Going around Buoys in Open Water Races

If you are an open water competitor or triathlete please read this post about swimming around buoys during races.

All of us who compete in open water know how the crowd will tighten up around the turn buoys. As we swim the course people naturally spread out, but as the group approaches the turn everyone moves in to get closer, crowding together. You all know what I’m talking about.

So, I am going to ask you all to remember a rule of racing etiquette. No sudden breaststroke kicks. A sudden change to breaststroke kick to get around the buoy makes a dramatic change in the area you are taking up in the newly formed crowd. One moment you are using a two-and-a-half-foot wide space and the next you are kick is four feet or wider and moving in a different pattern then just one second before. With everyone trying to find a space to be you probably just kicked someone.

Please do note I said “sudden change” if you were doing breaststroke kick the entire time the swimmers approaching from either side who are back by your legs should have selected their spot based on the space available and if they get kicked it is their own fault not yours.

Heeding this etiquette will make racing more fun and less competitive for everyone.

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