Rules for Recognition of Relay Swims and Records
1. Each team shall consist of two to six swimmers all of whom must be members of the BLDSA.
2. The names of the two to six swimmers shall be given to the Observer before the start of the swim. Thereafter there shall be no substitution whatsoever.
3. Each swimmer shall swim for one hour each time he/she enters the water.
4. On receipt of a time signal, a takeover must be made within five minutes of the preceding swimmer’s hour ending. During the ‘takeover’ the new swimmer shall swim up from behind the preceding swimmer.
5. Pace making is not allowed.
6. Team members shall rotate in the same order throughout the swim.
7. Members of junior teams must all be under 16 years on the day of the swim.
8. No swimmer under 12 years of age on the day of the swim may take part. Proof of age may be required where the observer is in doubt about the age of the swimmer.
9. An Official Observer acceptable to the British Long Distance Swimming Association shall be present during any Relay Team Swim for it to be considered for recognition. The Observer shall be agreed by arrangement with the Hon. Recorder prior to the swim taking place.
10. The minimum distance for which a Relay Certificate will be issued shall be 20 miles for a one-way swim or 10 miles each way in the case of a multiple way attempt.
11. Only the breaststroke or freestyle strokes will be recognised for record purposes.
12. Light sticks must be used by all swimmers during the hours of darkness, at least two being in use during takeovers.
13. Observers reasonable expenses i.e. Fares, Accommodation etc. shall be borne by the members of the swimming team.
Claims for record times (including inaugural times for a new course)
14. The swim must be observed throughout by an additional witness over 18 years of age acceptable to the Association. Requests for acceptance should be made in writing via the Hon Recorder at least two weeks prior to the attempt.
15. Three synchronised watches must be used.
16. The official time must be the arithmetic mean of the three times.
17. If the fastest of the three watches varies by more than one minute in two hours from the second fastest, then the fastest time must be ignored. The official time will be the arithmetic mean of both remaining times.
18. A record will not be recognised unless the new time reduces the previous record by at least one minute.
19. In the case of strokes other than freestyle, the additional witness must be approved by the BLDSA Emergency Committee to act as the observer of stroke.
Swimmers shall not use any aids to swimming other than one sleeveless and legless costume, one cap and goggles.
Sleeveless shall mean the costume must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm and legless shall mean the costume must not extend lower than the crotch onto the upper leg.
No neoprene or other insulating/buoyancy enhancing material may be used for any purpose, including caps. No costume must extend outside the highlighted area detailed in the picture below. Wetsuits are not permitted.
Please give a copy of the rules to your witnesses and support crew
June 2012 GES
*Please ask the Recorder for advice regarding Rule 5