Swimsuit Guidance

By Rhys Roberts - October 9 2009
Swimsuit Guidance
Here is information on the changes to the rules regarding swimsuits:

4. Swimsuits

Members will find attached (at Annex 5) a briefing paper which seeks to analyse the implications for British Swimming of the most recent FINA rule changes and to recommend a revision to current policy/regulations within time scales set out in the paper.

The Rule is:

1.1 In swimming competitions held under the jurisdiction of British Swimming:

1.1.1 The competitor must wear only one swimsuit, in one or two pieces which for men shall not extend above the navel nor below the knee and for women shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder nor shall extend below the knee.

1.1.2 All swimsuits shall be made from textile materials.

1.1.3 No additional items, like arm bands or leg bands shall be regarded as parts of a swimsuit.

1.1.4 All swimsuits must be listed on FINA’s List of Approved Swimsuits on the date of the competition, and worn without modification.

1.2 The above Rule does not apply to Masters events, which shall instead be governed by the following requirements:

1.2.1 The competitor must only wear one swimsuit; and

1.2.2 The use of wetsuits (defined as garments, usually made of neoprene, which are worn by divers, windsurfers, canoeists, and others engaged in water ports, providing thermal insulation, abrasion resistance and buoyancy) is prohibited.

1.3 The British Swimming Technical Swimming Committee shall have the delegated authority to make interpretations in relation to this Rule and to publish such other notices in relation to the Rule as maybe necessary from time to time. This authority shall not include the power to amend the Rule, for which the matter must be considered by British Swimming Board.