SBCSA Rules - Clarification on Allowed Swimwear and Devices
- Any device or apparel that benefits speed, buoyancy, or warmth other than the listed standard equipment is considered to be an artificial aid and is prohibited.
- Standard equipment for Category A (Marathon) swims is listed in Section II / A / #4.
- Standard equipment for Category B (Assisted) swims is the same as for Category A swims, except that neoprene and/or increased-coverage swimwear is allowed.
- Swimwear definitions:
- Swimsuits for Category A (marathon) swims must be porous and made from textile materials.
- Men's swimsuits must not extend below the knees or above the navel. Jammer-style suits are permissible.
- Women's swimsuits may be in one or two pieces, but must not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the knees.
- Swim caps must be standard-style and constructed from latex or silicone. Neoprene caps, multiple caps, and caps with chin straps are prohibited.
- Full-body suits of any material, including wetsuits and neoprene caps, are allowed on Category B (Assisted) Swims only.
- If the swimmer utilizes an electronic shark deterrent, the device may not trail off the swimmer.
- If the swimmer is uncertain whether a device or apparel item is allowed under these rules, he or she should seek clarification from the SBCSA well in advance of the swim attempt.
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