With an anticipated 300+ swimmers crossing the lake, we need many boaters! If you know people who have a canoe, kayak, or powerboat and would like to support swimmers on August 11, please invite them to learn more and register as a Boater.
Boaters for Women Swimmin' play a vital role in supporting all the swimmers, and are an integral part of our overall safety plan. As such, Boaters should have experience in open water and be comfortable in choppy and/or windy conditions. This event is NOT for individuals who are beginner kayakers or canoeists. Inexperienced boaters can compromise the safety of both swimmers and other Boaters.
Escort boaters are assigned to escort a group (pod) of swimmers as they make their way across the Lake. Your job is to guide the swimmers, keep them on course toward the Ithaca Yacht Club and keep an eye on each one to watch for signs of fatigue, hypothermia or other signs of distress. If a swimmer needs to rest for a moment, she can hold onto the front (never the side or stern) of your kayak or canoe to rest in place until she can resume her swim. If there's a specific swimmer or group of swimmers you'd like to escort, you can indicate that on the registration form.
Boater Registration opened on April 15, 2018 and continues until August 4. Escort Boaters and Kayak Safety Team (KST) are encouraged to register online through this site. Just click one of the registration buttons on our Home Page to get started!
Power Boaters: If you are registering as a Power Boater or Jet Skier, please email email@example.com and we'll send you a special link to register.
Here's some information on the registration process:
As a Boater for Women Swimmin' for Hospicare, you agree to:
Kayak Safety Team.
Experienced kayakers may volunteer to be on the Kayak Safety Team (KST). Paddlers who have had safety training (capsize recovery and boat re-entries), or who would like to learn these skills, AND who have a kayak with airtight flotation compartments fore and aft are invited to join this team. Optional KST training sessions will be held the first four Mondays in July (July 2, 9, 16, and 23), A mandatory session for all KST members will be held on Monday July 30.
Mandatory Boater Meetings
Attendance at these meetings is required by Hospicare's insurance carrier in order for you to participate in the event.
Power Boaters and Jet Skis:
Thursday, August 9, 7:00 PM at the Ithaca Yacht Club
Friday, August 10, 6:30 PM at Boynton Middle School
Optional (but encouraged!) Escort Boater Clinic
Monday, August 6, 6:00 PM at the Ithaca Yacht Club
Whether it's your first time boatin' for Women Swimmin' or your fifteenth you can benefit from the Escort Boater Clinic. This clinic is voluntary but recommended. Its purpose is to improve your boatin' skills and better prepare you to escort and assist swimmers during the event.