The Utah LMSC sent me to attend the first annual Open Water Safety Conference this weekend.
I learned a TON of stuff and took LOTS of notes, so I'll try to organize it here chronologically.
I checked in to my room and was dying of hunger! I ate at a restaurant at the hotel. Man was it expensive! Had some Salmon and THREE baskets of bread which finally filled me up.
When I found my seat a couple minutes later Rob Dumouchel came in and sat next to me and we discussed several things. He reminds me alot of my friend Ray Holt. He's a really cool guy, down to earth and humble about his role in the OW world, which is actually pretty big. There were a couple people who came up to him while we were talking and shook his hand and introduced themselves. Also later on in the conference when they were showing a video of the Big Shoulders 5K, they showed a short clip of him being interviewed and he raised his hands while people were clapping and cheering at his presence on-screen. I admire that guy. He's so outgoing, something that is a HUGE weakness for me. Anyhow, the Saturday Morning conference started with......
As a side note, at the next break I bought two of Shelly's books "Dangerous When Wet". One for me and one for Josh. I told her of my mission in Brisbane and how I loved the country and wished I could have spent some time in the water, but the mission rules prevented me from doing so. I told her I'd love to go back and do the Rottnest race in Perth, but that would be much further down the road. She's a nice woman and a great speaker. A little long winded and often goes on tangents, but she spunky and very well qualified, and that makes her great!
During one of the breaks I also met and talked with Bob Needham . He swam the 10K at Deer Creek last year (and did a good job swimming along with and pushing my swimming buddy, Josh ). But I never got a chance to talk to him last summer, he had to rush off to another 10K swim the next day! He's a nice guy and has plans to swim Catalina this summer.
Chris Sheen - Race Director of the Big Shoulders 5K suggested:
Sunday Morning - Best Practices discussion......
I had a fantastic time at this conference, I learned alot and really caught the spirit of open water safety. I am so appreciate to the Utah LMSC for sending me to this conference and have quite a few action items to implement in making the GSL race a safer race. First action item: Get a board put together instead of just me and Josh. We need more resources! I have other things on my plate that I don't want to be a hindrance to giving the proper attention to the subject of safety in conjunction with directing the race.