Navy Organises Six Kilometers Long Open Sea Swimming Race
A record 435 swimmers lined up at Prongs Reef in Colaba in the early hours of on 17 Nov 15, to participate in the six kilometer long Annual Navy Day Open Sea Swimming Competition 2015. This, all India Open Competition attracted participation from swimmers from 11 states across the country.
Event of this nature require a many resources for ensuring safety of participants. Plush with such resources, Indian Navy is providing a unique and excellent platform for swimmers to test their skills in open sea swimming. The 6 Km long swimming race is a challenge even for good swimmers. The race tests the stamina, courage, determination and fighting spirit of participants and closely resembles some of the attitudes respected in the Indian Armed Forces. From wee hours of today Naval Officers and sailors of the Western Naval Command began to work hard to make this a successful event. The Indian Navy ensured a fool proof safety net for the competition with 30 boats, 40 divers and life guards apart from a naval helicopter and other volunteers. A continuous medical cover was provided till the completion of the event at the Naval Sailing Club.
The stringent qualifying norms of this niche event, which is conducted under the FINA (Federation Internationale de Nation) rules, have ensured a high quality competition comparable with the best international level competitions. As a result, out of the 561 swimmers who had filled forms, finally only 435 could participate. Swimming Federation of India representatives and timekeepers ensured a professional conduct of the event. Every participant was required to have previous swimming experience as well as to be medical fit.
The competition which was conducted in 10 different categories namely Girls (14-16 years), Boys(14-16 years), Men(16-50 years), Women(16-50 years), Differently Abled (Deaf and Dumb) Men, Differently Abled (Deaf and Dumb) Women, Differently Abled (Physically Handicapped) Men, Differently Abled (Physically Handicapped) Women, Veteran Men and Veteran Women (above 50 years), was keenly contested and has provided a unique platform to prepare Indian swimmers for international sea swimming events.