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CAPE LONG DISTANCE SWIMMING ASSOCIATION RULES

Information on Long Distance Swims

1. RULES

The CLDSA officiates all swims in accordance to the rules of the World Open Water Swim Association, which include the following: 
1.1  You shall not be permitted to use or wear any device or swimsuit that may aid your speed, buoyancy, heat retention or endurance (such as wetsuit, webbed gloves, paddles, fins, etc.
1.2  You are permitted to grease your body before a swim.
1.3  You may wear goggles and one cap (silicone). Neoprene caps, or others made from or any other material which offers similar heat retention properties are not permitted.
1.4  The SWIMMER must make sure that their costume and cap are of an approved type before commencing the swim, as the you run the risk of not being recognised should the cap and costume not conform.  
1.5  The OBSERVER shall be requested to confirm that the swim wear regulations have been adhered to. This should be done before the start and at the completion. The observer will of the swim will complete the CHECKLIST supplied for our record. (See Annexure 3) Please note that it is the SWIMMER'S responsibility to ensure this checklist is completed and signed by OBSERVER.
1.6  You may wear ONE swimming costume that conforms to the following specifications: 

- Costume' A Standard Swim Costume'
The costume - for both males and female - shall be of a material not offering thermal protection or buoyancy and shall be sleeveless and legless: "Sleeveless"" shall mean the costume must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm: "Legless"" shall mean that the costume may not extend on to the upper leg, below the level of the groin.

CLICK HERE to see CLDSA acceptable Swimwear

- No wetsuits allowed
- No body suits allowed

1.7  For a Swim to be officially recognised: The swimmer must enter the sea from the shore of departure and swim across to finish on dry land. 
1.8  The timing of a swim shall start from the moment the swimmer enters the water until he completes the swim as laid down above.
1.9  During the swim no physical contact with the swimmer shall be made by any person, and swimmer may not touch the boat or accompanying craft.
1.10 The swimmer must wear at least two light sticks at night.
1.11 The minimum age for an official CLDSA swim is 12 years old on the day of the swim.
       1.11.1  Between the ages of 12 and 18, swimmer’s must complete a qualifying swim/swims, this will be determined by weather conditions on the day of qualifying. General rules are – swim for 1 hour in 12 degrees or should the water be warmer, the swimmer is required to swim for 1 ½ hours. 
       1.11.2  A swimmer with a disability will need to supply a letter from their physician giving them medical approval prior to an extreme swim.

NOTE: A swimmer must complete a CLDSA Indemnity Form when they sign up for a swim (this is done within the online registration with Big Bay Events)

1.12  The appointed OBSERVER, shall be in sole charge of the timing of the swim and shall be responsible for observing compliance with the CLDSA Rules, subject to ratification by the CLDSA Committee if needs be.
1.13  The decision of the CLDSA OBSERVER shall be binding.
1.14  Additional: Relay Teams
         1.14.1  May consist of two, three or four members. Team Members' names shall be given to the Official Observer before the commencement of the swim. Thereafter, substitutions will not be permitted.
         1.14.2  All Relay Team Members - Must be aged 12 years or older on the day the swim commences and at least half (50%) of the team must be 16 years old or older on the day the swim commences. Teams consisting of less than 4 persons, all members must be over 16 years of age.
         1.14.3  On receipt of a time signal, a take-over must be made within five minutes of the ending of the preceding swimmer's leg. In order to affect the take-over, the new swimmer shall swim up from behind the preceding swimmer.
         1.14.4  Team members shall rotate in the same order throughout the swim.

2. PROCEDURE

2.1  Applications to swim must be made timeously.
2.2  You must be a MEMBER of the CLDSA for the current season which runs from 1 July to 30 June.  
       2.2.1  It is imperative that you read and sign the SWIM INDEMNITY & WAIVER (within the reg. process via Big Bay Events)
2.3  Complete the online SWIM APPLICATION form on www.bigbayevents.co.za 
2.4  Medal application form (Annexure 2)
2.5  Mervyn Bremner and Derrick Frazer are our official Swim Coordinators and will handle the organisation of swims with all relevant parties, including Robben Island authorities.
2.6  You must notify the Swim Coordinators 48 hours (2 full days) before your planned swim - Mervyn Bremner (+27) 82 457 1242 and Derrick Frazer (+27) 82 770 5798. 
2.7  For record or inaugural swim attempts, there must be at least two CLDSA members as witnesses.

3. RECOGNITION OF SWIMS

3.1  Awards (certificates) are handed out at the end of each season (30 June) at the AGM & Awards Ceremony. Medals must be purchased before 30 June each year.
3.2  Sea swims over 7km receive a bronze medal; any sea swim over 10km receives a silver medal; a record for any officially recognized swim receives a gold medal.       

4. LIST OF RECOGNISED SWIMS

A list of swims can be found on the CLDSA website under Records Database or Swims & Routes. Any other swim will need to be pre-approved by the CLDSA before attempting.

Here is a list the most popular swims that are recognised as OFFICIAL CLDSA swims: 
- Robben Island to Blouberg 7,4km
- Bouberg to Robben Island 7,4km
- Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island 10,2km
- Robben Island to Three Anchor Bay 10,2km
- Three Anchor Bay to Robben Island to Blouberg 20,4km (Dog leg)
- Blouberg to Robben Island to Three Anchor Bay 20,4km (reverse Dog Leg)

5. SWIM FEES 2019/2020

Swim fee                        R200
Medal                             R450
Annual membership    R275 (Due before 30 June each year)

(Foreign swimmers are requested to pay when they are in South Africa)

6. MEDAL APPLICATION ONLY

6.1  You will have to comply with “Channel” Rules (see point 1 - 1.13)
6.2  You will need to be a current member of the CLDSA to apply for a medal;
6.3  You may apply for a medal for a long distance open water inland swim though inland swims would have to be at least 10km.
6.4  The cost of the medal is R450.
6.5  The cut-off dates for medal application is 30 June for the Awards Ceremony that year. After that date, you would need to make arrangements (at your cost) to receive your medal.
6.6  For swims not on our recognized list of swims, the medals will be awarded at the discretion of the CLDSA.
6.7  Medal application form (Annexure 2)

ANNEXURE 2 (COPY ANNEXURE 2 ONTO AN EMAIL)
           
MEDAL APPLICATION FORM
DEADLINE DATE: 30 June (every year) 

If you would like to receive a medal at our Awards Ceremony late in the year, please order and pay for it/them by 30 June.
Your CLDSA Membership must be up to date (annual membership) as only members are invited to attend the medal ceremony/AGM. Each season runs from 1 July to 30 June.

Cost is R450 per medal

Send an email with your POP to: 
admin@cldsa.co.za and treasurer@cldsa.co.za 
Subject line Medal Order.

Name - Your name as you would like it to appear on the medal
Route - Swim route eg Robben Island to Big Bay or Cape Point etc
Date - Date of actual swim
Time - Your official time in hours & minutes (this will be verified with our database)
Payment - Amount paid, attach proof of payment

Banking details will be supplied when applying for a medal.

ANNEXURE 3

SWIM CHECKLIST

DATE OF SWIM
SWIMMER’S NAME
SWIM ROUTE
SWIMWEAR/GOGGLE/CAP (CONFORM TO CLDSA RULES)
START TIME
FINISH TIME
TOTAL TIME
SEA TEMPERATURE
COMMENTS
BOATMAN NAME
VALID CPR/LEVEL 1 FIRST AID CERTIFICATE HELD BY THE BOATMAN
OBSERVER NAME
OBSERVER SIGNATURE


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