Swimmers may opt to swim a staged-unassisted swim. Should they do this, an observer will be present to record their swim and they will be required to follow the rules below.
1.Swimmers will enter the water from dry land under their own power.
2. Swimmers will wear a swim suit, a silicone or latex swim cap and goggles; nothing more. The swim suit will not offer thermal protection or buoyancy and shall be sleeveless and legless: ‘sleeveless’ shall mean the swim suit will not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm; ‘legless’ shall mean the swim suit will not extend onto the upper leg below the level of the crotch.
3. Swimmers may attach safety lights to the back of their head in the event of fog and during darkness .
4. Swimmers will be escorted by support kayakers, canoeists and a motorized boats throughout the swim. Swimmers will not draft off any support vessel (behind or on bow wake).
5. Swimmers will not intentionally touch the boat, a person or any device that may assist us with floating or moving forward. They will touch the bottom of the sea at the start and finish only.
6. The support team will hand the swimmers requested food items in a manner that does not aid in resting or forward progress.
7. No person may purposely touch the swimmers for the entire swim.
8. There will be an observers who understand the rules of the swim. They will maintain a swim log throughout the swim. This will include GPS data points.
9. The observer log will be available soon after the swim is complete.
10. Support swimmers may jump in the water at various times; they will not swim within a meter of the swimmers in order to prevent drafting.
11. At the end of the swim the swimmers will exit the water under their own power and shall pass the water line.
13. The official time of the swim shall stop upon fully clearing the water.
Both Orcas and Humpbacks frequent the waters of the chosen route. Should they be sighted during the swim the swimmer may be removed from the water temporarily re-entering the water from the same spot once the whales have passed. WILD LIFE WILL NOT BE DISTURBED OR HARMED. The swim will still qualify as unassisted provided the swimmer re-enters the water where they exited.
The waters of the Inside Passage are expected to be between 10C and 14C. Should the water be too cold a wetsuit may be worn. Should they do this it will be recorded in the swim log and the swim will not longer be considered unassisted.