Each swimmer is required to wear the swim cap provided during the race. Any swimmer crossing the Finish without a swim cap may be disqualified.
All swimmers must attend the pre-race briefing on the beach.
All swimmers must go through the head count in order to start the race.
All swimmers must be behind the Start Line and wait for the Starter’s signals. Both an air horn and a flag are used to start the race (audible and visible signals).
Any swimmer dropping out before or during the race should check in immediately with a Beach Marshal AND the Recording Officials at the Finish or Start, reporting their race number and name. This is to help the Recorders account for all swimmers.
Any action that may bring the event into disrepute may result in disqualification.
Violating any of these rules may result in disqualification.
There is to be no fighting, kicking or pushing in the water.
Swimmers will not be allowed to use fins, paddles, or wetsuit. Tech-suits banned by FINA are not allowed in this race. No swimmer shall be permitted to use/wear any device that may be an aid to speed, endurance or buoyancy. Goggles, caps, nose clips and earplugs may be used.
You may use any swim stroke. When possible, you may stand up on the bottom if you need a rest, but you are not permitted any forward walking motion. Swimmers with special physical challenges can request to use special devices to aid in swimming. Swimmers may carry a bottle of water tucked into their swim suit.
The starter will use an air horn to get the race going.
Swimmers will follow the race course as laid out by the buoys in the water.
Swimmers must complete the course in its entirety; there will be Judges at the marker buoys that will be checking to ensure all swimmers pass their markers.
Drafting is permitted, however obstructing, interfering with or making intentional contact with another swimmer may result in disqualification.
Escort boats, kayaks & paddle boards shall maintain a constant position of at least 5ft away from any swimmer and shall manoeuvre so as not to obstruct or place themselves directly ahead of another swimmer.
Swimmers shall not receive support from any fixed or floating object and shall not touch or be touched by their escort craft or crew therein. Coaching and giving of instructions by the swimmer’s representative in an escort boat, kayak or Paddle board is not permitted.
All swimmers should have their competition number clearly displayed on their hat and arms.
Swimmers shall be allowed to use grease or other such substances providing these are not, in the opinion of the referee, excessive.
In the case of difficulty in the water, please remain calm. Extend your hands in an upward position, signalling that help is required. There are sufficient boats, kayaks and Paddle boards available for this purpose.
The referee shall have full control and authority over all officials and shall adjudicate on all protests related to the conduct of the race, including final placings, if necessary. The referee’s decision shall be final.
Payment of the entrance fee and participation in the race shall signify agreement and acceptance of these rules.
The above rules were designed for your safety and well-being.
The execution of the race on the day is subject to favourable weather conditions and if in the case of inclement weather the race is called off there will be no reimbursement of fees to participants.
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