Catalina Channel Swimming Federation Safety Measures

Catalina Channel Swimming Federation Safety Measures

The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation announced new safety measures.

Paul Selby explained, “We encourage every swimmer, kayaker, and supporter to visit the page and become acquainted with them. We feel it’s important — for everyone’s safety — to make a few significant changes to the rules.”


• The age limit for support crew on any swim is now 14 years old. Swimmers with young family members will need to make arrangements so that children under 14 can cheer from the shore.
• A companion swimmer is allowed in the water for a total of 3 hours in 1-hour increments. Under these restrictions, the maximum time of a pace swim is 60 minutes. Further, that particular pace swimmer may join the swimmer for a total of 3 hours. The swimmer can opt for multiple pacers which could extend, if staggered properly, for the entire channel crossing.
• The application packets including medical certificate, payment of fees, membership dues, signed waiver forms, swim summary, and ‘plan your swim’ is due at least 60 days before the scheduled swim date. Incomplete applications will not processed.

The organization also announced its Safety Training Sessions on May 1st and 7th covering CPR and First Aid. International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee John York, who is recovering nicely from his open heart surgery, will host one in Los Angeles on Saturday May 7th. International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee Carol Sing hosts the San Diego safety event on Sunday May 1st.

In July, International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee David Clark will conduct on-the-water paddle escort classes specifically designed for marathon.

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