FINA has recenlty approved a number of changes to the Swimming Rules at a recent Extraordinary Congress in DOHA. Consequently, there have been changes to the following Swimming New South Wales Rules, which are effective immediately:-

SW 2.1.11 (addition)

A disqualification for starting before the starting signal must be observed and confirmed by the Starter and the Referee

SW 2.1.12 (previously numbered SNSW rule 2.1.3 renumbered and addition to wording)

The Referee shall disqualify any swimmer for any other violation of the rules that he ersonally observes. The Referee may also disqualify a swimmer for any violation reported to him by other authorised officials. All disqualifications are subject to the decision of the Referee.

Swimming NSW rule 2.1 has been renumbered from SW 2.1.3.


In individual events of 800 and 1500 metres, each an Inspector of Turns at the start or turning end of the pool shall record the number of laps completed by the swimmer in his lane and keep the swimmer informed of the remaining number of laps to be completed by displaying “lap cards”. Semi-Electronic equipment may be used, including underwater display.



Prior to the starting signal, the swimmers shall line up in the water, facing the starting end, with both hands holding the starting grips. Standing in or on the gutter or bending the toes over the lip of the gutter is prohibited. When using a backstroke ledge at the start, the toes of both feet must be in contact with the end wall or face of the touchpad. Bending the toes over the top of the touchpad is prohibited.

SW6.2 (additional rule – renumber thereafter)

When a backstroke ledge is being used, each Inspector of Turns at the starting end shall install and remove the ledge after the start.


After the start and after each turn, the swimmer may take one arm stroke completely back to the legs during which the swimmer may be submerged. At any time prior to the first breaststroke kick after the start and after each turn a single butterfly kick is permitted during the first arm stroke followed by a breaststroke kick.

Swimming NSW Technical Swimming Committee
22 December 2014

See Also

Backstroke Start Ledge
Backstroke Start Ledge