What do I need to know to be a proper support kayak to a long distance swimmer?
July 6, 2012 11:32 AM Subscribe
What do I need to know to be a proper support boat to a long distance swimmer?
posted by garlic to sports, hobbies, & recreation (5 answers total)
My brother is participating in the swim for freedom event (http://www.swim4freedom.org/pdf/SwimLakeGenevaFundRaiser.pdf) on August 5th up at Lake Geneva, and he's asked me to be his support boat -- paddling the course with him guiding him, and preventing other water traffic from hitting him. My game plan is to use my kayak to do so. While I have plenty of experience in my kayak in these sorts of water conditions, I haven't been a support boat before. Is there anything particular I should know? How much do we need to practice together prior to the event so things go smoothly? Since it's presumed that he may be done before the 8 mile swim is over, do I need a boat that we can pull him into, or just a lifejacket and a rope to tie him to my kayak?