The sport of open water swimming continues to expand Mount Lavinia Hotel supports this endurance sport

As we can see it Mount Lavinia Hotel has a substantial history covering 200 years and holds a very important place in the historical records and heritage of Sri Lanka, positioned prominently in status along with an event that has gained recognition; the 73rd Annual Two Mile Sea Swim organized by the Sri Lanka Aquatic Union which will be held on 7th March on shores of Mount Lavinia Hotel, will unveil a momentous event on the 6th of March when Mount Lavinia Hotel presents the Interclub Masters Open Water lkm Sea Swim named: Surf to Mount.

“We are honored to be a part of this global growth and Mount Lavinia Hotel that has a fabulous beach frontage that could enable to this kind of events to surface is proud to be hosting these events,” states Mr Anura Dewapura, General Manager of Mount Lavinia Hotel.

This ‘can-do’ and ‘get-up-and-go’ ambience enabled open water events like the InterClub Masters Open Water 1km Sea Swim on the 6th of March and the world renowned 73rd two mile sea swim on the 7th of March 2010 to more easily come into existence. While visionary and passionate swimmers like Akhry Ameer and Nethru Nanayakkara did the heavy leg work, focused on the logistics and, Mike Anthoniesz, Brian Pereira and Julian Bolling were instrumental in indirect ways.

A long distance pool event is any distance-based swimming event over 1650 yards (1508.8 meters), or a time-based event equal to or greater than one hour. It may be conducted in any body of water, either natural or man-made. A long distance open water event is a swimming event of any distance conducted in an open body of water, either natural or man-made.

The excitement and allure of endurance sports such as these open water events for busy lifestyles helps swimmers improve fitness, actively support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship and camaraderie which is very rare and it definitely keeps in contact with its members.

One member states, “All who partake in the event are either fitness swimmers, competitive swimmers and noncompetitive swimmers. We are pool swimmers and open water swimmers. We are fast and we are slow. We are young and we are old. We are men and we are women. What we have in common is we love to swim. When we are swimming, we are certainly having fun.”

Some rules on open water sea swims are as such:

▪ Open water swimming courses are clearly marked with distance markers, turn buoys and, occasionally, mid-course buoys, ropes or lines.

▪ In international events, swimmers must wear a transponder on each wrist for timing and finishing results. Athletes are disqualified for finishing without the transponders.

▪ Boats with the Head Referee, technical officials, medical personnel, media representatives and photographers are permitted on the course.

▪ Athletes start races in front of the rope during in-the-water starts or by diving from a floating start platform, depending on the race course.

▪ Athletes can be disqualified for making intentional contact, obstruction or interference with another swimmer. Such unsportsmanlike conduct is judged solely by the Head Referee, who is located in an escort boat.

▪ Warnings are given with a whistle by the Head Referee. At the first rule infraction, the Head Referee shows a yellow flag to the athlete with a card bearing their number. For the second infringement, athletes are shown a red flag and a card bearing their number, and can be asked to immediately leave the water.

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