+++ The Derwent River Big Swim Rules+++
One swimsuit - refer to point 3 for swimsuit
One bathing cap made of latex or silicone
Goggles, earplugs, and nose clip
Sunscreen and grease
Safety lights for night visibility
Simple timekeeping device
Escort boat, pilot, and crew
Nutrition, and equipment to transport it between the boat and swimmer. The swimmer may not be supported or towed by the feed equipment
Support and/or Escort swimmer(s)
A list of approved swimsuits can be found below.
Is of a woven textile material
Does not cover the neck
For males, the suit must not extend below the groin (no jammers allowed) or above the waist.
For females, it must not extend below the groin, onto the neck, or beyond the shoulder
Does not have a zip or other fastening system
Wear any item with neoprene or any other buoyant material.
Swimmers cannot wear
All solo swimmers must have completed a 6hr open water swim in 16℃ or less within a 2 year time frame prior to the event date, or have completed a similar swim with similar temperatures in the last 2 years to enter. Solo swimmers must show evidence of a qualifying swim in their registration form.
Start and finish of the swim will be under the New Norfolk Bridge. The finish of the swim will be through the Tasman Bridge. The swimmer may exit the water once they are on the other side of the Tasman Bridge and the air horn has sounded the completion of their swim. The only exception is if their chosen exit is blocked, and no other route is available. The swimmer will not be penalised if the pilot deems there is no safe exit point.
Double Swim: the swimmer will abide by the start and finish rules of the swim. Whilst the swimmer is at the half way mark of the swim the swimmer must swim around the chosen pillar if and only it safe to do so. The swimmer will not be penalised if the pilot deems there is no safe turning point.
Double Reverse Swim: the same rules of the Double Swim
Tandem solos are allowed and will share the same support boat
Swimmers must swim within 1 - 20 metres of each other
You must stay with the slowest swimmer
Swimmers can alternate positions
Swimmers must both stay on the same side of the boat. For safety reasons
If the support boat needs to stop to assist one of the swimmers the other swimmer must not, in no circumstance, continue without the support boat
If a swimmer is injured or needs assistance, both swimmers must stop. The other swimmer must stay and tread water until the boat is able to proceed or withdraw from the event due to the support boat requiring action to render the solo swimmer medical assistance
For the swim to be counted towards the Australian Triple Crown, each swimmer must successfully complete their own swim
Swimmers are not permitted to receive any form of assistance during the swim, including drafting, holding on to an escort boat or another swimmer
Relay Swimmers can consist of a two / four / six person team, allowing you and your team to alternate and swim the Derwent River Big Swim together
For two person team, there will be 2 by 1-hour recurring swims till the course is completed
For four person team, there will be 4 by 1-hour recurring swims till the course is completed
For six person team, there will be 6 by 1-hour recurring swims till the course is completed
If the above recurring swims are not adhered to, disqualification will be incurred
During swimmer changeover, swimmers will tag at least 10 metres from the support boat in a visible manner (above water surface)
Support Swimmers may accompany the solo swimmer for a limited duration.
Multiple support swims are allowed but should not occur consecutively
The Derwent River Big Swim allows a maximum of one hour per support swim and a minimum of one hour between support swims
The support swimmer may not intentionally touch the solo swimmer and must position themselves at all times slightly behind the solo swimmer
At no stage during the swim may the support swimmer be in front of the solo swimmer. This will result in the disqualification of the swimmer
Escort Swimmers are swimmers supporting legally blind swimmers, they can be tethered to each other with a short elastic tether
Each solo swimmer must complete a registration form and submit this to the Derwent Big River Swim organisation. For tandem and relay teams, only 1 registration form needs to be completed
Swimmers need to source their own tracker to track their swim. You can check if your pilot supports a tracker for your swim as this will need to be submitted with the completed documentation of your swim
No alcohol is to be consumed during the event by swimmer, pilot or support crew. This may result in disqualification of the swimmer
Each swimmer indemnifies and holds harmless the Derwent Big River Swim and its agents, officials, contractors and volunteers, the Derwent Big River Swim committee, the Department of Transport, Tasmanian Port Authority, Tasmanian Sea Rescue and their officers and swim officials against any claim for damages or injury arising from conduct of the swim
Participation in these events is voluntary and the organisation’s officials or volunteers can accept no liability on the day
It is the pilot’s discretion to abort the swim if the pilot deems it is unsafe for the swimmer to continue their swim. This is a discussion you should have with your pilot
Any disqualification regarding swimmers, support swimmers conduct or event rules must be lodged in writing to the Event Director by 4:00pm the following day. A decision will be made by the committee, based on any evidence given and the judgment of the officials.
Appeal is possible:
If the swimmer believes the disqualification was not applied correctly against the rules and regulations of the Derwent River Big Swim
however, no appeal shall be allowed against a decision of fact
Appeal must be submitted:
To the Derwent River Big Swim
By the swimmer
Together with a deposit of $100.00, and
Within 5 days following the notice of the decision to disqualify
the swimmer can transfer to the following year
no refund within 2 days prior to the swim
if a refund is provided, this will be minus the registration and any incurred credit cards fees when registered
+++++++++++Important Notice +++++++++++++++
All parties, including everyone who is aboard the support vessel whether swimming or not, read and abide by the Derwent River Big Swim Rules whilst the swimmer is in the water. Failure to adhere to these rules may result in a disqualification of the swimmer, consequently the swimmer will not be ratified.
Person aboard the vessel may wish to take photos and video footage of the swimmer whilst they are attempting their swim this is fine and is promoted, please endeavor to make sure if you are uploading digital footage that these images are appropriate and may not offend others.