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Old 28-08-2014, 09:14   #1
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Off Shore Swimming

I have only done two trips to the Caribbean from the Chesapeake. I have always been tempted to stop and take a swim especially when it is hot and motoring. I would recognize always leaving someone on board and not having he boat sail off. A quick 15 minute swim would be nice I think.
Anybody done it??
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Old 28-08-2014, 09:30   #2
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Re: off shore swimming

Used to all the time when we were out fishing, then this move Jaws came out, now my excuse is I'm old.
Really good way to cool off though.
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Re: off shore swimming

Yes I have done it. Allot farther north of course, off Nova Scotia, north atlantic. That was before I knew about all the sharks. It is quite common to see them swimming around the boat.
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Re: off shore swimming

Check this guy on his return singlehanded trip from Hawaii after a SHTP race back in the day.

Number 10 from link below:

10) My favorite swimming hole is the North Pacific. When you sail through the middle of the high, there will be days when you are staring at your reflection in the ocean for hours. Go for a swim with your snorkeling gear. Swim away from the boat and look back to see how clear the water is. Drop a penny and watch it sink for a mile. It's awesome. (But leave the helm locked over to one side, and trail a long line...)

http://sfbaysss.net/resource/doc/kam...ce-the-fun.pdf
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Re: off shore swimming

Offshore swimming . . . highly recommended!
Great White attacks, shark attack! - YouTube
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Offshore swimming . . . highly recommended!
Great White attacks, shark attack! - YouTube



This would be the favored vid for offshore shark attack...



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Re: off shore swimming

Done it a couple times. Once we were crossing from Baja to Mazatlan , Mexico. The Sea was flat calm like a mirror. We were buddy boating and the other larger boat was a couple miles ahead of us after a few hours. We noticed they had stopped motoring. when we got there, we took a dip also. Interesting, ... when the woman on the other boat first jumped in ... she noticed a huge Marlin basking in the shade under their boat!
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This would be the favored vid for offshore shark attack...



wow... good one!
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Re: off shore swimming

just don't get stranded... and leave a ladder hanging over the side.
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Used to all the time when we were out fishing, then this move Jaws came out, now my excuse is I'm old.
Really good way to cool off though.
Just put a fish finder on the boat and you can check it before you jump in.

Little bleeps on the screen = small fish and is ok to swim

Really freaking big bleeps on the screen = something bigger then you and is not ok to swim. Simple really
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Re: off shore swimming

We used to swim in the GOM and the Laguna a fair amount, back when the kids were young.
Rarely any problems, an occasional nip from 'something', a few jellyfish stings (those can be the worst). Nothing major ever happened.
But as I got older, and did more fishing, I started to have a degree of reluctance to get in that water, knowing better what else is swimming around too. Most sea creatures are not interested in us dietarily, the few that might be are usually widely scattered (some pelagics, some shark species, orcas, etc.).
Still worth doing, pretty low probability of 'something' considering you edible and being in the neighborhood most places.

Have a plan though: somebody always stays aboard and watches the water for 'visitors', throwables, boathook, and first aid kit handy, etc.
Nothing changes quicker than the weather, a wind gust or squall line could complicate things in a flash.

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Re: off shore swimming

I, too, have swum far offshore, but not in the region the OP is asking about. For me, it was a time we were becalmed, we did have a boarding ladder, and I still swam with a line around my waist...it was about 3,000 ft. deep somewhere between San Francisco and Hawaii, and there were no fish visible in the clear water.

I would guess if there are no fish on the fish finder, the larger ones who feed on them will not be around either....but if they are, they'll be hungry!

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Re: off shore swimming

Did it mid atlantic while solo. No wind,sails down. It was a very strange feeling thinking how deep it was and what was down there !!
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Re: off shore swimming

I've done it twice, both times in the Atlantic, both on other peoples boats. Both times I thought the risk was stupid. Both times were were moments from death. Both times we were absolutly becalmed and then when we jumped in realized the boat speed was still too high to do more than hang onto the fender and line.

I won't be doing it again. Crazy stuff.
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Re: off shore swimming

Of course you can. And even sharks will take a while to find you. So no worries for about 20 min. And remember, as long as your head is above the water level it doesn't matter how deep the water it is. You can alwasy lower your dinghy for safety reasons.
Enjoy, nothing to be scared about.
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