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Gloucester County ASA

Promoting the development of ALL aquatic disciplines throughout the Gloucester County area

New Swimwear Rules

From 1st January 2010 all competitions in England, Scotland and Wales will be

applying the FINA rules below in relation to Swimsuits for swimming (excluding

Masters and Open Water) competitions.

Current FINA rules state:-


GR 5.1 The swimwear (swimsuit, cap and goggles) of all competitors shall be in

good moral taste and suitable for the individual sports disciplines and not to

carry any symbol which may be considered offensive.

GR 5.2 All swimsuits shall be non transparent.

GR 5.3 The referee of a competition has the authority to exclude any competitor

whose swimsuit or body symbols do not comply with this Rule.

BL 8.2 In swimming competitions the competitor must wear only one swimsuit in

one or two pieces. No additional items, like arm bands or leg bands shall be

regarded as parts of a swimsuit.

BL 8.3 From January 1, 2010 swimwear for men shall not extend above the navel

nor below the knee, and for women, shall not cover the neck, extend past the

shoulder, nor shall extend below knee. All swimsuits shall be made from textile


Neil Harper

Honorary Secretary Swimming Officials

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