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? We will have lap counters located at the far end of each lane. They will be counting your laps and will notify you when you have 25 meters to go. A brightly colored sign will be placed in your field of vision just before making your final turn. 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? No. You will be required to start the event from the deck surface. You may choose to dive or you may sit down to enter the water. The choice is yours.
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? One false start per heat is allotted to the entire field. For the second false start, the athlete will be Dis-qualified and will be eligible to race in the next round, when applicable.
Will swim warm ups be allowed? No. At this time we will not allow warn up’s. We are looking into the possibility of opening up a Friday evening familiarization time. Stay tuned for more details.
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 automatically be placed into the next round, at the back of your age group and afforded the opportunity to race again.
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.