Support crew

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A channel swimmer escorted by a support crew, a pace swimmer, and John Pittman on the Outrider in the Catalina Channel
Brenton Williams (swimming butterfly), Kendal Wright and Kyle Harris swimming an unprecedented 8 km around the Cape St Francis Lighhouse and Shark Point on the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa with the assistance of a surf ski, escort boat, support crew, and kayaker
noun - Support crew is a group of individuals who provide support for a channel swimmer on a channel crossing or for a marathon swimmer or relay on a non-stop swim in an open body of water or channel. The support crew can consist of a pilot, physician, coach, feeders, trainer, friends, family or fellow swimmers who help the swimmer by mixing and preparing his food and hydration, providing navigational instructions or a periodic stroke count, serving as a pace swimmer, cheering, applying lanolin or vaseline, and other duties required during the channel swim or marathon swim.

The support crew stayed up all night helping the swimmer cross the Catalina Channel.


crew, team, support team, escort crew, crew member, boat crew

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