12th Annual Daiquiri Deck Tropical Splash Open Water Swim

Saturday, October 4, 2014

USMS Sanction: 144-W002

Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters

Open Water Registration

At beautiful Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota, Florida


Florida LMSC for USMS Sanction #144-W002
Florida Swimming for USA Swimming Official Approval # OW-10-4-14

Hosted by the Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters

Event Directors: Rick Walker 941-346-7946 and David Miner 941-545-9709

About Siesta Key: A gorgeous barrier island adjacent to Sarasota, Siesta Key Beach was ranked the #1 beach in the US in 2011. Siesta Key has world-class dining and shopping along with outstanding accommodations. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a great race and a special weekend.

USMS & USA Swimming races offered:
1K (1 length)
2.5K (1 loop)
5K (2 loops)

Entries: Only first 500 entries accepted. Online entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014. NO RACE DAY ENTRIES. Only athletes who enter prior to the early entry deadline are guaranteed a race T-shirt. Early entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 19, 2014. Entries will be accepted by Club Assistant.

Eligibility: The race is open to all athlete members of U.S. Masters Swimming and USA Swimming. Adults who are not current members of U.S. Masters Swimming may pay for a one-day membership during the online entry process; the one-day membership is $20.00 (in addition to the event entry fee). One-day memberships are NOT available for swimmers under the age of 18.

Entry Fees:
Early (up to 11:59 p.m. 9/19/14) $40
Late (9/20/14 to 11:59 p.m. 10/1/14) $50
Online entries are paid by credit card to “ Events”.

Additional Race Details

Race-day Schedule:
6:15 a.m. Check-in at the beach pavilion
7:00 a.m. Check-in closes
7:20 a.m. Pre-race meeting on the beach
7:30 a.m. 1K start
7:35 a.m. 5K start
7:40 a.m. 2.5K start

Rules: Current 2014 U.S. Masters Swimming rules will govern the event. All distances will be swum “Open.” Final results will be posted by age group.

Check-In: Check-in and body marking will take place at the Siesta Key Pavilion immediately prior to the pre-race meeting. Racing chips will be issued to all competitors. Please note that racing chips must be worn on your ankle when crossing the finish line in order for your time to be properly recorded. If you carry your chip in your hand, or any place other than your ankle, the equipment will not detect your finish time, and as a result, you will not receive a time or place.

Pre-race Meetings: Two pre-race meetings will take place on the beach, at the FINISH ARCH. The first meeting, for the 1K swimmers, will take place at approximately 7:20 a.m., and then the 1K swimmers will walk to their starting line.  The next meeting, for the 2.5K and 5K swimmers, will take place at approximately 7:25 a.m. All participants must attend. Please refer to course map.

Equipment: All participants will be provided with a swim cap, which must be worn during the race. Wetsuits are not permitted. Support craft other than designated event craft are not permitted. Persons allergic to latex should plan to wear a silicone cap beneath their race cap or bring their own brightly colored silicone cap.

Water Temperature: 78-82 degrees.

Safety: Emergency personnel on watercraft will protect the course. Medical staff will be onsite. In case of inclement weather, unusually adverse surf conditions, or any other factors that may arise, an event committee composed of the event directors, referee, and a senior member of the YMCA may modify starting times or cancel events.

Time Limit: Maximum time permitted to complete the race is 2.5 hours. Swimmers still in the water after 2.5 hours will be notified that the race is over and asked to leave the water. Results will show their time as DNF (did not finish).

Age: The age of the swimmer on the day of the swim will determine the age group.

Results: Results will be posted at the awards area immediately following the completion and online at and

Awards: Awards will be given to the overall winner, male and female, for each race 1K, 2.5K, 5K for both USMS and USA Swimming divisions. Awards will also be given to the top three finishers in each age group, for each race, and for both USMS and USA Swimming divisions.

Awards Presentation: Awards for the 1K race will be given on the beach immediately following the race. There will be post-race food and beverages, provided by Sharks sponsors, for all race participants in an area adjacent to the pavilion. Awards for the 2.5K and 5K races will be given out at that time.

Directions: Interstate 75 to Sarasota exit #205 (Clark Road). Take Clark Road west approximately 6 miles. Cross US 41 and continue across the bridge. Stay right after the bridge and take a right on Midnight Pass Road. Continue north on Midnight Pass Road to Siesta Key Beach. There is ample parking. Check-in is at the beach pavilion, behind the main building.

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Service Animals: Please contact the race director, Rick Walker, by October 1 if you require the use of a service animal. Animals other than federally registered service animals are not permitted on Siesta Beach and owners are subject to a fine if animals are brought onto the beach.