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Old 20 June 2010, 16:04   #1
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Help Needed :The Big Scottish Swim - Elie

Hi All,

I amm looking for Safety Boats & Kayakers to help to provide safety boat cover for the Sue Ryder Care - 1 mile open water swim @ ELie on the 7th August 2010. (30 - 60 Swimmers entered)

http://www.suerydercare.org/events.p..._scottish_swim

If anybody want to help out on the day please let me know, if we don't get enough safety cover they will need to restrict numbers.

thanks in advance

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Old 20 June 2010, 17:07   #2
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This isn't a million miles from me.

What do I need to have to be a safety boat (other than a boat before the smart ar$$e$ post ). Never done this before but I am willing to help out.
I "think" I am available for the 7th Aug.

I hold a BSAC Diver Cox Cert and the rib has the normal..radio, flares, oars, gps, first aid kit, chocolate etc.
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Old 20 June 2010, 17:28   #3
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RYA Level II or equalivant, so you sound ideal an you got experience of pick folk out of water..

I pm my contact details, if you want to contact me.

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Old 20 June 2010, 17:29   #4
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scott,

I could probably help (assuming Mrs P is available to take the kids) but I'm guessing that you won't be particularly desparate for safety boats - but actually need quite a lot of kayaks with some experience in rescue type work (lots of swimmers plus lots of props is not a good idea - and the open water swims I've seen in the past usually have kayaks very close to the action, and a few boats nearby but away from the risk area). I'm afraid I can't help there having neither the boat nor the skills.
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What do I need to have to be a safety boat (other than a boat before the smart ar$$e$ post ).
Dont worry .. they wouldnt there are machine gun nests in every corner of our members living rooms .. incase they get a valve clearance wrong or a sandwich filling mixed up
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yes - basic plan is - Kayakers/Yachts anchored outside along the course and safety boats inside the Triangle of race so if needed we can react to incidents, ie we don't need to cross swimmers.

I can borrow Kayaks from the watersports centre if needed....but I realyl want to have good cover in place incase we get multi incidents...

I am used to providing "Dinghy Cover" at regattas,

Kayakers are there for people to hold on temp till safety boat picks up, yachts have lifebouys that they can through till safety boat..arrives co-ordinate via vhf radios.

They was no incidents last year (30), but the organisers reckon double the entrants, so might be multi starts, but more entrants more chance of somebody not being prepared for the nice "warm" forth!

Ratios being quoted for cover range from 20:1 to 6:1 in open sea water, so 30 entrants at 6:1 is 5 rescue craft.....

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