Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Next Step

This past week, I haven't done anymore research, but have begun to write up a description of the fundraiser and how I want it to be be run/turn out with the help of my mentor, my dad.  We are planning on presenting it to my swim coach, who we hope can be a great help.  He has a great swimming background and has even participated in some open water swims in Lake St. Clair.  I know that he is very knowledgeable when it comes to open water swims and safety, so I'm very excited to present my idea to him.  I'm hoping he can persuade his other swimmers to participate and he can prepare us accordingly.  Planning the entire event is going to be a tough task, but I keep forgetting that completing the actual swim is going to be tough, too!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Open Water Swimming Safety

This week, I've been focusing my research on one aspect of my project that is vital, safety.  Much of what I've found is common sense: "never swim alone", "keep an eye on weather conditions", "stay out of the path of boats".  All of these safety precautions will be incorporated into the open water swim, including one extra that would help in the case of an emergency.  I believe it is very important that there are eyes on all the swimmers throughout the entire swim, whether it be trailing in a kayak or boat, depending on the number of participants.  Making sure all of these safety precautions are made is going to be an essential part of this project.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Project Description

For my 20 Time project, I am going to raise money for a charity that I have not yet decided on.  In order to do so, I am going to organize a Lake St. Clair distance swimming event in which donations will be collected.  I have not yet determined the distance, but I want it to be more than just a couple of miles.  I am planning on making the route pier to pier rather than across the lake to Canada.  Depending on my success, the fundraiser might be be open to all for registration, otherwise, a couple of swimming buddies of mine and I will be the only participants.  I will have to research the safety measures that will have to be made, and come up with a plan in terms of the start and finish locations.  If the event does not gain popularity and it ends up just being myself and a few friends, which is no big deal, I think it is very possible to raise over $2,000.  However, if it is possible to gain the attention  of others and create a registration process for whomever wishes to participate, I think the fundraiser could really take off.  Sponsors could be reached out to and merchandise could even be made for sale.  If my project is a huge success and the event is very popular, I think donations could reach a total of $10,000 minimum.  In the end, my goal is to donate any amount of money to the charity of my choice.  Whether it be myself and a few others, or a large group of registered participants, if an open water swim is organized, I will consider myself a success.