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    Etiquette re: kayakers

    I am doing the Lido Key swim this weekend, and it's the first time I'll have a dedicated kayaker. The kayaker is someone arranged by the race director, not someone I know. What is the etiquette here? Should I offer compensation or tip? Anything else I should know?

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    Re: Etiquette re: kayakers

    I suggest compensating/tipping your kayaker. My rule of thumb is under 2 hours $100, 2-5 hours $150-200. Over 5 hours $200 minimum.

    Other suggestions... search the forum there are lots of tips on working with a kayak escort craft. The 2 biggest things to workout are feedings and navigation.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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    Re: Etiquette re: kayakers

    [QUOTE=Rob Copeland;326426]I suggest compensating/tipping your kayaker. My rule of thumb is under 2 hours $100, 2-5 hours $150-200. Over 5 hours $200 minimum.

    Wow, that's really generous, I'll kayak for you anytime!

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    Re: Etiquette re: kayakers

    If you paid extra in the registration for a kayaker, then you have already paid them something.
    I always buy my kayaker an event shirt and pay for their pre or post event meal.

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    Re: Etiquette re: kayakers

    Thanks, all. I think I'll get a $100 amazon gift card, plus pick up any costs connected to pre- and post-gatherings. That seems like a good compromise. Thanks for the advice!

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