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Open Water Team Pursuit Rules

The Open water pursuit or team pursuit are races generally between 2 – 5 km that can be
loop, out-and-back or point-to-point courses open to swimmers of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

In the team pursuit (or team time trial), athletes swim closely together with teammates whose number varies race to race. In the European Open Water Swimming Championships and World Swimming
Championships, the number of athletes is three, two of one gender and one of the other
gender.

Teammates start, swim and finish together with each team set off in separate staggered starts. The staggered starts can be 10 – 60 seconds apart depending on the race. In the European Open Water Swimming Championships and World Swimming Championships, the team are separated by 60 seconds.

As in cycling, the Team Pursuit encourages swimmers to form an aquatic peloton and utilize all the requisite drafting, positioning, navigating and pacing skills of open water swimming. The Team Pursuit places a premium on drafting, positioning, navigating and pacing. The closer and straighter the swimmers swim together, the faster their time will generally be.


Rules
* The Team Pursuit start can be on shore at the water's edge, from a fixed or floating pontoon or in the water.
* The Team Pursuit can be done in either the clockwise or counterclockwise direction, depending on the course layout.
* The Team Pursuit finish can be on shore at the water’s edge or through a finish chute, at a fixed or floating pontoon structure or a rope in the water on the water’s surface.
* The Team Pursuit finish time is the time that the last swimmer of the team crosses or touches the finish line.
* The swimmers can swim as close to one another or as far apart from one another as they wish. However, their final time is the time of the last swimmer.
* Each team is separately set off in staggered starts that can range from 10 – 60 seconds depending on the race and the decision of the Race Director. Each team will be set off in equal intervals (e.g., between 10 – 60 seconds).
* It is the responsibility of each team to have all their swimmers in their designated starting position at the time their team is set off by the Starter. If all the teammates are not in the designated starting position, the team is still set off and it is the responsibility of the teammates to finish together.
* Each swimmer shall have the same team number. That is, the team members shall be numbered on their shoulders, wrists and backs with the same team number.
* The start list shall be randomly selected before the race and it is the responsibility for each Team to be at the starting line at the appropriate time.
* If one team catches up to another team, it is their responsible to swim around the slower team. The standard rules of open water swimming shall apply at all times. That is, impeding or unsportsmanlike conduct by one swimmer will result in a yellow card or disqualification of the entire team. At any time in the race, impeding other swimmers or teams or committing unsportsmanlike behavior will not be tolerable and will result in a warning, yellow card or disqualification.
* Drafting off of other swimmers or teams is acceptable and part of the Team Pursuit concept.
* Age classifications are determined by the Race Director.
* Athletes from different registered teams may swim together unless mixed teams are not allowed by the Race Director.
* Athletes of different genders may swim together unless not allowed by the Race Director.
* If the race has gender-separate divisions and a team has one male member, then it will be entered as a male team. Only if a team consists of all females is the team defined as a female team.
* Local or national regulations on swimsuits shall apply depending on the decision of the Race Director. If there are wetsuit and non-wetsuit divisions and one member wears a wetsuit, then it will be entered as a wetsuit team. Only if a team has all non-wetsuit swimmers is the team defined as a non-wetsuit team.
* Awards and award categories are the decision of the Race Director.
* For purposes of announcing and awards, each team shall enter a Team Name. Colorful and interesting names are are encouraged. Foul or suggestive names will not be honored.

The Team Pursuit is called such for the following reasons:
* swimmers swimming together in a pack is not a relay in the traditional sense long-track speed skating has made this pursuit concept known.
* the teams start in a staggered start
* pursuit gives the nuance that teams are swimming fast

The Future

Beginning at the 2011 World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China, FINA will add a three-person, mixed-gender 5K Team Time Trial Relay to the open water swimming program (that currently includes 5K, 10K and 25K races).

Advice for Teams
* Determine with your teammates how you will position yourself throughout the swim.
* Determine who will lead, who will draft and when positions will change throughout the race.
* Determine how each team member will change positions during the race (e.g., every 100 strokes, every turn buoys, when the lead swimmer falls back into position).
* Determine if you will swim directly behind your teammates or if your teammates will draft off of your hip. Practice drafting with your teammates at the pool via paceline work.

Open Water Team Pursuit Rules

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The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

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Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

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The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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