Pace swimming

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Pace swimmer helping a channel swimmer in the Catalina Channel escorted by Captain John Pittman aboard the Outrider
Blackie the Wonder Horse swimming across San Francisco Bay in 23 minutes pulling along Shorty in October 1938 alongside two pace swimmers

verb - Pace swimming is swimming alongside or near an open water swimmer, channel swimmer, or marathon swimmer to protect, pace or accompany a solo swimmer during a swim under any circumstances (during the day or night, or in calm or rough, cold or warm waters). Specific rules apply to the number, time and time of duration for pace swimming by some channel swimming associations and governing bodies.

Channel Swimming

Pace swimming is permitted only on solo swims in the English Channel by the Channel Swimming Association at the discretion of the pilot. Only one pace swimmer is allowed in the water at one time. Pace swimmer is not permitted to enter the water until the swim is at least 2 hours underway. Pace swimmers are permitted to swim for up to one hour only and can only re-enter the water until another hour has passed.

Pace swimming is permitted on solo swims in the Catalina Channel by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation if the swimmer so desires.


Pace swimming often seen during marathon swims across the Catalina Channel.


support swimming, escort swimming, pacing

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