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Rules and Regulation


Length: 50.0 metres between the Automatic Officiating Equipment touch panels, except for the World Swimming Championships (25m), which shall be 25.0 metres between the Automatic Officiating Equipment touch panels at the starting end and the wall or touch panels at the turning end.

FR 3.1 Dimensional Tolerances as in FR 2.2.1.

FR 3.2 Width: 25.0 metres for Olympic Games and World Championships.

FR 3.3 Depth: 2 Metres (minimum); 3 metres recommended, when using the pool for multi
disciplines i.e. synchronised swimming.

FR 3.4 Walls: as in FR 2.4.1.

FR 3.5 Pools for Olympic Games and World Championships must be equipped with flush
walls (consistently flat) at both ends.

FR 3.6 Number of lanes: 8 (eight), for World Championships and Olympic Games: 10 (ten).

FR 3.7 Lanes shall be 2.5 metres wide with 2 spaces 2.5 metres wide outside of lanes 1 – 8.
There must be a lane rope separating these spaces from lanes 1 and 8 for Olympic Games and
world championships. If 10 lanes, these must be marked from 0 to 9.

FR 3.8 Lane Ropes: Lane Ropes shall extend the full length of the course, secured at each
end wall to anchor brackets recessed into the end walls. The anchor shall be positioned so that
the floats at each end wall of the pool shall be on the surface of the water. Each lane rope will
consist of floats placed end-to-end having a minimum diameter of 0.05 metre to a maximum of
0.15 metre.

In a swimming pool the colour of the lane ropes should be as follows:

  • Two (2) GREEN ropes for lanes 0 and 9
  • Six (6) BLUE ropes for lanes 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8
  • Three (3) YELLOW ropes for lanes 4, 5

The floats extending for a distance of 5.0 metres from each end of the pool shall be of RED colour.

There shall not be more than one lane rope between each lane. The lane ropes shall be firmly

FR 3.9 Starting Platforms: as in FR 2.7.
Except the surface area shall be at least 0.5 metres wide X 0.6 metres in length and covered with
non-slip material. False start control equipment must be installed.

FR 3.10 Numbering: as in FR 2.8.

FR 3.11 Backstroke turn indicators: as in FR 2.9, Flagged ropes must be 1.8 metres above the
water surface. Flags must be fixed to the ropes having the following dimensions: 0.20m metres on
the rope forming a triangle measuring 0.40 metres on the sides. The distance between each flag
must be 0.25metres. If the flags are printed with or support / carry any signage this must be
approved in advance by FINA

FR 3.12 False Start Rope: as in FR 2.10

FR 3.13 Water Temperature: as in FR 2.11

FR 3.14 Lighting: Light intensity over the whole pool shall not be less than 1500 lux.

FR 3.15 Lane Markings: as in FR 2.13. The distance between the centre points of each lane
shall be 2.5 metres

FR 3.16 If the swimming pool and the diving well are in the same area the minimum distance
separating the pools shall be 5.0 metres. For pools constructed from 1 January 2014 the
minimum distance separating the pool shall be a minimum of 8 metres however 10 metres is