From Openwaterpediaopen water swimmer, channel swimmer, or marathon swimmer to protect, pace or accompany a swimmer during a swim under any circumstances (during the day or night, or in calm or rough, cold or warm waters). Specific rules apply to the number, time and time of duration for pace swimmers by some channel swimming associations and governing bodies.
Pace swimmers are permitted only on solo swims in the English Channel by the Channel Swimming Association at the discretion of the pilot. Only one pacemaker is allowed in the water at one time. Pacemakers are not permitted to enter the water until the swim is at least 2 hours underway. Pacemakers are permitted to swim for up to one hour only and can only re-enter the water until another hour has passed.
Pace swimmers are often used during marathon swims across the Catalina Channel.
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