1. Swimmers are responsible for their own physical condition and are urged to train appropriately for the Flannagan Cup (be able to swim the full distance and have open water swimming experience) and have a medical check prior to entry if required

2. It is important to note that, while every effort will be made to ensure a safe and fun event, organisers and crew are unable to guarantee swimmer safety

3. Swimmers with lower confidence are encouraged to request a different coloured ‘nervous swimmer cap’ at the safety briefing for easy identification and extra support during the event

4. Surf Life Saving New Zealand lifeguards will be patrolling the course for the duration of your event

5. St John staff will be on-site with staff and resources at the event

6. A swimmer deemed incapable of completing the course in a satisfactory condition will be brought to shore by lifeguards

7. While in the water, all swimmers must comply with the directions of lifeguards and race officials

8. If assistance is required during the swim, swimmers are required to raise one arm so water safety personnel can assist. If this is not possible, the swimmer should roll onto their back to float in a relaxed position and try to alert a lifeguard

9. In the event of witnessing an injury/accident/medical incident during the swim, report this to one of the lifeguards on the water or on land as soon as possible

10. In the event of withdrawing from the event, please alert a clearly marked event official. Timing chips need to be returned to indicate the withdrawal

11. All swimmers should be vigilant when swimming around buoys and passing other swimmers

12. Less experienced swimmers are encouraged to wear a wetsuit for assistance with buoyancy and warmth

13. All swimmers should think about post-race hydration – we recommend you bring some fluids to hydrate with after your swim

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