2020 Colin's Hope Water Safety Policies and Procedures *It is recommended that all Swimmers and Water Guardians complete this form BEFORE participating the Colin's Hope Got2Swim Miles Challenge, a training swim, or a Colin's Hope Got2Swim Event. Question Title * 1. NEVER swim alone in any kind of water- a pool or open water. Noone is drownproof and even the most competent swimmers can drown. I understand that it is best to never swim alone in any type of water. Question Title * 2. If swimming in open water, Colin's Hope recommends the below for safety. Please check each box to show that you have read this question. Never swim alone. *It is best to have a Water Guardian on a kayak, canoe or Stand Up Paddle Board paddline close to you and who is wearing a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard approved life vest with a whistle attached). If you are unable to have a Water Guardian, always swim with another competent swimmer. Always wear a brightly colored swim cap so you will be more visible to boats, other swimmers and your Water Guardian. Use a Safer Swimmer Device ("orange buoy") that you can float on if necessary and that will keep you more visible to boats. Stay fueled and hydrated. When possible, have a fully charged cell phone in a waterproof case. Use sunscreen to help keep you protected from the sun and cooler. Question Title * 3. If swimming in a pool, Colin's Hope recommends the below for safety. Please check each box to show that you have read this question. Never swim alone. *It is best to swim in a life guarded pool whenever possible. If this is not possible, please have a Water Guardian watching you or swim with another competent swimmer. Stay fueled and hydrated. Use sunscreen to help keep you protected from the sun and cooler. Have a phone available in case of an emergency. Question Title * 4. If you have (or are) a WATER GUARDIAN paddling alongside you while you swim, we recommend that the Water Guardian have the below. Please check each box to show that you have read this question. Hydration and fuel (for yourself) Fully charged cell phone in a waterproof container Medication (epi pen, seizure meds etc.) in a waterproof container U.S. Coast Guard approved and properly fitted and fastened life jacket ( INFLATABLE WAIST PACKS are not recommended) Loud Whistle (Fox40 or equivalent) Kayak, Canoe or SUP and Paddle Sunglasses or Sun hat Sunscreen Question Title * 5. When approaching getting into the open water to enter, look out for all of the below. Please check each box to show that you have read this question. Boats Wildlife (for example: snakes and swans) Stumps and debris (glass) Uneven ground Question Title * 6. While swimming in open water, swimmers should do the below. Please check the box to show that you have read this question. Swim within 20 yds of the shore; watch and listen for watercrafts; resight your line often and be aware if where you are at all times; eat and hydrate regularly; do NOT swim or rest in dock areas along the shore ; if you see lightning or hear thunder, seek shelter on shore immediately until safe to re-enter the water. Question Title * 7. During the swim, WATER GUARDIANS should do all of the below? Please check each box to show that you have read this question. Keep your eyes scanning from your swimmer to nearby swimmers, and to the water ahead of you. Watch and listen for boats and watercrafts. Keep your swimmer within 20 yards of the shore. Eat and hydrate regularly. Do NOT enter dock areas. If you see lightning or hear thunder, seek shelter on shore immediately and do not re-enter the water until it is safe to do so. Be aware of your vessel's capacity and secure all items. Question Title * 8. If you are swimming and you NEED HELP, you should wave your arms above your head to get attention and yell if you are able. Please check each box to show that you have read this question. I agree to do this Question Title * 9. Water Guardians should do the below if they see a boat or watercraft coming towards their swimmer. Please check each box to show that you have read this question. Blow their whistle. Wave their paddle back and forth above their head. Rub their paddle in your hands so that the blade reflects sun into the boat/watercraft operators eyes. Question Title * 10. Please provide your full name, email and phone number Full Name: Email Address: Phone Number: Question Title * 11. It is important and essential that all Colin's Hope Swimmers, Water Guardians and Volunteers to follow these safety procedures and protocols at all times when in, near and around the water as we are ambassadors for water safety and drowning prevention. We must role model and practice good water safety and represent Colin's Hope. I agree to do this I do not agree to do this and therefore I choose not to participate in Colin's Hope swimming or water related events. Thanks! Be Safer in the Water. Have the BEST DAY EVER.