Thursday, July 3, 2008

Catalina Channel Season

The 2008 Catalina Channel crossing season has begun.

The Catalina Channel Swimming Federation reported that more than a dozen solo swimmers are training for their summer attempts across the 21-mile (34K) channel off the coast of Southern California.

If individuals would like to become an official Catalina Channel crossing observer, the orientation and CPR training are scheduled for Sunday July 20th in Manhattan Beach, California. Please RSVP with Paula Selby at (619) 303-0423 or email

The La Jolla Cove Swim Club is hosting a free on-the-water escort paddler's training class on Saturday, July 19th. Please RSVP with David Clark at (858) 453-0648. David Clark will instruct kayakers and paddlers on the best techniques to escort marathon ocean swims like the Catalina Channel crossings. Participants will learn the essentials of safety, open water navigation, and quickly feeding marathon swimmers.

The 2008 Catalina Channel Swimming Federation banquet will be held on Saturday, November 1st in San Juan Capistrano to honor the 2008 crossers.

For more information on Catalina Channel crossings, contact (swimmers) or (kayakers and observers).

Photo from the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation archives.

Copyright © 2008 by World Open Water Swimming Association

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