Rules to play Finswimming
Finswimming is an underwater sport consisting of four techniques involving swimming .
Finswimming is an underwater sport consisting of four techniques involving swimming with the use of fins either on the waters surface using a snorkel with either monofins or bifins i.e. one fin for each foot or underwater with monofin either by holding ones breath or using open circuit scuba diving equipment. Events exist over distances similar to swimming competitions for both swimming pool and open water venues. Competition at world and continental level is organised by the Conf
2. Classes of competition
Competition is divided in two classes: swimming pool and long distance also called open water.
A swimming pool must be 50 m long by 21 m wide and 1.8 m deep, i.e. an Olympicsize swimming pool also known as a long course pool suitable for the holding of swimming races for either the Olympic Games and a FINA world championships.The International Rules do not permit the use of 25m length pools known as short course although these are used in regional and national competition.
Long distance sites include both the sea and natural water bodies such as freshwater rivers and lakes. Site selection criteria include low current and tides and water quality appropriate for swimming as certified by a local authority. The site, when in use for competition, will be marked by buoys, patrolled by safety boats and will have observation points or additional boats for judges to oversee any turns present in the course.
3. Surface swimming
Surface swimming also known by its acronym, SF is swimming on the surface of water using mask, snorkel and monofins. SF races are held for distances of 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500, 4 ? 100 relay and 4 ? 200 relay metres in swimming pools and over various long distances in the openwater environment. Swimmers must remain on the surface of the water at all times for the duration of the race except when starting or make a turns at the end of a swimming pool where an immersion over a distance of 15m is permitted.
4. Apnoea finswimming
Apnoea finswimming also known by its acronym, AP, and as apnoea or apnea is underwater swimming in a swimming pool using mask, monofin and holding ones breath. AP races are held for the distance of 50m. A swimmers face must be immersed for the duration of the race or risk disqualification. AP races are not conducted in open water for safety and security reasons.
5. Immersion swimming with breathing
Immersion swimming with breathing apparatus also known by its acronym, IM, and as immersion is underwater swimming using mask, monofin and underwater breathing apparatus conducted in a swimming pool. While there are no requirements on how a breathing apparatus is carried, it cannot be exchanged or abandoned during a race. IM races are held for distances of 100 and 400 m. A swimmers face must be immersed for the duration of the race or risk disqualification. IM races are not conducted in open water for safety and security reasons.Historically, IM swims were conducted in openwater up to distances of 1000m.
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