As open water endurance athletes the places we train, race and play are directly impacted by challenging weather and water conditions that beyond making a session harder can also put us, our coaches, race directors, lifeguards, family and friends in danger. Through all our initiatives and entities we focus on sharing the information and tools to recognize and avoid dangerous conditions. We also share, teach and train our diverse communities the skills and mindset to respond effectively when we or others are in dangerous situations.
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors. Lightning can strike out of blue skies miles from the actual storm. Learn more about dangers, prevention and actions before lightning strikes and how to respond if you are someone you see is struck. NOAA NWS Lightning Outdoors Brochure
Even a 5 mph wind can have an impact on the surface of the water and a swimmer's experience. At 10, 15, 20 mph that impact gets exponentially worse while also becoming dangerous. Small Craft Advisories are a critical warning to heed if you are heading out to swim, paddle or kayak.
Small Craft Advisory (SCA): An advisory issued by coastal and Great Lakes Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) for areas included in the Coastal Waters Forecast or Nearshore Marine Forecast (NSH) products. Thresholds governing the issuance of small craft advisories are specific to geographic areas. A Small Craft Advisory may also be issued when sea or lake ice exists that could be hazardous to small boats. There is no precise definition of a small craft. Any vessel that may be adversely affected by Small Craft Advisory criteria should be considered a small craft. Other considerations include the experience of the vessel operator, and the type, overall size, and seaworthiness of the vessel.
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