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Regional Swimming Officials 2017:

Officials Training for Open Water

Final Rule Updates:

Wearing jewellry during competition. (added 24.01.16)

There is no FINA Rule that specifically prohibits the wearing of jewellery.

 However the following do need to be taken into consideration:

  • Watches

SW10.16 – No pace-making shall be permitted, nor may any device be used or plan adopted which has that effect.

 Power Bands

SW 10.8No swimmer shall be permitted to use or wear any device or swimsuit that may aid his/her speed, buoyancy or endurance during a competition (such as webbed gloves, flippers, fins, power bands, or adhesive substances, etc.). Goggles may be worn. Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by FINA Sport Medicine Committee.

The definition of ‘power bands’ is not provided by FINA.  Web research will show lots of articles about power balance bands which are basically silicone wrist bands containing a hologram.  In other sports, players can be seen with tape wrapped tightly above/below muscles particularly on arms and legs, it supposedly helps to protect from muscle cramps or over exertion in much the same way as swimmers used to wear two tight fitting suits. However, this rule is not intended to prevent the wearing of charity wristbands, friendship bracelets, bits of string, hair bobbles or any similar items which swimmers may choose to wear. It would therefore be for the Referee to determine whether or not any item being worn can be classified as a ‘power band’, bearing in mind the opportunity for the swimmer to protest if disqualified for wearing the item and the need for the Referee to then justify their action.

  • Each Home Nation has specific Health & Safety guidance which covers jewellery and officials should make themselves familiar with this.


Helen AkersSwimming Officials Coordinator
British Swimming, SportPark, Pavilion 3, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough University, LE11

Final Rule Updates – December 2014

Please find attached the changes to the FINA Rules that were agreed at the recent Special Congress in Doha.

These changes will be implemented by British Swimming with effect from 1st January 2015.

Please share this information as widely as possible to ensure a smooth transition.

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