Can I wear a wetsuit? No. Because the swim is such a short distance and the transition are must remain clean, we will not permit the use of wetsuits. You may swim in an approved swim skin, but it must remain on for the entire race.
What happens if I miss count my laps during the swim? The lead swimmer will be given a bell signal with 50m to go along with an in-water visual signal. Ultimately, it is your responsibility to count your laps.
Are caps provided? Yes. Swim caps will be provided, but will not be required.
Do I get my own lane to swim in? Yes. Each athlete will have their own lane to swim the entire distance required.
Can I do flip turns? Yes. Flip turns are permitted.
Is this an in water start? Yes- with the exception of the elite racing category all athletes will start in the water.
Are there starting blocks? There will be no starting blocks, but you may dive from the ledge of the pool.
What happens if I false start? A false start will be grounds for a DQ. There is no “one false start rule.”
Will swim warm ups be allowed? You will be given the opportunity to warm up after the heat before yours is out of the pool and between your start time. Typically this is about 5 minutes.
Is there a swim cut off? Yes. The swim cut off is 8 minutes and 30 seconds.
Can I walk the swim? While we respect that some athletes may need to touch the bottom during their 250 meter swim, if you are walking the entire distance, the odds of making the 8:30 minute cut off will be very slim.
What happens if I don’t make the swim cut off? You will be given another chance to race in Prelim B races on Sunday morning as well as a relay (if you choose) on Saturday evening.
How deep is the pool? The pool is 5 feet deep.
Is the pool chlorinated? Yes. The pool is treated just as any indoor pool that you are used to swimming in. The levels will be checked periodically throughout the day to make sure we are within recommended limits.