It is important to establish a clear plan between yourself and your swimmers in preparation for the Karma Resorts Rottnest Channel Swim.
This includes the following:
Number of people on board – this is determined by either the information displayed on the Australian Builder's Plate or (if there is no Builder's Plate) by reference to the Department of Transport requirements which can be found here.
Please be aware that the total number of people the boat is permitted to carry includes ALL swimmers, paddlers and support crew on the day. It is the skipper's responsibility to ensure that the support boat is legally able to carry and is capable of making the crossing to and from Rottnest safely.
Setting the course – the support boat skipper sets the course and swimmers and paddlers are to follow the support boat.
Efficient navigation – be prepared, plan and chart the course prior to event day. Please watch the briefing video for tips and tricks on the best way to do this.
Event day procedures – confirm your race number and the start time of your wave; discuss identification issues – i.e. how the swimmer will find the paddler, and the paddler finding the support boat; food and fluid that will be on board the support boat.
Allocate a Spotter – before event day, determine who will be the spotter on board who will assist the skipper in conducting safe swimmer changeovers. A second spotter (interchangeable) should also be allocated to maintain visual contact of your swimmer and other swimmers in close proximity to the support boat, as the skipper may not be able to see them from the helm.
First time skippers – travelling almost 20km at swimming pace is probably not something you have done before. Low speed boat handling, in wind and choppy waters, is a skill requiring practice. When you take your boat out this weekend, spend some time on your boat-handling – you will find your job much easier on event day.