer towards the right (valet area). Again, people will be there to guide you. Continue towards the bay then turn right. You will see a temporary dock. Unload your vehicle and then park. They have requested everyone park in the “Expo Parking” area on Biscayne Boulevard. If that lot is full, you may park at Bayside.
Boat Drop-Off on Saturday
You are strongly encouraged to drop your boat off on Saturday. I will be out of contact until Saturday night. Wayne will have The Paddle House phone[masked] and can help answer any questions. The drop off area is the same as the parking/event-day drop-off area. If you run into any trouble or confusion, call Mariandreina with MiamiTri Events. 786.303.1636. Please only call her if you absolutely must. He will be setting up for the event and extremely in demand.
There is a pre-launch briefing which lasts about 15 minutes. You basically provide course guidance and offer floatation (noodles) to tired swimmers. First kayak or board will paddle the course to provide the competitors with a visual guide of the course.
The course is triangular with three turning buoys. Additional markers will be placed between the turning buoys. The ideal coverage of the course is one kayak, one boar and one lifeguard between each section buoy. Do not group up on the water. You are not fixed to one position. Sometimes a swimmer will become attached to a particular support boat and you will find yourself escorting the swimmer around the course. If that happens, please return to a lightly covered section as soon as possible. Because of the great number of competitors, we will have a lot to do.
Some basic rules while on the water
It is important to guide the swimmers in the right direction. We will be positioned on the outside of the course to try to keep everyone on track. A tired swimmer may hold on to your boat but they cannot swim while holding on to a kayak or board. Try to keep the swimmers in front of you so you can see them.
The swimmers launch by class. The delay between classes is four minutes. Kayaks will spread out to cover the course. We keep an eye out for distressed swimmers and provide help as needed. Help consists of offering flotation (noodle or boat), guidance in course direction and a lot of encouragement. We encourage more experienced paddlers cover the far ends of the course. If anyone is in severe distress, your role is to get the lifeguards attention. They will provide first aid. You are not expected to jump in the water to rescue a swimmer.
Lunch and the after event paddle
We will likely be done with the support portion by 9:30 am A paddle up the river is planned before we return for the main event. Lunch, drinks, snack bars, fruit and such are available for us at the competitors tent. Goody Bags are in my truck and t-shirts will be available on-site.
What to Bring
Bring a camera, a drink or two and don’t forget your PFD. Bring lights if you have them. A towel and change of clothes are strongly recommended. Exhibitors will be onsite for a great show.
Thank you all for pitching in. This couldn’t happen without your help.