Training for a 24 Hour Swim with Shannon Scaff
I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Coast Guard member and friend, Shannon Scaff about his support of children of the fallen by currently training for a 24 hour swim as a means to memorialize the life and legacy of Dale Taylor and the 6535 crew. Operation 300, a camp for children of the fallen, will directly benefit. More information on how to support Shannon and Operation 300 through Night Flight to come!
Doing something epic…
As a prior Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer, Shannon is no stranger to swimming but this swim will be very different. He won’t have his regular gear… no mask… no fins… and to swim for such an extended period of time is completely new to him.
In addition to the physical demands this event is placing on Shannon, the mental toughness required to get through such a swim is the bigger obstacle. Shannon has had the good fortune of having distance swimming legend, Kathleen Wilson discuss mental strategies of swimming such a distance. If you haven’t heard of Kathleen Wilson, you REALLY need to take a look at her story. You will be amazed at this athlete’s accomplishments.
In support of Shannon, the City of Charleston is going to open the Martin Luther King City Pool for this 24 hour event taking place on February 28th, 2015. It will be open to the public during normal business hours if you would like to stop by, see Shannon, and honor some of the fallen heroes.
On February 27th, 2015, Lt. Shannon Scaff will enter a 50 meter pool located in Charleston, South Carolina to begin a 24 hour swim in an effort to raise funds for Operation 300. In addition, this swim will honor Shannon’s fellow Guardsman who tragically lost their lives when their MH-65 Dolphin helicopter suddenly crashed in Mobile Bay, Alabama on the evening of February 28th, 2011. Among the lost were Lieutenant Commander Dale Taylor, Lieutenant Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge, & Petty Officer Andrew Knight. To support Shannon in this effort, please click the link below. (All proceeds benefit Operation 300, Inc.)