Good news / Bad news… the good news is: our humble little group has grown incredibly over the past few years, we have over 100 people on the weekly email list, over 20 people out for our last swim even though it’s early in the season and LOST is starting to become quite well known, (I just got an email from a 73 year old guy who is training for the English Channel next year and he wants to drive up from Pennsylvania to train with us!… and the winner of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim is coming up from Australia to swim with us next year too… and probably do a crossing!)… and the bad news is: gone are the days when I can just pass it off as a just a bunch of friends out for a swim in Lake O, the legal liability is becoming a bit to obvious… so I need to get insurance for the team.  I think most people would understand that and probably even feel a bit better about it too.

The other good news is that I don’t have to try and hunt down some insurance company that will cover us, all I have to do is register the club as an officials “Masters Swim Team” with MSO (Master’s Swimming Ontario) and have all of you who are not currently registered with a Masters Team to register, and we are all covered under their insurance for all our training and even the LOST Race.

I’ll pay the club registration, and I’m already a member of Burlington Masters (several swimmers are members of BMSC or Oakville Masters), but if anyone is not a member of any Masters team, you will need to register as a LOST Swimmer and can do it on-line at MSO.  We’ll have to wait until the paperwork for the club has gone through before you can go on-line and register though… the cost is a very reasonable $35… not bad for full annual insurance coverage for all LOST Swims and the LOST Race. 

As I’ve said all along, I’m trying to keep the costs free or as low as possible, just to help grow the club and the sport… and $35 is as cheap as I can make it now.

I’ll let you all know once we are registered as an official masters club (kinda cool, actually), but after that point I’m going to have to be a hard-nose and not let anyone swim with our group that isn’t registered with a master’s team (LOST or any other club, you’ll just need to provide Melanie Price with your MSO number… she’s graciously volunteered to act as registrar!), as it wouldn’t really make much sense to have some of the group registered and some not… so I’d kindly like to ask you not to put me in the position of turning people away down by the lake because they haven’t registered… (and no, you can’t say “well, I’ll just take responsibility for myself”, because legally it would still fall on my shoulders!).

Until the club is registered though, everyone is welcome to come out and swim (at their own risk).  I really hope that $35 isn’t enough to turn people away and that everyone will register with MSO.  Consider it your insurance for swimming with LOST, your LOST registration fee and your LOST Race registration fee… all for $35… a screamin’ deal!

PS. Mel or I will send out the registration link once we’re ready to go!… also the new “LOST Swim Caps” are in and I’ll have them for sale for $5 down at the swim on Saturday!

Cheers,

Rob

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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!

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