Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Catalina Channel Swimming Season

The Catalina Channel swimming season's early-entry deadline is May 1st. Solo swimmers and relays can enjoy a discount sanction fee by filing their forms by the deadline; however, the necessary paperwork can be filed at any time as long as it is 45 days in advance of the attempt.

Catalina Channel Swimming Federation's 2009 observer orientation and CPR training is scheduled for May 17th. This one-day event is both a refresher course for Catalina Channel Swimming Federation official observers and an introduction for those interested in becoming one. Every Catalina Channel observer must be CPR-certified. Here is an opportunity to update your life-saving skills.

Carol Sing, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee, will host the seminar and lunch at her San Diego-area home.

Additionally, swimmers and their support crew can join the La Jolla Cove Swim Club's free escort paddlers classes. These on-the-water training sessions are held June 13th and July 11th under the leadership of another International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame inductee David Clark. David teaches the best techniques to escort long distance ocean swims including the essentials of safety, open water navigation and feeding marathon swimmers.

Photo of Tina Neill on her record-breaking double-crossing of the Catalina Channel by Peter Hixson.

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