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Sunday, May 11, 2014

What Is Acceptable In The Open Water Swimming World?

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

There are all kinds of swim caps available for competitive pool swimmers, open water swimmers, marathon swimmers, and triathletes.

While 99% of swimmers use standard latex or silicone swim caps, Headcovers Unlimited offers a vast range of swim caps for the competitive swimmer, the recreational athlete and fitness swimmer of all ages (see here).

Various governing bodies throughout the open water swimming community currently allow different types of swim caps of different configurations and thicknesses to be worn. However, during this year, the types, configurations and thicknesses of swim caps that will be allowed in different channel and marathon swims may be more specifically defined. Most probably, chin straps will be disallowed while bubble caps may also be outlawed for standard, unassisted swims.

While neoprene caps and double capping (i.e., the simultaneous wearing of two standard caps) are currently disallowed by many organizations and races, there are additional issues to consider such as cap thickness, floral caps, and bubble caps without chin straps. It will be interesting to see how the governing bodies make these determinations.

Stay tuned.

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