Please see the following request from Alan Withers, ASA South West Region Open Water Swimming.
If anyone is interested please contact Alan directly.
Our annual Open Water Swimming Championships are once again being held at Preston Beach, Weymouth on Saturday 24th June.
Unfortunately we are having great difficulty in finding sufficient canoeists, kayakers &/or paddle boarders to help us with our safety arrangements.
I am writing this urgent appeal to ask if your club would be interested in helping us with our first line safety cover for this annual event by providing additional canoeists, kayakers and/or paddle boarders?
Our second line safety cover consists of 4 power boats (RIBs)
Ideally we would like to have a minimum of 2 and up to 8 canoeists from your club if you can manage that (or more as we can never have too many).
The event comprises a 5 km swim, a 750 m taster event for 11 to 13 year olds, a 1500 m event and a 3 km event. Ages in the longer events are a mix from 12 yrs up to 60 plus. Other than in the Taster event, swimmers are not novices in open water swimming and all will be competent swimmers for their ages. The courses run approximately parallel to the shore. We anticipate a total of perhaps 180 to 200 swimmers all told spread over the 4 events. We require coverage from 1000 hrs until the last event finishes around 1730 hrs. There is time in the programme for short breaks between events and for a lunch break.
In recognition of your support we can offer travelling expenses, packed lunches, free parking, refreshments and a contribution to your club funds of £50 per canoeist provided.
If this is something you think you club and its members may be interested in please call me on the mobile number below for further information. We will be very grateful for any help you can give us.
ASA South West Region Open Water Swimming
Tel: +44 1458 448129
Mob: +44 7860261988