Swimmer/Kayaker Qualifications

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Individual Swimmer Qualifications

All swimmers in this level must be 18 years or older and in good physical condition, as specified in the Waiver of Responsibility. In addition,You must have completed the Save The Bay Swim in one hour and 20 minutes or less in the past three years; OR

You must provide either: Written documentation on official stationery that you have completed another long-distance, open-water swim in the past three years or less (mail, fax or email a copy of your results with the name of the event, contact person, date and distance); OR

A letter signed by a witness (a coach, lifeguard or staff member who works at the pool in which you perform your swim test), who has witnessed you swimming two miles in a pool in an hour or less. This letter must be written or typed on official letterhead of the organization where the pool is located. It must also include the time in which you completed the two miles, along with the date the test was performed. All qualifications are subject to approval by Save The Bay. All swimmers who do not meet the Individual Swimmer criteria must swim with a kayaker.

Swimmer with kayaker

 All swimmers in this level must be 15 years or older and in good physical condition, as specified in the Waiver of Responsibility. In addition,You must provide your own kayak and kayaker to accompany you along the swim course. See Kayaker Qualifications.

Age Qualifications

If you are ages 15-17, you must also provide the following: Parent or legal guardian’s signature (in addition to your own signature) must be entered on both the Waiver of Responsibility and the Town of Jamestown Release in Full of All Claims. A letter from your swim coach on official stationery as proof that you are, or have been within the past six months, a member of a bona fide swim team or club (high school, YMCA, USS, etc.).

Swimmers with Kayakers will be assigned to one of three groups, based upon receipt of your registration. Once the first group is full, swimmers will be assigned to the second and third groups. There will be a five-minute period between the starting time of the three groups.Save The Bay reserves the right to accept or reject any participant, based on the official entry criteria. Participants who do not comply with the safety regulations established in the Safety Briefing will be barred from participation in future Save The Bay Swims

Kayaker Qualifications

To participate as a kayaker, you must register and submit a $25 application fee by Tuesday, August 9 2016.. All Kayakers must be 18 years or older. The Kayaker must be able to kayak as fast as their Swimmer can swim.

Kayakers must be able to hold their Swimmer until help arrives. While not required, Kayakers are invited to raise funds and compete for prizes. Volunteer kayakers who are not assigned to a swimmer must meet the same equipment requirements. Please call Leanne at 401-272-3540, x140 to register for the Save The Bay Kayak Safety Squad.

Kayaker Protocol 

  • Kayakers and Swimmers register with volunteers and received their mesh vest.
  • Mesh vests will be color coded for waves three, four and five (blue, yellow, green).
  • The number on the kayaker’s mesh vest will match the swimmer number of the swimmer they are responsible for.
  • Kayakers will be briefed on the protocol and told that mesh vests must be worn on the outside of their Personal Flotation Device (PFD) during the Swim.
  • They will be directed to land in a designated area north of the finish line at Potter Cove.
  • They must hand in their mesh vest to volunteer/staff who will be distinguished by a designated, bright-green t-shirt.
  • We can not enforce kayakers to get out of the water in Jamestown.  During the safety briefing, we will announce that kayakers should not paddle back to Newport, but arrange for a vehicle pick up at the finish in Jamestown.
  • Since mesh vest numbers on kayakers will match the swimmer number, the Safety Squad will have better visibility of swimmers in the water.
  • Finish Line: Potter Cove, Jamestown. Volunteeers on beach/in water collect mesh vests; additional volunteers run mesh vests to check out table, calling out the vest numbers in hand while other volunteers check off numbers on pre-printed spreadsheets.
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The Bay Swim: Then
and Now

Mike McCain

Listen to one swimmer who Swam the very first year and 37 years later.