A Chip Off The Open Water Swimming Block

A Chip Off The Open Water Swimming Block

Chip Carrigan, one of America’s most passionate promoters of open water swimming, is organizing three different age-group open water swimming championships on June 29th: the Ohio Open Water Swimming Championships, the Kentucky Open Water Swimming Championships and the West Virginia Open Water Swimming Championships.

Chip’s eye for promotion, safety and an enjoyable competition is why is he so respected among his peers. A quiet, efficient, professional organizer, he works tirelessly for the good of the sport and support of the athletes.

We are committed to disclosing as much information online as desirable: the expected air and water temperatures, water qualitz, mandatorz maximum and minimum water and air temperatures allowed, the mandatory conditions for cancellation and postponement, the course layout and our safety personnel both onshore and in the water – certified lifeguards and the Sierra Club Certified Water Rescue Kayakers with communications. We will have emergency medical technicians on site as well as ambulances and registered nurses at the finish evaluating each finisher and anyone whom abandons the race early.”

There are no blinds spots on course. That is, no swimmer will ever be, in any part of the course, that is not being constantly monitored by our safety personnel.”

These actions are examples what USA Swimming is looking for in its sanctioned open water races.

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