noun - A type of solo swim, relay or race conducted over two or more consecutive days where the distance of the individual stages can vary on each day. The start of the subsequent day's swim is not necessary near the previous day's swim finish, primarily due to tides, currents or distance covered during the rest time. In a standard Stage swim
, the start point of each stage is at or near the same point as the finish of the previous day's swim. The overall final time is the culmination of the swimming times of the individual stages. The overall final distance is the straight-line tangent distance is measured from the starting point to the finish point in statute miles, nautical miles or kilometers. The cumulative swim time (i.e., total time spent in the water) is different from the cumulative time (time from the start to the finish inclusive of rest time between stages). The finish on the final day can be at the same location or at a different location than the start on the first day.
The continuous stage swim from Japan to California was conducted over five months.
Types of Stage Swims
A Continuous stage swim is different from a traditional Stage swim. In a traditional stage swim, the swimmer begins the swim on each day at the exact point where the swim on the previous day was finished. In a Continuous stage swim, the swimmer is allowed to float with the currents and tides and begins the swim on each day at whatever point the swimmer wishes.
The swim can be Assisted or Unassisted. If Assisted, the swimmer can wear or benefit from a wetsuit, protective swimwear, technical swimsuit, fins, paddles, wetsuit, shark cage or protective jellyfish cage. If Unassisted, the swimmer wears only traditional swimwear (as defined by the English Channel swimming community), goggles, ear plugs and one swim cap. In either Assisted or Unassisted swims, the stage swimmer can swim together with a pace swimmer.
Staged swim, Stage swim, Staged race, Staged relay, Adventure swimming, Continuous staged swim, boat assisted