noun - A pirate swim is an open water swimming attempt or a completed open water swim by a rogue swimmer or a pirate swimmer. It also refers to an unauthorized or unofficial open water swim conducted without local government permits, licenses, insurance, lifeguard or Coast Guard support, law enforcement approval, or other permissions normally sought by open water swimming competitions.
Competitive pirate swimmers are open water swimmers who do not purposefully pay the requisite fees or adhere to the registration procedures, but participate in an open water swimming competition or an open water swimming charity event. Competitive rogue swimmers can also include individuals who use another swimmer's name or a false name to purposefully enter an open water swimming event or charity swim.
Channel pirate swimmers are open water swimmers who do not purposefully pay the requisite fees or adhere to the registration procedures, but attempt a marathon swim or a channel swim where there is a recognized governing body. Channel rogue swimmers also refers to an open water swimmer who purposefully preempts a publicly announced marathon swim or channel swim of an unprecedented course by another swimmer.
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