The organisers of The Big Swim, Palm Beach to Whale Beach, this weekend have made this change to their rules ...
"Swimmers must wear only conventional swimming costumes made from lycra and/or nylon and/or polyester. Costumes must contain no neoprene or any other 'high-tech' material or substance or any material with any flotation support. Male swimmers must wear only briefs with no arms, legs or any part of the costume covering their body above the waist. Female swimmers must wear either one or two piece costumes with no arms or legs.
The objective of this rule is to provide a level playing field for swimmers, in which swimmers do not feel the need to use expensive 'high-tech' costumes in order to be competitive, and to confirm that wetsuits are not permitted in competition."
As more than 600 swimmers already have entered The Big Swim under the previous rules, the organisers urge all swimmers to observe this new ruling this weekend as a matter of fair play. It will become a regular condition of The Big Swim rules in subsequent seasons.
This rule is not intended to prevent swimmers wearing conventional rashies or stinger suits for protection from sun and/or stingers, provided those suits aren't made of the materials referred to above.
Since we publicised this ruling in our emailout to NSW ocean swimmers on Monday, January 19, The Byron Bay Swim Classic has made a similar ruling, adopting the same wording as The Big Swim.