FAQ: “Do you wear a wetsuit?”

In accordance with FINA and Channel swimming rules, NO wetsuits are permitted in order for a swim to be ratified.

“No person in an attempt to swim the Channel shall use or be assisted by an artificial aid of any kind, but is permitted to grease the body before a swim, use goggles, wear one cap, nose clip, ear plugs and one costume. A Standard Swim Costume (for both sexes) 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 crotch.” Further, all swimsuits must be made from textile materials (no synthetics, neoprene, etc).


For more information, please visit www.fina.org or www.channelswimmingassociation.com.

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