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Open Water Swim Registration Open - Charke Swim

Hi Everyone,

The Open Water Swim Class and Private Lessons are now available for registration. We will be at Departure Bay Beach starting on July 21st and lessons are launched until the end of August. If they fill, I have a plan to add a few more!
The ocean is a little bit more dangerous than a nice headed resort, so there are some safety requirements. These apply to the Open Water Swim Class. For private lessons, they only apply if we go out into the water.
SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
- You MUST have a Swim Bouy. (You can get these online at Amazon, for example, and the swim shop at Nanaimo Aquatic Center also sells them. It is a floatation device that attaches to you for safety. You may rent one from Charke Swim for 5$/day.)

- You MUST have a whistle. (I have whistles you can loan for free.) - You MUST have a brightly colored swim cap, goggles or other device on your head so boats can see you.

- You MUST stay reasonably close to the group. You may, at any time, head for the shore. One of the instructors will follow you in, unless you wave us off, to ensure safety. You may rejoin the class later.

SAFETY RECOMENDATIONS
It is highly recomended that you have a wetsuit. (I'm using a 2/3mm wet suit, 2mm arms/legs and 3mm chest and it seems warm enough. I find my hands and feet get cold after 30 minutes so consider gloves and boots.)

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