F.A.Q.


Wet Suits

Participants shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. Any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified.

Emergencies

A swimmer experiencing difficulty and in need of assistance shall raise an arm overhead, and pump it up and down, and call or seek assistance. A swimmer, who has received official assistance, whether voluntary or involuntary, must retire and withdraw from the remainder of the race unless such assistance did not aid the swimmer in making forward progress. No swimmer shall return to the race if the official rendering assistance requests that the participant withdraw from the race or receive medical assistance.

Measuring Water Temperature

It is recommended, but not required that the water temperature for a race be finally determined by a measurement made within 2 hours of the race start. A water temperature measurement should also be taken prior to any pre-race meetings in order to forecast to the athletes as early as possible the likely water temperature on race day and the likelihood of whether wet suits will be allowed on race day. We will do our best to watch water temperature prior to events.

Equipment

A swimmer shall wear the proper official swim cap corresponding to his/her event and/or wave. The penalty for an infraction of this rule is a variable time penalty. For safety reasons if no official cap is provided, all swimmers should wear their own brightly colored swim caps. Swimmers may wear, but shall not be required to wear, swim goggles or face masks

Resting or Contact with the bottom

A participant may stand on the bottom or rest by holding an inanimate object such as a buoy, boat, rope or floating object. Excluding the bottom, a participant shall not use any inanimate object to gain forward progress. A violation of this section shall result in a variable time penalty, unless the Head Referee in his/her sole discretion determines that (i) the violation was substantial and resulted in an unfair time advantage, or (ii) the violation constituted endangerment.

Parking

Sand Key Park does require everyone to have a parking pass. The fee is $5 for the day. The parking fee is not included in the entry fee.

Cancellation of Event

I FURTHER UNDERSTAND THAT THE RACE MAY BE CANCELLED, DELAYED OR ALTERED IN THE EVENT OF WEATHER OR OTHER CONDITIONS NOT IN THE CONTROL OF RACE ORGANIZERS AND MY ENTRY FEE WILL NOT BE REFUNDED FOR ANY REASON.

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