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WORLD WINTER SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010

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					             WORLD WINTER SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2010

Rules for ALL events

   1. Swimmers must register and collect accreditation in the Information Center at the
       Festival hall. Accreditations can be collected any time from Thursday when registration
       opens (see Event Schedule). Please note that accreditations should be collected at least
       one hour before your swim. Failure to pick the accreditation on time will result in
       disqualification. Please allow plenty of time to arrive and pick accreditation.
   2. Upon registration, each swimmer will be provided with a competition pass and
       instructions. The pass will set out the times at which the swimmer is expected to
       assemble to be briefed and the race and swim times. The swimmers must keep the pass
       with them at all times.
   3. Timings will be strictly adhered to. Any swimmer assembling late will not be allowed to
       swim.
   4. Swimmers may not use any internal or external substances that preserve or increase
       body heat. Swimming under the influence of drugs or alcohol is forbidden. Any race
       official or lifeguard may require a swimmer to leave the water if he or she believes that
       swimmer to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs or presents a danger to him or
       herself, other swimmers, officials or spectators.
   5. Swimsuits must be appropriate and non-transparent. Topless swimming or swimming
       without a bathing costume is not permitted. Except in relation to the water performance
       teams, swimsuits may not go beyond the middle of the thigh or past the shoulder (i.e.
       they may not have legs or sleeves) and shall have to thermal protection or buoyancy.
   6. Swimmers may not use any device or material, which is designed to improve
       performance (this includes, without limitation, hand-paddles, snorkels, fins, or floatation
       devices).
   7. With the exception of a hat, swimmers may not wear any additional clothing (e.g. gloves
       or neoprene socks) or wetsuits of any description, whether made of neoprene or any
       other material, even for dipping.
   8. Swimmers must wear something on their head; either a swimming cap or a woollen or
       other warm hat.
   9. The organiser's decision on whether or not a swimmer is attired appropriately will be
       final.
   10. Diving into the water is not permitted.

Rules for competitors in the World Winter Swimming Championship breaststroke races

   1. The only permissible stroke during the Friday races on is head-up breast-stroke. The
      Crown of the head may not be submerged at any time.
   2. Details of your race are on your race card: race number, assembly time, race time.
      These times must be strictly adhered to.
   3. Race numbers will be announced throughout the day. When a competitor hears his or her
      race number being called to the assembly point (which will be clearly marked) he or she
      must go there promptly otherwise they will not be allowed to race.
   4. Competitors will change in the changing rooms using the lockers provided. Please be
      prepared to have warm clothes, coat, bathrobes etc. shoes and warms socks before your
      swim. Competitors will then be escorted down to the marshalling area for their races.
   5. Swimmers will be required to wear at least a swimming cap or other hat and may wear
      goggles.
   6. Competitors will then be instructed to disrobe and line up in their respective lanes. This
      will happen as soon as the previous race has started.
   7. Baskets will be provided for each lane and competitors should put all their clothing and
      bags into them. They will then be carried around to the other end of the lane, ready for
      the competitor to pick up his or her clothes when he or she has finished the race.

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   8. At the start Competitors will be instructed to put their shoulders under the water and in
       the start position competitors must visible hold the steps with one hand. Competitors will
       then be instructed to get on their marks, get set and then the claxon will sound,
       indicating the start of the race.
   9. False starts will not be called back. Blatant false starts will result in disqualification. Minor
       false starts will result in a five second penalty being added onto the race time. The
       decision of the referee will be final.
   10. To finish, each competitor must touch the end of his or her lane with at least one hand.
   11. Competitors must leave the water immediately after the race. They should retrieve their
       clothes from the basket that will have been brought round, and should proceed to the
       changing rooms.
   12. Up to 16 swimmers in each category will go through to the finals. Places 1-8 will swim in
       A Final and 9-16 at the B Final. If fewer than eight competitors have registered for a
       swim in their category, there will be no preliminary heat and all those swimmers will
       swim in the final race.
   13. The race schedule will show the time of the finals for each category. Each competitor is
       responsible for confirming whether or not he or she has qualified for a final and for
       obtaining their race card. Names of finalists and race details for each final will be posted
       as soon as possible during the day. Results for the races will be made available as the
       day progresses and will be available on the event web-site after the event.
   14. There will be an award ceremony for finalists at the Lido by the pool outside.

Rules for Polar Bears, Seals and Penguins

   1. The participants of the Seals series swim 25 meters, while the participants of the Polar
      Bears series swim 50 meters – without timing. In these series, the performance can be
      made on Saturday afternoon ( see Race Schedule )
   2. After the performance, participants get out of the pool, take their clothes from the
      basket, have a warm drink and go back to the dressing rooms without a guide. It is
      desirable that each participant dresses as quickly as possible. Every swimmer will get
      their diplomas and medals after the swim in the Information Center.
   3. Penguins: Dipping performance
      Participants take off their warm-up clothes, place them in a basket and go to the Dipping
      Pool Lane without a guide.
      After the performance, participants get out of the pool, take their clothes from the basket
      and go back to the dressing rooms without a guide.

Rules for Freestyle races

   1. Swimmers must have entered either the World Winter Championship breaststroke race,
      the Polar Bear, Seal or Penguin to be eligible to compete in the freestyle races.
   2. Swimmers must wear a swimming cap
   3. Assembly details as above
   4. See Swimming Categories for details
   5. For freestyle 25 and 50 metre races, each swimmer must start their swim from
      the start position in the water, diving is NOT permitted. Each swimmer finishes
      his/her swim by touching the wall at the end of their lane with at least one
      hand. NOTE: The swimmer must touch the end of the pool wall with AT LEAST
      ONE HAND before turning, tumble turns are NOT permitted.

Rules for Breaststroke relay

   1. The swimming distance is 4 x 25 meters
   2. The only permissible stroke during the relay is head-up breaststroke. The Crown of the
      head may not be submerged at any time. The other swimmers must wait in the water

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        and can leave after the previous swimmer has touched the wall at the end of the
        swimming lane.
   3.   There are three swimming categories based on the swimmers
        Combined age under 150 years:
        Combined age 150-200 years
        Combined age over 200 years
   4.   Each team must consist of a team captain and 3 swimmers. Only the team captain
        should register each team. Names of the other 3 team members should be provided on
        registration.
   5.   Teams must be mixed. There must be at least one woman and one man in each team.
   6.   You have to CONFIRM your relay team at the Information Center until 16.00 on
        Saturday, January 23, 2010. You can also register a new relay team until that time at the
        Information Center. New teams must pay the registration at the same time.
   7.   Swimmers must wear a swimming hat
   8.   Assembly details as above
   9.   See Swimming Categories for details

Rules for International freestyle relay

   1. Swimmers must have entered either the Winter Championship races or registered as a
      Polar Bear, Seal or Penguin on Saturday to be eligible to compete in the relay races on
      Sunday.
   2. Each team must consist of a team captain and 3 swimmers. Only the team captain
      should register each team. Names of the other 3 team members should be provided on
      registration.
   3. You have to CONFIRM your relay team at the Information Center until 16.00 on
      Saturday, January 23, 2010. You can also register a new relay team until that time at the
      Information Center. New teams must pay the registration at the same time.
   4. Teams must be mixed. There must be at least one woman and one man in each team.
   5. Swimmers must wear a swimming hat
   6. Assembly details as above
   7. See Swimming Categories for details

Rules for Endurance swims

   1. Endurance swims are by invitation only.
   2. The distance is 450 metres
   3. Please apply by sending us a request to take part stating your cold water swimming
      experience which must be confirmed by your swimming coach or official from your
      swimming organisation.
   4. There will be a technical meeting fro Endurance swimmers at the Information Center at
      18.00 on Friday on the January 22. All the Endurance swimmers MUST attend the
      meeting

Rules for Water Performance teams

   1. Each team may have between 3 and 20 members.
   2. At least 3 members of the team must enter the water during the performance.
   3. Each performance must last at least 2 minutes and but no longer than 5 minutes
      (including time spent entering and leaving the water).
   4. Participants may use the swimming suit of their choice, and they are allowed to use such
      devices that are powered by the swimmers themselves.
   5. The team may provide its own music; the venue's PA system can be used to play it.
   6. Preferably the performance should be humorous.



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   7. The jury awards points for the following categories: originality, technical quality and
      artistic impression. The team with the highest total points wins the contest. The judges'
      decision is final.

Recommendations for all swimmers

   1. When being escorted around the pool or waiting for their swim, all swimmers are advised
      to have brought something warm for their feet, a hat and an outer-garment that can be
      put on over their swimming costume and kept on until the last moment, that can be
      removed and put back on quickly (for example, a dressing-gown or fleece). Competitors
      should avoid walking barefoot prior to swimming, as the ground can be extremely cold!
   2. All swimmers and spectators are responsible for their own belongings at all times, save
      for when competitors clothes are being carried round the pool during the race by the
      organisers. The organisers can accept no liability for loss or damage to clothing, jewellery
      or other items. Competitors are strongly advised not to bring valuable items to the
      Venue.
   3. Competitors are advised not to stand around after their swim or race in cold wet
      swimming costumes as this increases the risk of hypothermia.
   4. Competitors are asked to be considerate to those in the races after them and get
      changed as quickly as possible.

Protests

Protests can be made against the decision of the referee or if an official fails to comply with the
competition rules. Protests must be substantiated by reasonable factual evidence and should not
be vexatious or trivial. All protests must be made in writing in English and must be delivered to
the information desk within 30 minutes of the decision or event. The fee for submitting a protest
is 40 euro which is payable at the time that the protest is submitted. If the protest is upheld the
fee will be refunded. The competition director will be the final adjudicator of any protests and
must provide reasons for his or her decision.

We trust that swimmers and others will use their common sense if they wish to
submit or make any protest.




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