How many people can I have on my boat?
Our boats are large but can quickly become small when packed with swim gear, feeds, and bags for support crew. Add in a kayaker and we've got quite a party!
The boat will have a Captain and first mate (who can also crew for the swimmer), and Observer. We recommend no more than 1-2 support crew (optional).
Do I need a kayaker?
We find them unnecessary on Lake Tahoe for most solo and all relay swims, specifically on the True Width and Vikingsholm courses.
At least one kayak is required on a tandem swim and kayaks are optional for Length swims.
Kayaks rent for ~$40/hour and many shops around Tahoe will not rent overnight. We can provide a kayak and/or an experienced kayaker if needed for an additional fee with advanced notice.
Where can I find a kayak or kayaker?
We can provide a kayak and/or an experienced kayaker if needed for an additional fee with advanced notice. We also have access to a network of experienced Lake Tahoe kayakers for hire.
Kayaks rent for ~$40/hour and some shops around Tahoe will not rent overnight. Swimmers are responsible for delivery and return of kayak rentals.
How can I get a support crew?
It can be expensive and challenging to have support people travel with you. We have experienced swim crew available at reasonable rates to take care of your feeds and needs.
In 2018 we had a number of swimmers arrive alone and have all of their marathon swims needs met by our experienced crew. In fact, some have asked us to travel to their next swim!
Can the Observer be my crew?
The Observer is present to observe and log the swim and to ensure that all rules are followed. They are not there to act as support crew.
Please contact the Lake Tahoe Open Water Swimming Association with questions regarding swim rules, observation, recording, and ratification.