Swim support will be offered for Swim for Kids.
Swim support is intended to attract and accommodate swimmers who would like to swim in the event but, for reasons ranging from disabilities, to medical conditions, to even fear of swimming alone, would not otherwise be able to participate.
Swim support offers an experienced swimmer to swim alongside a participant to provide an extra measure of confidence and safety needed for them to participate. These would be participants who, for whatever reason, are physically able to complete the race but could (or would) not do it (safely) without having a support person present. If required during the race, the support person will provide reassurance and encouragement to the participant in order to help them avoid anxiety and be able to finish the race. If the participant needs to be pulled from the race, swim support personnel will provide immediate assistance until a nearby kayak/boat arrives. All swim support personnel are experienced lifeguards or strong swimmers with open water experience who receive specialized training prior to the event.
If you feel that you need support in order to participate in and finish the swim safely, please choose that option when completing the registration. You will be contacted by Vicki Keith, who will discuss your specific needs in order to pair you with the most appropriate swim support.
Please note that swim support is offered specifically for the 1.5 km race. Participants requesting support for the 3 km race will be considered on a case by case basis. Although we will endeavour to provide support staff personnel for each request, numbers are limited.