Along with the anchored sailboats along the 3km route, the paddlers are both part of the safety crew, as well as providing encouragement and a level of comfort along the open water swim.
If you are available to join our water safety team, please contact us via BOTBboaters@gmail.com. We are always looking for anyone with a canoe, kayak or SUP
Don’t have your own watercraft? Drop us a line – we may be able to provide a limited supply of kayaks.
Over the past years, it’s always been great to have the Ottawa Fire Rescue water safety crew with us as well. Trained professionals with keen eyes are there to make sure your day is safe.
Big thanks to the City of Ottawa!
During the event, these watercraft stay at a safe distance from the athletes, keeping a watchful eye on the keelboats and paddlers to see where help may be needed.
And finally, big thanks to the volunteer skippers with big hearts from the Nepean Sailing Club, and BYC to make this truly a unique open water event right here in the National Capital.
As a bonus, the sailboats also act as large marker buoys to aid in sighting, an additional layer of safety for the swimmers on the Bring On The Bay event.
Though we can’t guarantee that all sailboats have a towel and a hot cup of coffee for swimmers who need a break, it’s great to know the whole support crew is out there for you.