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  • Everyone panics the first time. You will too...and then you will get over it and start swimming like the confident swimmer you are. Remember, relaxed muscles float much better than tense muscles.
  • During your swim, do not cross the buoys or you can be penalized or be disqualified from the race.
  • Keep an eye out as to where you're going. Pick up your head and spot the buoys so you don't do any extra swimming. (read more on spotting)
  • For advanced swimmers: See if there is a swimmer in front of you that can give you a free ride. (read more on drafting)
  • Enjoy your surroundings. Most people work so hard they miss the fun of the event! Sometimes you can see fish swimming below you!
  • If you get tired, find a lifeguard on a surfboard and rest. You may continue swimming after you have rested a bit.
  • If you feel like you have not trained properly for the race and cannot continue OR you get hurt, wave your arms and make a lot of noise while you have the energy so that a lifeguard can help you.
  • Swim as far as you can into the shore during the finish. Walking/running in water is an energy-hog -- you'll lose time and be exhausted for the job up to the transition area.

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