FAQ’s

  • What time does registration/ athlete check in open? Mandatory packet pickup  is Saturday 9/27 from 1:00 to 4:00. Sunday morning check in starts at 6:00 am on the south side of the pier.
  • Since the race is point to point how do I get my gear to the finish? As part of our effort to be green, we will have recycled mesh produce bags for each athlete to use to check their “dry gear” or you can use your own transition bag. We will then have it at the finish for you to pick up.
  • How do we get back to the start? The FREE shuttle buses run all day from the harbor to the Oceanside Transit center NOT the pier.
  • “Man it’s hot this weekend, is there Day Of registration? THERE WILL BE NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION AS THE EVENT IS SOLD OUT. ADDITIONALLY, ONLY SWIMMERS WITH WRIST BANDS WILL BE ALLOWED TO START. WE HAD BANDITS LAST YEAR WHO THEN ENDED UP TAKING FINISHER SWAG.
  • What are the start times for the swims? The 2.4 mile swim starts at 7:30 from the pier area and the 1.2 mile swim starts at 8:00 from the harbor beach.
  • Is the swim a mass start? Yes, but with a limited field, the start should be fairly easy. Remember, you can start as late as you would like to stay out of any scrum.
  • If we want to watch the 2.4 mile start how will we get to the finish? There will be shuttle buses leaving from the pier for spectators and volunteers.
  • Does the 1.2 mile swim start at the pier also? No, the 1.2 mile start is on the beach just north of the river mouth.
  • Do we have to walk to the 1.2 mile start? No, there will be two shuttles leaving the pier. If you miss these, then you still don’t need to walk as you’ll need to run!!
  • Where does the swim finish? Both distances finish in the harbor at the top of the boat launch ramp, so you will need to run approximately 20 meters on a carpet surface.
  • Are there age group awards? Yes.
  • Is there a wetsuit division? Swimsuit division? Yes there are separate divisions and separate awards.
  • Are there finisher medals? Yes.
  • Are there overall winner awards? Oh yeah! We have amazing carved Tikis made in Bali.
  •  What about buying hoodies? Pre purchased hoodies can be picked up Saturday at packet pick up. We will have extra hooides and TikiSwim4 caps for sale.
  • How safe is the course? We have left the course safety to the sole discretion of the Oceanside Fire Department, Police and Lifeguards. There will be over 30 guards, patrol boats and pwcs. Additionally the course will be marked with numerous buoys as well as course escorts provided by the Oceanside Outrigger club. There too will be hydration and nutrition on the water for the 2.4 mile swimmers provided by Hammer Nutrition.
  • Is there surf? Yes, but only on the way out as both swims finish in the sheltered water of the harbor. Forecasted surf is 1-2 feet.
  • Will we be swimming against the current? What about the tide? There is the traditional “California current”  that runs south along the California coast, but this really should not come into play more importantly is the tide which will be going in to the harbor as the high tide peaks about 9:00, so most swimmers will get a “push” or at the least will be swimming the harbor during the slack period.
  • What’s the  water temperature for TikiSwim? We are expecting water in the high 60′s for TikiSwim4.
  • What’s  the average air temperature? We expect sunny and low 70′s.
  • Where should we park on race day? The best place to park is at or near the Oceanside Transit center as this is where the shuttle buses will be stopping. There will only be one early shuttle stop at the pier. If you are doing the 1.2 and picked up your packet early, you should park by the harbor.
  • Can my family/ friends use the shuttle? ABSOLUTELY. The FREE shuttle buses will be running from the transit center to the boat launch all day on Saturday and Sunday so stay and checkout everything happening at Harbor Days.
  • Do all athletes get a pancake breakfast after the race? Yes, but make sure you have your swim cap with you as this is what will be used as your “ticket”.
  • Is there a way to buy additional tickets for the breakfast? Yes. Additional breakfasts are available at the Oceanside Firefighters Association booth for a donation.
  • Are there things to do after the swim? YES!! As part of the Oceanside Harbor Days there will be 140+ vendor booths, food vendors, a beer garden and a great contest you can participate in called Nail and Sail.
  • Do you need volunteers? Absolutely and all volunteers will be given a custom Tiki Swim Cap, tiki mug and gift card. To volunteer, please send an email to volunteers@tikiswim.com
  • What type of volnteers do you need? We need setup and registration help the day of the race as well as help collecting and distributing athlete gear and “catchers” to help swimmers get settled on their feet coming out of the water.

 

If you are registered for the swim please be on the look out for a mailing that contains the “Athlete Letter” where we go into more detail. It will be mailed during the week prior to the event and will be posted here.

 

 

last updated 1/14/2013