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Open Water

It is with regret that The Wiltshire Open Water events for 2017 has been cancelled.

So that swimmers still have the chance to swim for The Wiltshire Awards,  Wiltshire ASA will be awarding medals based on the ASA South West Region Open Water results 2017.

Please see below for all the entry details to the SWR event.


Kelly Podbury

ASA SW Region Open Water Competition Secretary

( Mobile 07780 733 512

I am pleased to be able to publish the online Entry Form for this year’s ASA South West Region Open Water Championships.

The event also incorporates County Championships for Dorset ASA, Gloucester ASA, Somerset ASA and joining us this year are the Police Open Water Championships.

The date for the event is Saturday 24th June 2017 and will be held at Preston Beach, Weymouth DT4 7SX.  Registration opens at 9am.

Events being swum are Male & Female 5,000m, 3,000m, 1,500m and a 750m Taster Event. Entry fees £22 for each for 5,000m, 3,000m, 1,500m and £8.50 for the Taster Event.

I would ask that you share and forward this email in your Counties, Clubs and onto any swimmer or swimmers considering entering the events.

The details of the event, this link to the Entry Form and the ASA Temporary Membership form will be added to the ASA SW Region website shortly.

All information is included on the Entry Form.  Please ensure that you read all the links embedded in the Entry Form prior to completing it.

Swimmers must be Category 2 at the time of entry, please ensure that if you are not Category 2 that you have asked your club to increase your level of membership.  Please ask if you need any guidance on this.

Swimmers wishing to enter as a Temporary ASA Member must complete the ASA Temporary Membership form, attached, and send to me once the Entry Form has been completed and payment made. Payment for the temporary membership is £10 and should be made at the same time as paying your entry fees.  Indicate on the Entry Form your payment amount as ‘Other’.  I would prefer to receive your forms scanned and emailed, however if you would like to post to me let me know and I will send you my address.

This event is usually a lovely day by the beach, if you haven’t tried Open Water swimming before maybe this is the time to consider it!  If you don’t want to swim but want to get involved we are always looking for Officials for both shore side and in boats, we will train you, we would love to hear from you; OR if you just want to get involved and volunteer, again please let us know and we will get you involved.

The deadline for entries is, Friday 2nd June 2017.

The Entry Form is linked in all the hyperlinks above but to make it absolutely clear another link below.  I look forward to receiving your entries.





Open Water Wetsuit clarification:

It has been brought to the notice of the British Swimming – Swimming Officials Group that there appears to be doubt as to the style of wetsuit permitted to be used in Open Water swimming.  To put the matter into context I will reproduce FINA rules and guidance known to date.

 In August 2106 FINA issued the following rule changes

BL 8.4 For open water swimming competitions, with water temperature from 20 C, swimsuits for both men and women shall not cover the neck, nor extend past the shoulder, nor extend below the ankle. Subject to these specific shape specifications, swimsuits for open water swimming competitions shall further comply with all other requirements applicable to swimsuits for pool swimming competition.

BL 8.5 From the 1st of January 2017, for open water swimming competitions in water with temperature below 20 C, men and women may use either swimsuits (BL 8.4) or wetsuits. When the water temperature is below 18 C, the use of wetsuits is compulsory. For the purpose of these rules, wetsuits are swimsuits made of material providing thermal insulation. Wetsuits for both men and women shall completely cover torso, back, shoulders and knees. They shall not extend beyond the neck, wrists and ankles.

In the intervening period to date it has been realised that an insufficient number of wetsuits have been submitted for FINA approval to provide a worldwide choice to athletes.  On 11th January 2017, further information was circulated by FINA as follows:

 Therefore during 2017, control of wetsuits at the Open Water Swimming competition will be done directly by the Technical Officials prior to the competition. The wetsuits should meet minimum requirements for coverage – wetsuit must completely cover torso, back, shoulders and knees, and shall not extend beyond the neck, wrists and ankles. In addition, the outer surface of the used wetsuits shall not include outstanding shapes, such as ridges, fins etc. Details on exact procedure for control and confirmation of wetsuits at the FINA competition will be available from the official FINA Technical Delegate prior to the competition.  

This rule change has been brought about to increase safety for competitors in water between 16¢ª- 18¢ª (compulsory) and 18¢ª – 20¢ª (optional).  In accordance with other swimsuit rules British Swimming will conform to the intention of the rule.  We do not provide interpretation of FINA rules – only FINA as the governing body can interpret their own rules. 

However, to provide guidance, the discussion to date has been around what would constitute coverage of the shoulder.  An informed view is that to ensure complete coverage of the shoulder the wetsuit must include a sleeve, as a minimum polo or ¡®T¡¯ shirt length covering the full shoulder and upper arm in order to maintain shoulder cover during swimming, full arm to wrist has been suggested although elbows do not feature in the rule, whereas coverage of knees as a mid-limb joint in respect of leg length of a wetsuit is.

 It is expected that officials will apply common sense when dealing with references to neck, wrists and ankles.  As in all OW events held in the home countries of England Scotland and Wales the Chief Referee will have responsibility for the overall management of the rules.




2015 Wilts Competition.

2014 Wilts Competition.

Achieved Results.