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World Games – Open Water Swimming Course. Turn Buoy #4. Turn Buoy #3. 350 meters. 2 loops . 17.5 meters. 175 meters. 175 meters. Turn Buoy #5. Turn Buoy #2. Turn Buoy #1. 15 meters. On-the-beach Start and Finish . Beach . Procession of Athletes to Start.

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world games open water swimming course
World Games – Open Water Swimming Course

Turn Buoy #4

Turn Buoy #3

350 meters

2 loops

17.5 meters

175 meters

175 meters

Turn Buoy #5

Turn Buoy #2

Turn Buoy #1

15 meters

On-the-beach Start and Finish

Beach

Procession of Athletes to Start

open water swimming position number of officials
Open Water Swimming Position & Number of Officials

Head Referee

Kayak #2

Lead Kayak

Jet Ski #2

Lifeguard #3

Lifeguard #1

Lifeguard #2

Assistant Referee

Lifeguard #4

Jet Ski #1

Clerk of Course

3 Timers and Assistants

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POW (Pool Open Water) Course in 50-meter Pool

Swim competition

Swim direction

Start

Four outer turn buoys positioned near intersection of backstroke flags and lanes 2 or 7

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POW Racing Guidelines

  • The Start: The start will be in the water where all swimmers must have one hand on the start rope. A maximum of 12 swimmers are in each heat, but this maximum number can be changed at the referee’s discretion. If all the swimmers in a heat cannot be line up on the starting rope, then some swimmers will be start behind the first group. The position of the swimmers at the start in crowded heats will be determined by a random draw. Each swimmer will select sticks from a bin. Each stick will have a number of it and will indicate the position of the swimmer at the start (e.g., #1 swimmer will get on the inside on the first row while #12 swimmer will start from the outside on the back row).
  • Swim Caps: Each swimmer will wear a numbered cap (i.e., #1 swimmer will wear cap #1, #2 swimmer will wear cap #2 and so on). In races where males and females are racing together, the caps of the males and females will be different. The numbered caps enable the swimmers to understand the Referee’s instructions.
  • Race Countdown: A 1-minute and 15-second warning will be given by the referee. If any swimmer is not in position by the 15-second warning, he or she will be immediately disqualified and will be asked to leave the pool. No final countdown is provided. The swimmer simply go at the start signal of the Head Referee. If any swimmer jumps the starting gun, beep or whistle, he or she will be immediately disqualified.
  • Turn Buoys: If the POW Race is conducted in the counter-clockwise direction, the swimmers must keep all the four turn buoys off of their left shoulder around each turn buoy. In the clockwise direction, the swimmers must keep the turn buoys off of their right shoulder.
  • Timing: Automatic timing can be used, but placing is the goal of POW Races.
  • The Bell Lap: As the first swimmer starts the last loop, the Referee will ring a bell indicating 1 loop remains.
  • Disqualifications: Swimmers can be disqualified for making intentional contact, obstruction or interference with another swimmer. Such unsportsmanlike conduct is judged either by the referee or assistant referee, who are located on opposite sides of the pool deck. A warning can be given by the Referees and is indicated by a whistle and a lap counter indicating the swimmer’s number. At the first rule infraction, the swimmer will be warned. At the second infringement, the swimmers will be asked to leave the pool.
  • The Finish: The finish is judged when the competitors either cross the plane of the finish or who pulls him/herself up and sits on the deck as determined by the referee.