I am deadly serious about the first part of this post. Today we had a swimmer that was told our rule of new swimmers wearing floatation (wetsuit, pull buoy, safer swimmer buoy, etc.) for the first three crossings. He was given a safer swimmer buoy and then “stupidly” chose not to take the floatation on his first open water swim. He was a excellent pool swimmer and had been a competitive swimmer. To make a long story short he panicked, and very well could have easily died. Then, I find out later, a youth swimmer that swam the lake for the first time did so without floatation with either her or her chaperon, which is again in violation of our rules.
From now on anyone in violation of the floatation device rules will be told never to return. (Please see the rules below – they have been updated)
1. Everyone participating in Lucky’s Lake Swim should be able to swim 1000 meters in a pool non-stop. This is not a learn to swim event. If you can’t swim 1000 meters in a pool comfortably, don’t swim the lake (even if you are planning only a partial swim).
2. We expect everyone to arrive on time for the start. You don’t have to actually start in the mass start, but you need to be present for the start. If it takes you a few minutes to ease into the water after the lead swimmers have gone, no problem. If you arrive (at the dock) after folks have started swimming you are late. It is hard to vet new swimmers when everyone is arriving at staggered times. Please arrive on time for the start or don’t swim.
3. All new swimmers for their first three crossings MUST have floatation with them such as a pull buoy, wet suit, safer swimmer buoy, life guard buoy etc… (This is not a suggestion it’s a requirement) I don’t care if your name is Michael – freaking – Phelps this rule is absolute. It is also perfectly fine to continue wearing floatation devices for as many crossings as you want (we encourage it but don’t require it after the first three).
4. All new dark swimmers (This means swimming in the dark) must have floatation for their first three dark swims. We don’t care if you are in the 1000K club; if it is your first three dark swims take floatation.
5. All children twelve and under must be accompanied by an adult chaperone and both the chaperone and child must have floatation. Chaperons must have completed at least a double crossing before serving as a chaperone.
6. All swimmers doing a partial crossing (i.e. to the first buoy and back must be accompanied with a coach chaperone) both the swimmer and the coach must have floatation. Coaches can only escort one swimmer at a time.
PLEASE everyone help us police the swim. We’ve got a great thing going here and we do not want a tragedy to occur. If you see someone in violation of the rules or just doing something that you think is dangerous for themselves or others please speak up.