We take safety very seriously. It is our #1, #2, and #3 goal for the event. On the day of the event, there is a chain of command that all participants and volunteers must obey. That chain of command is as follows:
- Captain(s) in Charge/Safety Officer
- Event Director/Core Kayaker Team
- Boat Operators
- Family & friends of participants
Swimmers MUST OBEY everyone else in the chain of command. All other people in the chain of command are in a more senior position than a swimmer and all people can remove you from the water for safety reasons. This is imperative to the success of a safely run event.
If anything goes wrong (weather worsens, waves pick up, someone gets sick), then swimmers understand and agree that it is not their call on whether they continue swimming or not. If a kayaker is not comfortable with making the decision to pull their swimmer from the event, they should not consider being a support kayaker.