At the USA Swimming national open water swimming championships, several competitors used customized feeding sticks (also referred to as feeding poles). The various types are shown on the left (USA Swimming feeding sticks) and below.
Feeding stick, held by Liz Stephenson, used by Henry Stephenson of Florida.
Feeding stick used by Vincent Donnelly that has a hook to hang a flag or shirt to draw his attention. Mio Vasic fed Vincent at the national championships.
Information on how open water swimming coaches use these feeding sticks can be found here (Two Seconds of Olympic Pressure).
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