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Duty of care

From Openwaterpedia

noun - Duty of care is a concept and obligation to place the safety of an open water swimmer, escort crew including kayakers, paddlers, and pace swimmers above all other goals of an open water swim including the desire by the swimmer to finish the swim or to fulfill any pre-swim requirements such as a mandatory assessment swim.

Tort Law[edit]

In tort law, a duty of care is a legal obligation which is imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeably harm others.


The duty of care among the English Channel governing bodies dictates that a swimmer must complete a 6-hour assessment swim prior to attempting a Channel swim.

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