Masters Must Swim Between 18° and 31°C

At the FINA Masters Extraordinary Congress in Barcelona, FINA essentially reiterated its decisions regarding water temperature ranges.

For FINA-sanctioned races, the water temperature must be between 18° and 31°C.

While we believe that the 31°C temperature maximum is much too high for elite competitors in 5 km, 10 km, and 25 km competitions, we most definitely believe that the 31°C maximum is much to high for masters swimmers to swim safely. If we simply conduct a review of the medical and research literature from other sources, it is clear that water temperatures up in the 31°C range for competitive athletes is unhealthful and unsafe.

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