Paddlers should attempt the course before the race, familiarise themselves with the course and potential hazards (eg boat traffic). Prior to the start of the race, paddlers should warm up. After the race, paddlers should cool down. Paddling from the clubhouse beach around the island to the start/finish line is a common warmup route of about 800 metres. Adding a turn around Woronora Bridge brings this up to about 1.5 km.
Paddlers should wear clothing appropriate to the conditions. Sunscreen, hat and UV protective clothing should be worn.
Fluids & Food
All competitors should take an appropriate amount of water and/or sports fluids for their expected race time plus warm-up and cool-down time. Most paddlers are on the water for close to an hour.
Given the short nature of this race, there is no requirement for participants to carry any food.