What is a Buddy?
A Buddy is a non-swimming adult, (over 25 yrs old) who oversees the swimmer, counts lengths, takes care of the swimmer’s physical, psychological and emotional health whilst they swim and rest.
They can help with food, having a towel and warm clothing ready, and generally be a “buddy” to a swimmer.
It is the Buddy’s and swimmer’s responsibility to know and look out for signs of fatigue, hypothermia and exhaustion.
The swimmer must adhere to the Buddy’s decision should the Buddy feel withdrawal from the event is advisable on health grounds.
An organizer may also intervene for safety reasons, if it is felt that participants are not recognizing the signs of hypothermia.
Do I have to have one?
Yes- all swimmers must have a Buddy or Buddies who is/are not swimming. No exceptions regardless of swimming ability. Teams also need Buddies. More than one is more fun and less arduous- it is tough being one- especially if it rains or is cold.
Why do you need to know a Buddy’s name and mobile number?
Safety reasons; Just in the exceptional instance that medical help outside the complex is sought, an organizer may wish to get in touch with someone who is with a participant.