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Racine MultiSports is offering the opportunity to begin practice swims at Fort Ritchie while adhering strictly to COVID-19 guidelines from Governor Hogan. Current restrictions with Phase 2, as of June 12, 2020, removes the gathering limit but social distancing and wearing face masks still apply. Given this change we are increasing our capacity but will have the same rules and process in place. Please see details below.
It is critical that you come to these practice swims fully prepared and knowledgeable of the plan below. With the COVID-19 restrictions, this is not our normal process, so do not assume you know the routine! Your failure to read the plan, not follow the rules and/or not being prepared could result in you being prohibited from participating, losing of your entry fee, and/or shutting down our swims. This plan requires everyone to do their part!
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we ask that you do not participant if you are not feeling well or have a fever.
All registration must be done online prior to the swim date, no exceptions. A limited number of entries will be allowed for each practice date and sessions on each day. Registration will close once all spots sell out for a session and date. If a date is not sold out, the cutoff for registration will be 6pm the evening before each swim.
No refunds or transfers allowed. All sales are final.
Fort Ritchie is private property and Racine MultiSports has exclusive rights to use the lake for these swims. Swimming is otherwise prohibited in Lake Royer outside of our organized practice swims.
These swims are “at your own risk”. We do not provide lifeguards or emergency medical support during these practice swims. You must use your own judgement on what you can handle with respect to water conditions and your ability to swim in open water.
We invite new open water swimmers to practice with us. We require that you are comfortable swimming laps in a pool before trying open water swimming. Keep in mind we do not have lifeguards at our practice swims. We will require new open water swimmers to wear a flotation device (New Wave Swim Buoy) so that we can see you. It will also give you flotation to hang on to any time you might need it. The buoy does not alter your swimming but floats behind you providing visibility and safety. The lake has a shallow section that you can practice in before heading out to deeper water. We thank our friends at New Wave Swim Buoy for providing us with the New Wave Swim Buoys.