Eyes on the swimmers
noun - Eyes on the swimmers is a fundamental premise of providing safety in an open water swimming event. It requires trained and experienced lifeguards and safety officials to be positioned in, along and occasionally under the open water swimming course in water craft such as RIBs, escort boats, kayaks or paddle boards with sufficient communications tools such as radios or mobile telephones and knowledge of how to identify and evacuate a distressed swimmer in an open body of water.
Every race director provides 'eyes on the swimmers' during an open water swimming competition.
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