Safety Rules and Proceedures
Save The Bay Kayak Safety Squad
The Save The Bay Safety Squad is a group of trained and experienced kayakers who volunteer for Save The Bay and work as a team on the day of the Swim. Members of the Safety Squad are not responsible for accompanying one individual swimmer. This group acts as an additional safety layer around swimmers and kayakers to watch for those who may need assistance and serve as extra eyes on the water.
They can be identified by their safety orange shirts and mesh vests. Safety Squad Volunteer kayakers that are not paired up with a swimmer will receive an orange mesh vest without a number, and burgee to wear on the water.
Safety Squad Qualifications
If you are interested in being a member of the Safety Squad you must be a very experienced and seasoned kayaker and provide your own kayak and safety equipment (flotation, etc.). You will be required to attend an information session with Save The Bay Captains before the Swim.
Join The Safety Squad
If you are interested in becoming part of the Safety Squad, please contact Leanne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-272-3540, ext. 140.
Mandatory Safety Squad Meeting
All Safety Squad members are required to attend one of the following trainings
Thursday, July 13
Exploration Center & Aquarium
175 Memorial Blvd, Newport
Thursday, July 20
The Bay Center
100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence
SWIM DAY SAFETY INFORMATION
The Safety Briefing (5:50 a.m. to 6:05 a.m.)
This is MANDATORY for all swimmers and their kayakers. Participants will be made aware of emergency procedures and the safety regulations will be reviewed. For your safety, Coast Guard boats and other official safety boats will surround the course. The Kayak Safety Squad (in bright orange) will escort the field of swimmers across the Bay. They have extra life jackets and will watch for swimmers in distress. However, once you are in the water, use your best judgment. You are responsible for yourself. Swimmers have two hours to complete the Swim.
If your swimmer is in distress, they are instructed to turn onto their back and wave. They should NOT attempt to swim back to shore. They should signal for help and a kayaker will come to them. If they become separated from you, they are told to stay on course and wave if they need help so the Safety Squad can locate them.
Emergency in the water
IF THERE IS AN EMERGENCY IN THE WATER, the Coast Guard will communicate with our safety team and with you. Please pay attention to all official safety boats. If there is an emergency, you must cooperate with the on-the-water safety squad.
You should be aware that lion’s mane jellyfish occur in Narragansett Bay at this time of year. Following are some preventative measures we recommend, particularly if you have a known sensitivity to jellyfish stings:
• Wear a wetsuit.
• Wear goggles.
• Wear booties and gloves to cover as much of your body as possible.
Should you be stung by a jellyfish, DO NOT flush the infected area with fresh water, as this will add to the irritation, and DO NOT rub the infected area. Medical assistance will be present at the Jamestown finish area for those in need.
For your safety, Coast Guard boats and other official safety boats will surround the course. Safety kayakers will escort the field of swimmers across the Bay. They have extra life jackets and will watch for swimmers in distress. However, once you are in the water, use your best judgment. You are responsible for yourself.
You will have two hours to complete the Swim. Swimmers: if you are in distress, turn onto your back and wave. DO NOT attempt to swim back to shore. Signal for help and a kayaker will come to you. If you become separated from your kayaker, stay on course and wave if you need help.