Observing opportunities in the Midwest, specifically Chicago
Reading through some of Evan’s blogs on swim observations, it seems like a good opportunity to learn marathon swimming for a variety of reasons.
You crew on a boat, you get the lay of the land with marathon swims, maybe get to swim as a pacer, possibly provide kayak support, mix nutrition, see how the boat is piloted on a swim, etc…
If you live in California or near the English channel, opportunities to crew on these boats abound. Other areas, I am not sure how to get started.
I live in Chicago and would like to learn how to observe. Other than flying out to California, how to people in these areas go about gaining swim observation apprenticeships?
I have swam with Open Water Chicago since 2010 and occasionally with the Point Swimmers. I cannot recall ever having anyone discuss doing an observation for anyone in those groups.