Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters

2018 Tropical Splash Open Water Swim Volunteers

This event is one of the Sharks YMCA Masters largest and most popular of the year. The Open Water swims are held in the water off of Siesta Key Beach. The Registration start is 6:30 a.m. and the three race distances start between 8:00 a.m. and 8:10 a.m. Immediately following the completion of the 5K swim there is a post-race party held at the Siesta Key Pavilion with food, music, and awards.

For more information about the race please go to the event site:

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Food Pickup at Panera Bread in Gulf Gate

Pick up pastry and bagel donations for Splash and drive down to Siesta Key on Saturday by 7am. Food area is in grass area on south side of Main Pavilion

Panera Bread-Gulf Gate 

(Sat, 9:20pm - 9:25pm)


Athlete Check In and Set up

Place tables, arrange materials for athlete distribution and assist with athlete check in

Siesta Key Pavilion 

(Sun, 5:30am - 7:45am)

2 of 11 slots filled
Melissa Varlas
Yifan Zhang

Body Marking

Mark athletes with athlete numbers and supervise Shark Swimmer volunteers

Siesta Key Pavilion 

(Sun, 5:30am - 7:45am)

3 of 5 slots filled
Marlow Hoyer (2)
Also J.P. Hoyer
Jan Whitlock

Beach setup

Help setup the beach start/finish line area.

Siesta Key Beach- finish chute area 

(Sun, 5:00am - 7:00am)


Water Safety Support (kayakers)

Water safety support is a crucial element to the safety of the swimmers. Paddlers must be able to hold a position in choppy water and be able to reach swimmers who are having difficulty.

Water craft and paddlers should meet at the finish chute on beach 

(Sun, 6:30am - 10:30am)

3 of 12 slots filled
Gerry Chojnowski
Larissa Carmichael
Don Claridge
I need a kayak

Course Direction Volunteers

Assist with keeping track of swimmers in water by walking beach and tracking those that might leave the water.

Siesta Key Pavilion 

(Sun, 7:15am - 9:30am)

2 of 8 slots filled
Gail Thomas
Russ Gill

Chip Removal

Remove Chips from Athletes upon completion of race and hand out/replenish water in coolers, handing out food bands to athletes. Volunteer will also manage SYS swimmer volunteers

Siesta Key Beach-finish chute area 

(Sun, 7:45am - 10:45am)


Post Race Hospitality

Help set up hospitality area for post race event

Siesta Key Pavilion 

(Sun, 7:15am - 9:30am)


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