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Rules and Regulation


Masters Open Water Swimming shall be defined as any event for which the distance is greater than 1500 metres and where entry is restricted to Master swimmers.

The Open Water Swimming Rules in Part IV of the FINA Handbook shall apply to Masters Open Water Swimming with the following exceptions.

MOWS 1 Masters Open Water Swimming events will be up to 5 km.

MOWS 2 Age Groups for Open Water Swimming are the same as for Masters Swimming Individual Events (MSW 1.1)

MOWS 3 The water temperature shall be measured within 30 minutes before start of race and must be a minimum of 18 C and maximum of 31 C. The water temperature shall be certified by the Safety Officer as measured in as near to the middle of the course as possible at a depth of 40 cm.

MOWS 4 It shall be compulsory for all swimmers to wear highly visible coloured swim caps.

MOWS 5 At all Masters Open Water events the safety of the competition shall be of paramount importance.