Lavaman Keauhou starts off with a beautiful 1500 meter (.9 Miles) Pacific Ocean swim that starts at Keauhou Bay.
Swim Specific Rules & Information
- Swim starts in 12 feet of water and you will encounter depths to 125 ft. Be of aware of the marine environment - coral, sea urchins; especially near the shore. Do not stand on the coral or the bottom if you can avoid it. Self seed yourself in the starting area according to your swim time; fasters swimmers up front, slower swimmers towards the rear.
- The water visibility is on average 40ft or better.
- Water Temperature - Average is 80F
- Wet suits:
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Supplied swim cap must be worn
- Swimmers may wear, but shall not be required to wear, swim goggles or face masks.
- Illegal Equipment:
Any swimmer wearing any artificial propulsion device, including but not limited to fins, gloves, paddles, or floating devices of any kind shall be disqualified.
- The swim course runs in a counterclockwise direction. All course bouys must be passed on the right (to your left).The swim cut off time is 1 hour and 15 minutes (8:15 am). All participants who fail to make the cutoff time will be disqualified from proceeding with the rest of the race.
- Water safety - The entire course will be guarded by kayaks, paddle boards & surfboards.
- Bottom Contact and Resting:
A participant may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object such as a buoy, boat, rope or floating object. Excluding the bottom, a participant shall not use any inanimate object to gain forward progress. A violation of this section shall result in a variable time penalty, unless the Head Referee by his/her sole discretion determines that and the violation was substantial and resulted in an unfair time advantage.
A swimmer experiencing difficulty and in need of assistance shall raise an arm overhead, and pump it up and down, and call or seek assistance. A swimmer who has received official assistance, whether voluntary or involuntary, must retire and withdraw from the remainder of the race unless such assistance did not aid the swimmer in making forward progress. No swimmer shall return to the race if the official rendering assistance requests that the participant withdraw from the race or receive medical assistance.