The Lake Tahoe Open Water Swimming Association is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it relates to the upcoming Lake Tahoe marathon swim season.
The first swims of the season are set to begin in mid-July. Under normal circumstances, this would be ample time to prepare for a swim. However, the circumstances are anything but normal and the uncertainty makes it all the more difficult and frustrating. We understand many of you have had your training plans interrupted with the closure of pools and access to open water in addition to the stress that this global pandemic has brought. As swimmers, we understand the disappointment and challenges.
- If you have not yet filed your 2020 swim application
We are changing our swim application due date for the 2020 season. Instead of applications and fees being due by May 15, 2020, they will now be due no later than 14-days prior to your swim.
- For those who have already filed their 2020 swim applications
If your swim date changes, please let us know so that we may update the Observer assigned to your swim.
In the event that your swim cannot take place because of COVID-19, you may request a refund for the amount paid, less transaction fees. Alternatively, you can request your fees be rolled to 2021 if you have transferred your swim to next season.
We are staying abreast of the United States Coast Guard revised guidelines for marine events during the COVID-19 crisis and in active conversations with the sector commander regarding current and potential changes that could impact swims on Lake Tahoe this summer.
As the situation evolves, we remain eager and willing to be flexible and look for creative solutions so long as all public safety guidelines are followed. This may include limiting swims to your pilot(s), observer, and one crew member. Relay swims may be deferred to 2021 or the number of relay members on a swim decreased.
We wish you well during this time and look forward to sunny days ahead in and on the water.