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    Participating Member wade's Avatar
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    Question swimming with waterskiers

    I recently moved to a lake in central minnesota. The lake is very weedy along the shore; for nice water I must swim closer to the middle. However, this lake is also home to a waterski camp and several avid skiing familys. Throw in some fishermen and pleasure boats, and you can imagine my delima. My first swim was a nerve-racking expirence. I was too busy concentrating on a 16 year old driving a ski boat with one hand, and a camcorder in the other to enjoy the swim at all. Several times I observed ski boats heading in my direction, then veering off at the last possible seccond. I am determined to swim the lake, but not without peace of mind. My question is this: Is there some type of equipment that would make me more noticable to boaters? I've tried pulling various floats. They either cause to much resistance or the rope chaffes my skin. Can anyone help? Thanks-Wade

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    When I lake swim in Michigan, a kayak accompanies me. Then we switch off.

    If you can find a buoy that is big enough and floats enough, try to attach it to a leather belt through one of the loops. That way only the belt will touch you.

    There's always vertical kicking!

    Swim fast,
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    Wade,

    Got the same problem out here from time to time in the local bays. Long Island also has its share of jet skiers who fly by at sixty miles per hour oblivious to most everything. Some of the triathletes around here stay within a safe distance of the lifeguarded areas where watercrafts are prohibited.

    Have you thought of wearing a neon colored cap? Neon colors on the wetsuit can help too. Even hand paddles that would make you more visible with an occasional backstroke could help. Better to be a fashion victim than to be run down by a boat.

    Greg's suggestion of a kayak escort sound like the safest bet if it gets really busy out there.

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    Thanks for the feedback. I didn't find a kayak, but I did find a old lifeguard buoy. With a variation of Greg's belt idea it is working great. thanks agin.-Wade

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