Every place where sports competitions are held has specific regulations. It occurs with football or basketball fields, racing tracks, and even natural settings, such as rivers where aquatic disciplines are practiced. Of course, the same goes for swimming pools with a lifeguard course.
The International Swimming Federation (FINA), as the body that regulates this sport worldwide, is responsible for legislating on the standards that must be met for the approval of a pool for competitive purposes.
Of course, this organization is also in charge of controlling its compliance and organizing competitions in authorized places. We will delve into these requirements below.
Regulation for swimming pools
What aspects are included in these rules that both clubs and public and private sports institutions must comply with? In the following lines, we will list the main issues included in the official regulation of the Royal Spanish Swimming Federation, which also follows the FINA guidelines:
The tolerance in both cases ranges from 0 to 0.03 meters.
On the other hand, with regard to the width, for the official tests, a width of 25 meters is used with the lifeguard course. There may be smaller pools, which are used for junior or youth categories.
Regarding the depth, the minimum is 1.80 meters, while the streets must have a minimum width of two meters each, with a maximum of 2.50 meters. The floating lines that divide them must be between 0.25 and 0.30 meters wide and 21 or 46 meters long, depending on the length of the pool.
The main thing in terms of swimming pool safety measures has to do with non-slip walls. Clearly, this also encompasses the starting platforms where competitors stand at the start of a race.
Likewise, it must have the appropriate equipment for water treatment, which according to the regulations must guarantee its health. The water temperature must be between 25 and 28 ° C and the use of saltwater is not allowed.
The environment of the enclosure in which the swimming pool is located is also regulated. In this sense, the ambient temperature should be one or two degrees higher than the water temperature, never exceeding 28 ° C. The humidity must be between 55% and 65%.
Other questions about swimming pools
Beyond the notions and basic rules described above, there are also other complementary elements that are included in the conditioning of a swimming pool for the lifeguard course.
One of them, for example, is lighting, which must be uniform, artificial, and in line with the UNE-EN 12193 standard. Meanwhile, international competitions require more modern facilities, which vary mainly in specific technical matters.
Likewise, we also have the use of technological elements such as touch panels, which allow automatic control of the times recorded by athletes. These have measures that they must comply with since they could affect the length of the pool glasses.
Before concluding, it is necessary to clarify that this regulation also covers other disciplines, such as water polo. For this sport, the pool must have a distance of 25 or 30 meters between goals –for women and men, respectively–, always with a width of 20 meters. Depth remains the same as swimming depth.
Something similar happens with swimming pools for competition jumps. In this case, variables such as the measures of trampolines and platforms and their distance in relation to the water come into play.
Finally, synchronized swimming also requires particular measures. However, in most cases the short pools comply with this rule, so the minimum measurements are not a problem when establishing the dispute scenario for this type of swimming.
World Open Water Swimming Circuit
The world championships and the Olympic Games of swimming with lifeguard course in short or long pools attract the attention of the public and specialists. However, the open water modality also has specific competitions in which the best exponents worldwide participate.
One of these events is precisely the World Open Water Swimming Circuit. Have you heard of him? If this is not the case, in the following article we intend to help you. We will inform you about the characteristics and particularities of one of the most important open-water swimming events in the world.
World Open Water Swimming Circuit
Its original name in English is World Open Water Swimming Series, hence its acronym WOWSS. It is an annual circuit of open water swimming events organized by the WOWSA (World Open Water Swimming Association). The venues of these competitions vary according to each season. These are some of those that makeup or were part of the calendar:
- AQuellé Midmar Mile.
- Miami Mile.
- The crossing.
- Jax Sheko Challenge.
- The Henley Mile.
- Hellespont and Dardanelles.
- Aichi Crossing.
- BCT Gdynia Marathon.
- Waikiki Roughwater Swim.
- Swim The Island.
- The Five.
- The King and Queen of the Sea (Rei e Rainha do Mar).
- Stroke for Egypt.