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From: Gerry Rodrigues <coach...@yahoo.com>
Date: October 27, 2010 1:30:06 PM CDT
To: Keith Bell <kb...@austin.rr.com>
Subject: Re: Maximum Allowable Water Temperature

agreed, that's ideal. Let's just get this current tragic issue fixed. Hola to sandy!
 
Gerry Rodrigues
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From: Keith Bell <kb...@austin.rr.com>
To: Gerry Rodrigues <coach...@yahoo.com>
Sent: Wed, October 27, 2010 11:27:24 AM
Subject: Re: Maximum Allowable Water Temperature

Gerry,

Nice to hear from you as well.  

Good point about the Caribbean, Hawaii, etc.  I actually thought about 81 or 82.  And, of course, it makes a great deal of difference as to what one is acclimated.

I do think, however, a high-caliber, International competition would be best held in 78 or cooler.

Keith


On Oct 27, 2010, at 1:19 PM, Gerry Rodrigues wrote:

Keith,
 
Always great to hear from you.
 
The 78 temp I'd have to disagree with, otherwise we'd never have an open water race in the islands of the Caribbean, Hawaii, etc. How do their athletes train and prepare then? Being from a Caribbean island with arich history in open water, I'd have to disagree with with that point of yours, agree on some others and totally disagree on drafting. But all different views make-up the world......
 
Hope your swimming is good.
 
g
 
Gerry Rodrigues
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From: Keith Bell <kb...@austin.rr.com>
To: openwater-r...@googlegroups.com
Cc: Sandy Neilson-Bell <sne...@austin.rr.com>
Sent: Wed, October 27, 2010 10:53:45 AM
Subject: Re: Maximum Allowable Water Temperature

Stephen,

We are angered and appalled by the conditions in which the race was conducted that lead to Fran Crippen's death and the hospitalization of three other swimmers.

We do not run any races in the summer here because the water is too hot.  It's too dangerous, let alone not conducive to optimal performance.

We would never have even considered running or sanctioning a 10,000 in a body of water that had a historic water temperature that hot.

We would like to see the maximum water temperature for a 10k or longer to be set at 78 degrees or even cooler.

We also do not allow contact or drafting at all in our races.  I have been greatly concerned all along with Fina's practice of feeding stations where contact is permitted.  Competitively, it is wise to cut opponents off, not allowing them to get to their drinks.  This is extremely dangerous and, I have believed all along, could lead to swimmers' deaths in warm, let alone hot, water.

I expressed great concern about the safety of swimmers in the 2008 Olympics in that 86 degree course and with rules that interfere with hydration.

This tragedy should never have happened.  We should never let this happen again.

Keith

Dr. Keith Bell, President
American Swimming Association
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On Oct 27, 2010, at 12:20 PM, Munatones wrote:

> With the tragedy of Fran Crippen's death, the issue of adding a rule
> about the maximum allowable water temperature has been raised.  We
> have a very specific water temperature number that we recommended
> earlier this year, but what does the Global Open Water Swimming
> Community think this number should be?
> 
> Should the maximum allowable water temperature be different for elite
> swimmers and age-group swimmers and adult fitness swimmers?
> 
> Is water temperature the only parameter that should be considered?
> What about air temperature, humidity and the lack of cloud cover?
> What about the distance of the race?
> 
> Finally, are there any races around the world where there is a maximum
> allowable water temperature?  We asked this question to the U.S.
> Masters Swimming community earlier this year, but there are been very
> few responses.
> 
> Thank you very much for your input, advice and information.
> 
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