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Turn buoy on the Big Shoulders course in Lake Michigan

noun - Can is a distinctively marked colored float or turn buoy in the open water, anchored to mark the course for swimmers. The term is used in Australia, whereas the term turn buoy is used in the United States. Cans are directional in nature and must be passed on a specific side of the body as the race instructions dictate.

There are four cans throughout the race course that the swimmers must go around to finish.


Turns, turn buoys, guide, marker, beacon, signal, buoy, float

Types of Cans

  • Triangular Pyramid buoy
  • Cylindrical buoy (used either vertically or horizontally) buoy
  • Sausage or Banana buoy
  • Spherical buoy
  • Salmon Egg buoy
  • Custom-ordered buoys of a specific dimension and shape

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