We are in need of experienced open water paddlers (kayaks, SUPs, and surf skis welcome!) to help out with the Kids Swim (Friday, August 10, 2018) and Swim for Grand Traverse Bay (Saturday, August 11, 2018).
Safety Squad paddlers may help monitor the field of swimmers and individual support kayakers, assist with swimmer counts along the course and create additional visibility on the course. Safety Squad members must be willing, able, and trained to perform an open water rescue if needed.
To join in, you must have
Your own kayak, stand up paddle board, or surf ski
A U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) for yourself
An extra PFD
A means to bail water (if kayaking)
A leash (if paddleboarding)
Kids Swim: Swim: There will a mandatory safety briefing on the beach at West End Beach at 5:00 p.m. Friday, August 10 to allow paddlers to be out on the course before the swimmers start.
Swim: There will a mandatory safety briefing on the beach at Greilickville Harbor Park at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11 to allow paddlers to be out on the course before the swimmers start.
ALL VOLUNTEER PADDLERS MUST REGISTER (there is no cost) so we have an accurate participant count and your emergency contact information.
Volunteers are invited to enjoy the after-party immediately following the Swim at Volleyball Beach.
We also need volunteers to be safety paddlers for our new Kids Swim on August 10th at 5:00 PM. Click the link for more information or to sign up now: