What to bring
A faithful adult friend or relative to guide you - Patience helps
Kayaks - work very well, as do small boats.
Electric trolling motors - are great, and no gas fumes!
Also helpful - Wetsuits are allowed, but rarely used. Goggles. Swim cap (for visibility)
Swim Training Schedule
By July 1:
Swim for at least 20 minutes,
at least once each week
Swim for 40 minutes non-stop,
at least two times
Swim non-stop for at least one hour.
But, can you do it?
Do not attempt this Personal Endurance Challenge if you cannot easily: Swim for one hour.
Watch a video about the remarkable "Redneck Endless Pool" long-distance swim trainer. (Remarkable, ridiculous - what's the difference?)
The above schedule is a minimal training estimate for an average person and it in no way guarantees success. Always consult a health or fitness professional before embarking on a new exercise regimen.
Note to swim supporters!
Dick Crutchfield at the helm.
Kayaks do work well as support boats, but you can fit a whole family on a boat, and rather than run the gas-powered engine for three hours, you might consider a trolling motor.
The Crutchfields have used them for years. They're quieter, more relaxing, cheaper, and they don't create fumes that annoy swimmers.