What Is A Safety Briefing?

What Is A Safety Briefing?

A safety briefing is pre-race or pre-swim instruction given by a race director, safety personnel, an escort boat captain or an observer to open water swimmers or triathletes.

The safety briefing can be held before an open water swimming race or before a marathon swim or channel swim. It generally and specifically covers the water temperature, conditions, marine life, rules, expectations, and emergency procedures and protocols as necessary.

It is a verbal confirmation of what can go wrong and what to do in those situations among the swimmers, crew, staff, and volunteers.

Photo shows the safety briefing at the 15 km FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix race in Isla Cozumel given by FINA official José Luis Borrego González.

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