There are 3 categories of swim attire:
- Standard “Skins”
Each category has their own permissible swimming aids.
- You may wear one cap, but it must not extend below the bottom of the earlobes. The cap must be made of latex, silicon or cloth and only one cap may be used at a time. Neoprene caps, or others made from or any other material which offers similar heat retention properties are not permitted.
- You may wear one pair of standard goggles. Smart goggles are allowed.
- Ear plugs and nose clips are permitted.
- At least two light sticks or flashing lights are required for safety at night.
- A watch may be worn at swimmer’s discretion.
- A heart rate strap may be worn.
- You are permitted to grease your body and/or apply sun screen before a swim.
- No music or communication devices are allowed.
- Shark repellent devices are permitted to be attached to the boat or the swimmer.
- Jellyfish sweepers are allowed.
- Tow-floats are allowed only if prior permission is received from the CLDSA Committee. If used, they can only be used as a safety device (for the purpose of marking the swimmer) and cannot be held onto.
- The following are not permitted: flotation devices such as pull buoys, wetsuits, booties, gloves, hoodies, rash vests, stinger vests, body suits, flippers and hand paddles.
- You may wear ONE swimming costume that conforms to the following specifications:
- The costume shall be of a material not offering thermal protection or buoyancy and shall be sleeveless and legless and not extend onto the neck;
- "Sleeveless" shall mean the costume must not extend beyond the end of the shoulder onto the upper arm; and
- "Legless" shall mean that the costume may not extend on to the lower leg, below the level of the groin.
- The swimmer must make sure that their costume and cap are of an approved type before commencing the swim, as the swim may not be recognised should the cap and costume not conform.
- A neoprene wetsuit is allowed with a maximum thickness of 5mm on any area of the body.
- No gloves, booties or hoodies are allowed.
- This category also covers bathing costumes that don’t conform to a standard “skins” swimming attire
- You may wear up to two caps, but they must not extend below the bottom of the earlobes. The caps must be made of latex, silicon or cloth and a maximum of two caps may be used at a time. Neoprene caps, or others made from any other material which offers similar heat retention properties are not permitted.
- Certain floatation devices (for example a pull buoy) may be allowed with prior approval on presentation of a doctor’s certificate under this category.
- Tow-floats are allowed (if prior approval is received from the committee). If used, they can only be used as a safety device (for the purpose of marking the swimmer) and cannot be held onto.
- No propulsion devices (such as flippers or paddles) are permissible in this category
- A burkini will be considered in this category.
- The wearing of rash vests or stinger suits are allowed in this category.
- No music, pacing or communication devices are allowed (for safety reasons).
- Any other assistance required on a swim will be classified as “assisted” these incorporate, but are not restricted to the following:
- Equipment that increases warmth not allowed under wetsuits: wetsuits thicker than 5mm, gloves, booties, hoodies (including neoprene caps);
- Equipment that increases speed including: flippers, paddles;
- Equipment that increases buoyancy including: tow-float, pull-buoy; and
- Auditory pacing aids and music ear pieces are not allowed (for safety reasons).
- For this category, an application needs to be made to the CLDSA committee before the swim. The application should state all swimming aids to be used on the swim.
The following table summarises what is allowed in each category. Anything omitted from this table can be enquired upon in writing.
| ||Allowed in category?|
|Goggles (including smart goggles)||Y||Y||Y|
|Heart rate monitor||Y||Y||Y|
|Shark repellent devices attached to boat or body||Y||Y||Y|
|Nightsticks and flashing lights||Y||Y||Y|
|Tow-float||Y (with permission)||Y (with permission)||Y|
|Pull buoy|| ||Y (medical note)||Y|
|Wet suits ≤5mm|| ||Y||Y|
|Rash vest/stinger suit|| ||Y||Y|
|Body suit|| ||Y||Y|
|2 caps|| ||Y||Y|
|Wet suits >5mm|| || ||Y|
|Flippers|| || ||Y|
|Hand paddle|| || ||Y|
|3+ caps|| || ||Y|
|Neoprene hat|| || ||Y|
|Gloves|| || ||Y|
|Booties|| || ||Y|
|Auditory pacing aids|| || || |
|Music ear-piece|| || || |