New U.S. Masters Swimming Rules For 2015

New U.S. Masters Swimming Rules For 2015

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Below are the new water temperature rules for U.S. Masters Swimming, effective January 1st 2015:

302.2.2: Water Conditions
A: Water Temperature
(1) A swim shall not begin if the water temperature is less than 60°F (15.6°C), unless heat-retaining swimwear is required of all swimmers or a USMS-approved thermal plan is in place.

(2) A swim in which heat retaining swimwear is required of all swimmers shall not begin if the water temperature is less than 57°F (13.9°C) unless a USMS-approved thermal plan is in place.

(3) A swim shall not begin if the water temperature exceeds 85°F (29.45°C).

Anna Lea Matysek, Membership Director of U.S. Masters Swimming, explains the new rules, “Swims may be held in water that is below 57°F as long as the organizers have a plan in place to deal with a swimmer who might suffer from hypothermia during the swim.”

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