Neil van der Byl

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Neil van der Byl is new to USMS swimming and recently started swimming relatively short open water swims like the Del Mar 1 mile Powerhouse swim. As an active observer for the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association (SBCSA) and Catalina Channel Swimming Federation with the help of Grace van der Byl created a database for the support crew of Catalina Channel swimmers. Neil is an active support coordinator for open water swims and trains new paddlers in safety and feeding techniques (including night swimming) - many of these techniques were adopted from the teachings of a channel swimming support mentor David Clark who pioneered kayaking for Catalina Channel crossings and offers annual support clinics.
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When supporting several accomplished open water swimmers in different types of races, channel crossings, and long distance training swims (his favorite being Grace van der Byl), Neil uses various Hobie (pedaling) kayaks and navigation / feeding equipment suited for both day-time and night-time swims ... some of which are sometimes in pretty rough conditions. Neil is one of the few support paddlers that can complete whole Channel crossings non-stop (some of which last up to 14+ hours).

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Long Beach Swim Focus Catalina Relay (1st Catalina crossing under 7 hours)

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Liz Schlicher

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Walter Bean Scott

Patty Maysent

(Are we there yet? Successful Catalina Channel Relay - including kids as young as 14)


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