La Jolla Cove Swim Club

Big Chill Tonga

  • 17 Nov 2012
  • 13 Apr 2013
  • San Diego, CA

“Big Chill Tonga”

La Jolla Cove Swim Club’s 2012-2013 Winter Swim Program
Doug Burleigh, AKA Mr. Chill”,  Nov 11, 2012


LJ Cove Swim Distance Table

Club goal: Accumulate total mileage from San Diego to TONGA, which is 5323 miles away

Past goals were Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and Fiji. Last year we accumulated over 6000 miles! This year maybe we’ll accumulate enough miles to reach New Zealand (6502 miles) or Australia (7203miles).


This is a Swim Club event with club members operating as one big team to reach a common goal.

If registered Big Chill participants wish to form small groups and challenge other groups, this may be done on an informal basis. All names and individual miles must be reported to "Mr. Chill".

Group mileages can be displayed in the club box if provided to "Mr. Chill".


Individual goals: Reach personal totals of 25, 50, 75, 100 miles (even 400 or more!)

This isn’t a serious competition. Have fun, and above all, swim safely!


Cost: FREE (except for a token charge of $5 for the party)

You can sign up ANYTIME during the program, though we encourage you do so as early as possible.


Miles: We operate on the honor system. Miles should be reported by each swimmer as a running TOTAL. There are maps and charts in the club display box at the Cove that show the mileage between various buoys and other coastal locations in La Jolla Bay. When in doubt, just estimate as well as you can or send a question to the email address below.

Send your TOTAL Miles to "Mr. Chill" at:  bigchillswim@aol.com 

Provide your TOTAL miles in the subject line, as “Bob Smith has 67 miles total”, each time you report. Send in your miles by Wednesday afternoon so we can process the data and print updated charts for the weekend. 

However, it’s not necessary to be up to date, so send in your TOTAL miles anytime.


Qualifying Miles:

o   Accumulate miles swum from Nov. 17 “Turkey Day” through April 13, 2013”Tax Relief Day” event.

o   Miles swum using a wetsuit, fins, mask and snorkel are acceptable.

o   Miles swum outside of San Diego are acceptable as long as they are in a salt water ocean or sea for a period of not more than 2 weeks, regardless of the water temperature. This is to accommodate vacations in Mexico, Hawaii, Florida, etc. We’re swimming to warmer water anyway!

o   Miles swum in any ocean or sea and where the water temperature is 62 degrees or less are acceptable at any time. So miles in Oceanside, Coronado, LA, SF and other CA beaches are always acceptable.

o   Pool miles are not acceptable, even if the pool is salt water and cold.

o   DOUBLE Miles may be claimed on the following Club event days (which are not necessarily the actual holiday) and under the conditions shown below. Two (maximum) double conditions per day may be applied, so if your birthday swim is on Valentine’s Day, claim 4X miles!

  • - Thanksgiving “Turkey Day” (November 17)
  • - Xmas Eve in Coronado (December 24). Cove miles are double also, but try to come to Coronado!
  • - New Year’s Day Polar Bear swim (January 1), at La Jolla Shores or another location.
  • - Super Bowl (“Super Bore”) Sunday, Feb. 5  (ONLY IF an event is planned as it was in the past)
  • - Valentine’s Day Event (February 10) Swim a mile for your sweetie
  • - St. Patrick’s Day Event (March 16).     “Swim with a Spuddo in your Speedo!”
  • - April Fools’ (Easter/Tax Relief) Day Event (April 13).   Easter 2013 is March 31.
  • - Swimmer’s birthday. Miles must be swum in one’s “Birthday Suit” (only) to qualify, and the swim must be witnessed by at least one other swimmer. Observers do not get double miles!

Swimmers whose birthday does not fall within the program dates may declare a “comp” birthday, which must be on the same day of the month as their birthday and the month should be 6 months ahead of the birthday. For example, an August 6 “comp” birthday would be February 6.


Note: the club does not encourage illegal acts.


  • Other Double days as declared by the program director, “Mr. Chill”


Rewards:

o   Personal satisfaction, good exercise, bragging rights, the thrill of survival.

o   Experience hypothermia. Shivering is a good exercise that involves all major muscle groups.


      o   Document your insanity for a future disability claim

o   Party to celebrate the end of the program, with great food, beer and fun.

o   “Big Chill” t-shirts will be awarded to participants who swim at least 25 miles in the program.


  • Awards for the top mileage man and woman.

Documentation:

Mileage chart and map will be posted in the display box at the cove and on the club website.