Race Rules

  • Races shall start from a designated start line marked by inflatable buoys or gate.
  • All escort or safety craft shall be stationed prior to the race so as not to interfere within any competitor.
  • Even if they start together, the men’s and ladies races shall be treated as separate events.
  • If in the opinion of a Referee, an action of a swimmer or an escort safety craft, or a swimmer’s approved representative is deemed to be ‘unsporting’ the referee shall disqualify the swimmer concerned immediately.
  • Escort safety craft shall manoeuver so as not to obstruct or place themselves directly ahead of any swimmer and not take unfair advantage by pacing or slip streaming.
  • The safety of competitors and officials is of paramount importance. All competitors must immediately obey instructions from safety boats, crew or safety officials. Failure to comply with competitor safety instructions shall result in immediate disqualification.
  • Rendering assistance by an official medical officer to a swimmer in apparent distress should always supersede official rules of disqualification through “intentional contact” with a swimmer.
  • Goggles, a maximum of two (2) caps, nose clip and earplugs may be used.
  • No swimmer shall be permitted to use or wear any device which may be an aid to their speed, endurance or buoyancy – there will be separate categories for swimmers wearing wetsuits
  • Swimmers shall be allowed to use grease or other such substances providing these are not, in the opinion of the Referee, excessive.
  • The pacing of a swimmer by another person entering the water is not permitted.
  • Competitors who do not finish the course within the time limits shall be removed from the water
  • Any competitors deemed by the race referee, not to have completed the course as outlined at the start, shall be disqualified
  • The finish point for all races shall be clearly marked in the same fashion as the race start point, with inflatable buoys or gate.
  • The race referee or starter shall be the sole judge for finishing positions.
  • Finishing positions may be recorded using electronic chips
  • The Finish Judges and Timekeepers shall be placed so as to be able to observe the finish at all times. The area in which they are stationed should be for their exclusive use.
  • Upon leaving the water some swimmers may require assistance. Swimmers should only be touched or handled if they clearly display a need, or ask for assistance.
  • One Piece Swim Suits which cover the body, the arms and the legs are allowed as long as they are made of a woven or textile materials. This is allowed to protect swimmers against anaphylactic shock from jellyfish stings.
  • Swimmers are not permitted to use or wear any device or swimsuit that may aid their speed, buoyancy, or endurance (webbed gloves, paddles, fins, etc.). Swim suits made from neoprene or any other material which offers similar heat retention properties will be categorised as wetsuits (as determined by the race team). If in doubt, arrive early for registration and ask the race team.
  • Swimmers suffering from a medical condition or recovering from illness should consult with their doctor before entering an open water race.