Point to La Pointe
Open Water Swim on Lake Superior - July 29, 2017
First of all, thank you for being an escort! Your participation ensures a safe, fun race for all of our swimmers. We couldn’t do this event without you.
There are two categories of escorts:
All escorts should be experienced, including experience in the wind and waves in case of rough Lake Superior conditions. All escorts and watercrafts must be approved by the race director. To gain approval, call Hilary at 715-779-5408
Race organizers reserve the right to reject an escort craft that is not suitable for the Lake conditions.
Watercraft & Boat Requirements
Kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and large rowboats are welcome to serve as Race and Community Event escorts.
If you need a watercraft, you can rent a kayak from Trek and Trail (who happen to be right at the start beach). They do require a safety course or ACA certification to rent their kayaks. They can schedule a safety course for the day before the swim. For more information, visit Trek and Trail, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-354-8735.
Arrival & Race Start
Friday Registration - 2-8 p.m. at the Bayfield Pavilion
Community Event escorts MUST come to packet pickup on Friday to get their orange safety flag, t-shirt, and breakfast ticket from their swimmer. Please get your kayak approved on Friday night.
Race Event escorts are encouraged to come by the Pavilion between 2-8 p.m. to register and get your goodies.
Saturday Escort Schedule - starts at 6-6:30 a.m. on the beach
Please arrive at the beach on time to drop your kayak and gear. You may pull your car into the parking area at the end of Washington Ave. where we will have volunteers to unload your boat and gear.
We have 550 swimmers and 60 kayaks to unload, so please move your car quickly to a parking spot up the hill after you’ve unloaded. If you did not get your escorting flag Friday night, you will have to stop by registration (on the beach) to get it.
Race Event - Escorts will be stationed in zones along the raceway. Five buoys will mark the raceway. Each zone will have a kayak leader and 5-6 kayakers. These teams will monitor swimmers in their zones. When all swimmers have safely made it through a zone, the kayakers will monitor the swimmers throughout the remaining zones to the Finish Line. When ALL swimmers are safely off the water, kayakers will turn in their orange safety flags at the Finish Line or at the Bayfield gas dock to account for all volunteers.
Community Event - Escorts should monitor their specific swimmer in the community event. We suggest paddling within 30 feet of your swimmer. Turn in safety flag at the Finish Line or at the gas dock.
Relay Event - Escorts must have a second person on board in addition to the driver to act as a spotter for the swimmer. While making an exchange of swimmers motors and propellers must be turned off. Turn in safety flag at the Finish Line.
Safety & Rescue
If a swimmer is steering significantly off course, please steer them back. This may require interrupting the swimmer, but keeping swimmers on the course is important for their safety. Please be responsible for the safety the swimmers around you. If a swimmer looks like they are in trouble (exhausted or sloppy rhythm, disoriented) check on them.
If you suspect that a swimmer needs a rest or be pulled out, tell them to stop and rest by hanging onto your kayak. Make sure a resting swimmer doesn’t climb on top of your kayak!
Ask somewhat complicated questions, such as their middle name, zip code, multiplication (“What’s 7 x 7 ?” or, “Who is the vice-president?”) Hypothermic and exhausted swimmers will say they are OK, but can’t answer questions like this.
If you have a question about a swimmer’s health, signal a motorboat with your orange safety flag. There will be an EMT who can evaluate the swimmer.
The official end time of the race is 10 a.m. Any swimmer still on the course will be pulled from the water at this time.
After the Event
Escorts are welcome to tie their kayaks onto the kayak line at the finish line and enjoy the festivities.
You must turn in your orange flag so that we may account for your safe arrival at the finish line. Please do not forget to do this! Your escorting duties are over after you return the flag to race organizers. After that point, you are then responsible for your own safety and return to Bayfield. We strongly recommend returning to Bayfield with another kayak for safety. There is greater safety in a group. The ferry will take kayaks on deck, but at a cost.
Thank you for escorting and supporting this exciting event and the Bayfield community!
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