Would a Kelp Nap be Channel Legal?

AquaRobAquaRob Charter Member
edited June 2012 in General Discussion
Right now with various people attempting ridiculously long swims you kind of have to wonder how one manages to stay awake through the duration. I know ultra distance terrestrial athletes take mini naps in really really long events, unfortunately for swimmers that's liable to kill you... BUT... say you did a hypothetical ultradistance swim through an area with kelp patches in it, would it be legal to sea otter up and take a nap in the kelp? This assumes that you could maintain your body temperature and keep your face above the water without, you know, drowning. I'm not sure so many people out there could even physically accomplish this, but if they could would it be legal since they're still immersed and just tangled in naturally occurring ocean plants?
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  • IronMikeIronMike Bishkek, KyrgyzstanCharter Member
    This is hilarious. Especially the tag you chose.
  • ForeverSwimForeverSwim Charter Member
    I encountered a railroad tie floating down the Harlem River over the weekend - perhaps I could have sea otter'd up on that bad boy as well? :)
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  • slowmoslowmo Member
    The coast guard would fly over with the radio traffic of...we have a floater. I'm thinking I don't want to wake up to a pole being hooked onto my suit as I'm dragged over to a boat.
  • WaterGirlWaterGirl Charter Member
    I could absolutely sleep in saltwater. It would have to be warm water in bright sunlight, though. Until I read this thread, I assumed people actually did that. If I mention this in front of my husband, he gets very upset. Starts pacing around and saying no, no, no, that's a terrible idea. You would think I had suggested investing all our money in one of those Nigerian schemes.

    The only worry would be drifting away--I guess the kelp would solve that. I think it should be legal to tether yourself to kelp or to a boat anchor so you can sleep safely (since your kayaker isn't allowed to touch you).
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited June 2012
    WaterGirl said:

    The only worry would be drifting away--I guess the kelp would solve that. I think it should be legal to tether yourself to kelp or to a boat anchor so you can sleep safely.

    Tether yourself to kelp or other things would be illegal.

    The Channel rules state:
    No swimmer in a standard attempt to swim the Channel shall be permitted to use or wear any device or swimsuit that may aid his/her speed, buoyancy, heat retention or endurance (such as wetsuit, webbed gloves, paddles, fins, etc).

    Tethering can be then interpreted as using a buoyancy device.

    On the other hand if you swim into the kelp and just stay there on your back WITHOUT tethering yourself, it wouldn't be your fault if you're floating. :-)
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  • How would a tether, with an anchor designed to sink into the surface on the bottom, possibly be construed as a buoyancy device?
  • AquaRobAquaRob Charter Member
    edited June 2012
    I did a mini test yesterday while exploring some kelp beds... I think it's totally doable... I need a spotter though to try really relaxing into it, didn't want to freak anyone out by just dead man floating out there for too long!
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  • heartheart Member
    Anyone doing the La Jolla Rough Water Swim finds him/herself treading kelp for a good chunk of the distance. One could easily nap on those!
  • NiekNiek Heiloo, NetherlandsMember
    edited June 2012
    timsroot said:

    How would a tether, with an anchor designed to sink into the surface on the bottom, possibly be construed as a buoyancy device?

    You're actively using the kelp if you hold yourself to it or manipulate the kelp and yourself to stay in one place with an anchor. The rules state that using any device in aid is forbidden.
    You can push it away if it's in the way of your swim or you can do nothing and just stop in the kelp on your back. In my eyes that isn't actively using it. You can't help if it's floating in the way. :-)
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