FINA Approved Swimsuit List as of July 1, 2009

3 07 2009
Applicant/
Manufacturer
Type of Swimwear
Adidas TechfitPowerweb S8140602BJ  B85779 full   men
  TechfitPowerweb S8140603BJ B85777SL full   women
  TechfitPowerweb S8140609BJ  B85762 full – knee open back women
  TechfitPowerweb S8140607BJ  B85768 pants – long   men
  TechfitPowerweb S8140606BJ  B85771 pants – short   men
  TechfitPowerweb S8140608BJ  B85765 full open back women
  Hydrofoil F9140004 full   men
  Hydrofoil F9140003 full   women
Agon Sport L.L.C. 2009   full – knee   unisex
  2009   pants – long   men
  2009   pants – short   men
Akron SRL Halifax Allison full   men
  Halifax Buster full   women
  Halifax Ark pants – long   men
Arena Italia S.p.A. Powerskin 2512450 full   men
  Powerskin 2512850 full open back women
  Powerskin 2512550 full zip women
  Powerskin 2710650 pants – long   men
  Powerskin 2906850 classic   women
  Powerskin 2710550 pants – short   men
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522850 full   men
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522750 full open back women
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522650 full zip women
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2786650 full – knee   men
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522550 full – knee open back women
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2522450 full – knee zip women
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2786250 pants – long   men
  Powerskin  R-Evolution 2786550 pants – short   men
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525650 full   men
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525450 full open back women
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525350 full zip women
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525750 full – knee   men
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2525550 full – knee open back women
  Powerskin R-evolution + 2790050 pants – long   men
  Powerskin X-treme 2513850 full   men
  Powerskin X-treme 2514350 full open back women
  Powerskin X-treme 2513950 full zip women
  Powerskin X-treme 2513750 full – knee   men
  Powerskin X-treme 2514450 full – knee open back women
  Powerskin X-treme 2514250 full – knee zip women
  Powerskin X-treme 2731750 pants – long   men
  Powerskin X-treme 2925450 classic   women
  Powerskin X-treme 2737650 pants – short   men
  Powerskin X–Glide   full zipperback men
  Powerskin X–Glide   full zipperback women
  Powerskin X–Glide   full openback women
  Powerskin X-Glide   full zip men
  Powerskin X-Glide   full zip women
  Powerskin X-Glide   pants – long   men
Asics Corporation TIL ALS503(8AAL081) full   women
  TIL ALS505(ALX852) full zipper back women
  TIL AMA503(BASE053) pants – long   men
  TIL AMA502(8AAM071) pants – short   men
  TIL ALS502(8AAL071) pants – short   women
  TIL ALS500(BASE033) classic   women
  TIL ALS504(ALX862) classic zipper back women
  TIL AMA501(BASE043) classic box men
  TIL ALS501(BASE063) classic box women
  TIL – Cloth AMX964-4 full zipper back men
  TIL – Cloth ALX964-5 full strap women
  TIL – Cloth ALX964-6 full zipper back women
  TIL – Cloth AMX964-3 pants – long   men
  TIL + AMX1087 full   men
  TIL + AMX1087-2 full zipper back men
  TIL + AMX1087 full zipper back men
  TIL + AMX1098 full   women
  TIL + AMX1086 full   women
  TIL + AMX1085 full   women
  TIL + ALX1085-2 full strap women
  TIL + ALX1085 full   women
  TIL + ALX1086 full zipper back women
  TIL + ALX1098 full zipper back women
  TIL + AMX1088 pants – long   men
  TIL + AMX1088-2 pants – long   men
  TIL + AMX1088 pants – long   men
  TIL + AMX1083 classic   women
  TIL + ALX1083 classic   women
  TIL 2009 III OSAM562 full zipper back men
  TIL 2009 III OSAL591 full strap women
  TIL 2009 III OSAL562 full zipper back women
  TIL 2009 III OSAM552 pants – long   men
  TIL 2009 III OSAL601 classic   women
  TIL 2009 IV OSAM562 full zipper back men
  TIL 2009 IV OSAL591 full strap women
  TIL 2009 IV OSAL562 full zipper back women
  TIL 2009 IV OSAM552 pants – long   men
  TIL 2009 IV OSAL601 classic   women
Blueseventy Ltd Nero Seamless Bodyskin full 10 men
  Nero Seamless Kneeskin full – knee 11 men
  Nero 10K Bodyskin full 3 men
  Nero Comp Bodyskin full 1 men
  Nero Open Back Bodyskin full 8 unisex
  Nero Comp Kneeskin full – knee 2 men
  Nero Open Back Kneeskin full – knee 9 unisex
  Nero Legskin pants – long 6 men
  Nero Jammer pants – short 7 men
  Pointzero3+ Long Leg/Calf full 5 men
  Pointzero3+ Kneeskin full – knee men
Descente LTD Aquaforce Panel   full   men
  Aquaforce Panel   full open back women
  Aquaforce Panel   full zip back women
  Aquaforce Panel   full – knee open back women
  Aquaforce Panel   pants – long   men
  Aquaforce Panel   pants – short   men
  Aquaforce Lite   full   men
  Aquaforce Lite   full open back women
  Aquaforce Lite   full zip back women
  Aquaforce Lite   full – knee open back women
  Aquaforce Lite   pants – long   men
  Aquaforce Lite   pants – short   men
  Shin_rev   full   men
  Shin_rev   pants – long   men
  Shin_rev   full open back women
  Shin_rev   full zip back women
  Shin_rev   classic   men
  Shin_rev   full – knee open back women
  Shin_rev   classic   women
  Shin_rev   pants – short   men
  Aile bleue   full   men
  Aile bleue   full zip back women
  Aile bleue   full open back women
  Aile bleue   full – knee open back women
  Aile bleue   pants – long   men
  Aile bleue   pants – short   men
  Aile bleue   classic   women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR81W full open back women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR51W full open back women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR82W full zip back women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR52W full zip back women
  II mar09 ARN – RMR17M pants – long   men
  II mar09 ARN – RMR27M pants – long   men
Diana Sport Submarine Cyclone 262M (3193096) full   men
  Submarine Cyclone 262M LD (3193033) full   men
  Submarine Cyclone 270W LD (3194026) full   women
  Submarine Cyclone 272W LD (3194024) full   women
  Submarine Cyclone 262M (3193202) full   men
  Submarine Cyclone 262M LD (3193098) full   men
  Submarine Cyclone 270W (3194111) full closed back women
  Submarine Cyclone 270W LD (3194109) full   women
  Submarine Cyclone 272W (3194112) full open back women
  Submarine Cyclone 272W LD (3194110) full   women
  Submarine Cyclone 273W (3194113) full open back women
  Submarine Cyclone 263M (3193203) full – knee   men
  Submarine Cyclone 260M (3193200) pants – long   men
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 232M SA (3193092) full   men
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 250W SA (3194100) full   women
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 251W SA (3194101) full   women
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 233M SA (3193093) full – knee   men
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 253W SA (3194103) full – knee   women
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 230M SA (3193090) pants – long   men
  Submarine Shinning Arrow 252W (3194102) full open  back tanga cut women
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 202M (3193072) full   men
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 210W (3194060) full closed back women
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 221W (3194081) full open back women
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 203M (3193073) full – knee   men
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 213W (3194063) full – knee open back women
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 200M (3193070) pants – long   men
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 201M (3193071) pants – short   men
  Submarine Thermo Fusion 219W (3194069) classic   women
Essenuoto Comet (dragon print) SFW/0026 full   men
  Comet (dragon print) SFW/0073 pants – short   men
  Comet (dragon print) SFW 20037 full   women
  Comet (cyclone print) SFW/0026 full   men
Finis Inc. Amphibian   pants-long   men
  Amphibian ATS8-LTM28 pants – long   men
  Amphibian ATS8-JM28 pants – short   men
  Amphibian Long John ATS8-LJM32 full   men
  Amphibian Long John ATS8-LJF30 full   women
  Amphibian Short John ATS8-SJM31 full – knee   men
  Amphibian Short John ATS8-SJF30 full – knee   women
  Hydrospeed 2 Brief 1.10.131.101.28 classic   men
  Hydrospeed 2 Clipback 1.10.024.101.28 classic   women
  Hydrospeed 2 Jammer 1.10.132.101.28 pants – short   men
  Hydrospeed 2 Race John 1.10.025.101.28 full – knee   women
Footmark Corporation Recobeam 240600-2 full zip men
  Recobeam 240600-3 full zip men
  Recobeam 240607-2 full open back women
  Recobeam 240607-3 full open back women
  Recobeam 240606-2 full zip women
  Recobeam 240606-3 full zip women
  Recobeam 240601-2 pants – long   men
  Recobeam 240601-3 pants – long   men
Jaked SRL J01FL   full   unisex
  J01FS   full   unisex
  J01PL   pants – long    
  J01   full – knee    
  J03   full   unisex
  J03   pants – long   men
Kiwami Kameleon   full – knee   unisex
  Torpedo   full – knee   unisex
Leonian K.K.   PSFM9S3204-1 full open back women
    PSFM9S3204-2 full open back women
    PSFM9S3204-3 full open back women
    PSFM9S3206-1 full zip back women
    PSFM9S3206-2 full zip back women
    PSFM9S3206-3 full zip back women
    PSFM9S3205-1 full – knee open back women
    PSFM9S3205-2 full – knee open back women
    PSFM9S3101-1 full   men
    PSFM9S3101-2 full   men
    PSFM9S3101-3 full   men
    PSFM9S3102-1 pants – long full length spats men
    PSFM9S3102-2 pants – long full length spats men
    PSFM9S3102-3 pants – long full length spats men
Mizuno Corporation Accel Suits   full open back women
  Accel Suits   pants – long   men
  SST 85RB-100 full back is closed by fastener men
  SST 85RB-101 full front is closed by fastener men
  SST 85OB-100 full back is closed by fastener women
  SST 85OB-110 full no fasteners women
  SST 85OB-111 full front is closed by fastener women
  SST 85RB-10009 full   unisex
  SST 85RD-100 pants – short waist is fastened by lace men
  SST 85RC-100 pants – long waist is fastened by lace men
  Water gene 85RB-850 full   men
  Water gene 85OB-850 full back is closed by fastener women
  Water gene 85OB-851 full back is closed by fastener women
  Water gene 85OC-850 full – knee   women
  Water gene 85OD-850 pants – long   women
  Water gene 85RC-850 pants – long long spats men
  Water gene 85RD-850 pants – short half spats men
  BBT 85RB-155 full back is closed by fastener men
  BBT 85RB-156 full back is closed by fastener men
  BBT 85OB-155 full back is closed by fastener women
  BBT 85OB-156 full back is closed by fastener women
  BBT 85RC-155 pants – long waist is fastened by lace men
  BBT 85RC-156 pants – long waist is fastened by lace men
Mosconi Hammer 230730 full   men
  Hammer Med 230940 full – knee   men
  Hammer Fit 230943 full   women
  Hammer Fit 230944 full – knee   women
  Hammer Leg 230941 pants – long   men
  Hammer Jammer 230942 pants – short   men
  Bullet 230901 full   men
  Bullet 230946 full – knee   men
  Bullet Leg 230902 pants – long   men
  Bullet Jammer 230903 pants – short   men
  Bullet Fit 230947 full   women
  Bullet Fit 230948 full – knee   women
  Meerval Med 227473 full – knee   men
  Meerval Long 227474 full   men
  Geep Long 227476 full   women
  Trigger 227193 pants – short   men
  Archer 227128 pants – long   men
  Scale 226653 classic   women
  Hilton 226831 classic   men
  Geep Med 227475 full – knee   women
Okeo SRL Extreme Body Unisex   full   unisex
  Extreme Pant   pants – long   men
Orca RS1   full – knee   men
  RS1   full – knee   women
  RS1 Swimskn   full   men
  RS1 Swimskn   full   men
Orvar/Aquazone USA Renegade female classic cut racer back   classic   women
  Renegade female classic cut zipper back   classic   women
  Renegade female full body   full zip women
  Renegade female full body   full straps women
  Renegade female knee   full – knee   women
  Renegade female knee   full – knee   women
  Renegade male ankle   pants – long   men
  Renegade male full body   full   men
  Renegade male jammer   pants – short   men
  Renegade male knee suit   full – knee   men
Rocket Science Sports Rocket Light   classic   men
  Rocket Light   classic   women
  Rocket Sprinter   full   men
  Rocket Sprinter   full   women
  Rocket Trainer   classic   men
  Rocket Trainer   classic   women
  Rocket 2skin   full   men
Sailfish GmbH Sailfish furious   full – knee   unisex
  Sailfish furious long   full   unisex
Speedo FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05887 full   women
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05889 full   men
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05892 classic   men
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05891 pants – short   men
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05890 pants – long   men
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05886 full   women
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05885 full – knee   women
  FastskinXT (Flying Fish) 8-05888 classic   women
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 full   men
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 full   women
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 full – knee   women
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 pants – long   men
  Japanese LZR Hybrid SPE015 pants – short   men
  Fastskin Pro 8 008093218 pants – short   men
  Fastskin Pro 8 008133218 full open back women
  Fastskin Pro 8 008153218 classic   women
  Fastskin Pro 8 008143218 full – knee open back women
  Fastskin Pro 8 008053218 full   men
  Fastskin Pro   full   women
  Fastskin Pro   full – knee   women
  Fastskin Pro   full – knee   men
  Fastskin Pro   pants – long   men
  AQUABLADE 8 205157031 classic open back women
  AQUABLADE 10 072 7031 classic   men
  AQUABLADE 8 101077031 pants – short   men
  AQUABLADE   full – knee open back women
  AQUABLADE Bodyskin No Arms   full   women
  AQUABLADE Bodyskin No Arms   full   men
  Fastskin II 8 10227 3797 full   men
  Fastskin II 8 102484759 pants – long   men
  Fastskin II 8 007183798 classic   women
  Fastskin II 8 007194759 full open back women
  Fastskin II 8 102264759 pants – short   men
  Fastskin II 8 20A974759 full – knee open back women
  Fastskin 8 100090001 pants – short   men
  Fastskin 8 100080001 pants – long   men
  Fastskin 8 202230001 full – knee   women
  Fastskin   full open back women
  Fastskin   full   women
  Fastskin   full – knee open back women
  Fastskin   full – knee   men
  Fastskin   classic   men
  Fastskin   full   men
  LZR Racer   full open back women
  LZR Racer Body No Arms   full zipperback women
  LZR Racer   full – knee open back women
  LZR Racer   full   men
  LZR Racer   pants – long   men
  LZR Racer   pants – short   men
  LZR Racer Pro Body No Arms   full   women
  LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker Body   full   women
  LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker Knee Skin   full – knee   women
  LZR Racer Pro Record Breaker   classic   women
  LZR Racer Pro Body No Arms   full   men
  LZR Racer Pro Leg Skin   pants – long   men
  LZR Racer Pro Jammer   pants – short   men
Sports Hig   F-09 full   men
    M-12 pants – long   men
    M-01A pants – long   men
    M-10 pants – long   men
    M-08 pants – long   men
    M-02A  full   men
    F-06 full   women
    F-03A full – knee   women
    F-05 full – knee   women
    M-01 pants – long   men
Tyr Sports Inc. Tracer Light   full   men
  Tracer Light   full – knee zipper back men
  Tracer Light   full open back women
  Tracer Light   full – knee open back women
  Tracer Light   classic   women
  Tracer Light   pants – long   men
  Tracer Light   pants – short   men
  Tracer Light   classic   men
  Trace Rise   full   men
  Trace Rise   pants – long   men
  Trace Rise   pants – short   men
  Trace Rise   classic   men
  Trace Rise   full open back women
  Trace Rise   full – knee open back women
  Tracer A7   full   men
  Tracer A7   full – knee zipperback men
  Tracer A7   pants – long   men
  Tracer A7   pants – short   men
  Tracer A7 C   full zipperback men
  Tracer A7   full open back women
  Tracer A7   full – knee open back women
  Tracer A7 Flex – Knee full zipperback unisex
  Tracer A7 OW full zipperback unisex
  Fusion   full – knee open back women
  Fusion   classic   women
  Fusion   pants – long   men
  Fusion   pants – short   men
  Fusion Racer classic   men
  Sayonara F100 full zipperback men
  Sayonara F100 full – knee zipperback men
  B2 F300 full zipperback men
  B4 F102 full aeroback women
  B5 F201 full zipperback women
  B6 F202 full aeroback women
  B7 F301 full zipperback women
  B10 F400 full aeroback unisex
  B11 A14 pants – short   men
  B12 F103 pants – short   men
  B13 F500 pants – short   men
Xterra Wetsuits Speedsuit Velocity RED (1) full   unisex
Yamamotohokosyo Corporation   YH-M-F pants – long long spats men
    YH-M-F2 pants – long long spats men
    YH-M-LONG A full   men
    YH-M-LONG B full   men
    YH-M-LONG X full   men
    YH-L-LONG A full   women
    YH-L-LONG B full   women
    YH-L-LONG X full   women




BlueSeventy Suits Back on the Approved FINA List

22 06 2009

As of this morning Blue Seventy suits are back on the approved FINA list. BlueSeventy has made their argument that their suits do not trap air and FINA has listened and approved some of their suits.

FINA Executive held a meeting in Lausanne Switzerland on June 19, 2009 to consider the swimsuits approvals under the transitory regulations in accordance with the Dubai Charter.

The Executive reviewed the recommendations of the Swimsuit Commission issued on June 18, 2009 in connection with the swimsuits subject to re-examination further to the first Commission Meeting on May 19, 2009.

The Manufacturers have re-presented their swimsuits with modifications. In certain cases, the Manufacturers have submitted arguments regarding the fact the construction or material of their swimsuits would not create air trapping effects.

The Executive approved the swimsuits as per attached list.

Regarding the application of the criteria, the Executive found that the evidence of “in use” air trapping effect is complex and that it would require considerable time to create and implement comprehensive control mechanisms and test methods which would permit to establish the effect with absolute certainty in connection with particular swimsuits. In a transitory period where the industry had little time to anticipate the requirements, it is also important to take into account that the outcome of the approval process can have substantial impact on existing production and stocks. Therefore, in cases where there was a reasonable doubt as to the effect, such doubt had to be taken into account in the decision concerning the respective swimsuits.

To secure a level-playing field, the swimsuits approved will be available to all swimmers at the World Championships in Rome.

The approved swimsuits will be labelled and will be checked in Rome prior to competition.

The rules regarding shape, use of only one swimsuit and no taping will be strictly applied and controlled in the first call room.

FINA will continue the process of controlling the evolution of swimsuits and will issue new rules including new criteria for 2010.

Here are the FINA Approved BlueSeventy swimsuits: 

Blueseventy Ltd Nero Seamless Bodyskin full
  Nero Seamless Kneeskin full – knee
  Nero 10K Bodyskin full
  Nero Comp Bodyskin full
  Nero Open Back Bodyskin full
  Nero Comp Kneeskin full – knee
  Nero Open Back Kneeskin full – knee
  Nero Legskin pants – long
  Nero Jammer pants – short
  Pointzero3+ Long Leg / Calf full
  Pointzero3+ Kneeskin full – knee




USA Swimming amends rules regarding swimsuits

15 06 2009

Here is the statement from USA Swimming regarding the approved swimsuits:

Following the ruling by FINA on May 19, 2009, regarding approval of swimsuits for international competition, USA Swimming’s Rules and Regulations Committee has announced an amendment to rule 102.9, covering swimsuits at USA Swimming competitions.  The committee has also outlined specific rules applying to swimsuits allowed at the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and World Championship Trials. These amendments are designed to provide consistency with the rules as established by FINA.

Effective June 1, 2009, swimmers competing in USA Swimming-sanctioned or approved competitions will be governed by the following rules.

Only swimwear approved by FINA, as reflected on its published list of approved swimwear, may be worn in any USA Swimming sanctioned or approved competition.

Additionally, since the FINA-approved list only addresses “new model” swimsuits submitted by swimsuit manufacturers, swimmers will, until otherwise directed by FINA, also be able to wear traditional swimsuits provided the suits meet the following criteria:

1. For female swimmers, the swimsuit shall not cover the neck, extend past the shoulders or past the pelvis, and

2. For male swimmers, the swimsuit shall not extend above the navel or below the knees.

There are currently 202 suits on the FINA-approved list. If and when FINA approves additional suits, those suits will also be allowed in USA Swimming competition.

At the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and World Championship Trials, the following rules apply, in addition to the above.

Only those permitted swimsuit models that are available to all competitors may be used. To avoid confusion, availability is defined as follows:

  1. The swimsuit manufacturer is present at the event with its approved swimsuits available for all competitors on a purchase, loan, give-away or other basis, or
  2. The swimsuit manufacturer has provided to USA Swimming a written representation in the form requested by USA Swimming, that its approved swimsuit will be made available before July 7, 2009 to all World Championship Trials competitors and before June 14, 2009 to all Open Water World Championship Trials competitors on a purchase, loan, or giveaway basis through retail stores, the internet, or other means.

USA Swimming will publish a list of swimsuit manufacturers who have made this representation once they are received. Competitors may rely on this list as approval to wear a particular swimsuit model at either event.





blueseventy Addresses FINA’s Suit Approvals

20 05 2009

Here is the statement from blueseventy:

New Zealand — May 19, 2009 — Today FINA released its list of approved suits for the World Championships in July. FINA rejected 10 high-tech racing suits and approved 199 others with 136 swimsuits to be modified in accordance with the “Dubai Charter”.

blueseventy submitted 11 models of suits for FINA approval, including tights and jammers.  At this time, blueseventy suits are not listed on FINA’s site as approved models, but one of the 136 that need to be modified, and this includes the models that had previously been submitted (in late 2007) and had received approval.

blueseventy is stunned by this omission.  “As a company, and personally, we were very comfortable with the criteria for testing that FINA had outlined, our suits passed well under the threshold for buoyancy and thickness proposed by them,” stated blueseventy’s Global Marketing Manager, Dean Jackson.  “We have had confirmation that our suits passed the independent laboratory testing for both of these tests.”

Officially blueseventy is classified as one of the suits that ”may cause significant air trapping when worn by the swimmers.” However, there are several other similar brands with suits that use exactly the same fabric, with a similar construction, that have passed without a problem.  This confusing situation has led the company to seek clarification directly from FINA and blueseventy is awaiting their response.

blueseventy has 30 days to make modifications to the suit so that it no longer traps air, but the system around this is unclear since trapping air is not a measurable value and the subjective nature of this “testing” is not black or while. Initially the Dubai Charter and resubmission of these suits was in order to gain acceptance for the Rome World championships and it is blueseventy’s understanding that previously approved suits remain legal for all competitions.

“We are dedicated to working on the best solution to the short-term situation and will work closely with FINA on this process,” said Roque Santos, blueseventy Vice President of Swimming. “Most importantly, we care about swimmers, we care about our company and we care about fair play for all brands in this process.”





Blue Seventy Nero and Aqua Zone Renegade Suits are Now Shipping

17 03 2009

The Blue Seventy Nero swimsuits and the Aqua Zone Renegade swimsuits are back in-stock and shipping. Be sure to order yours today before they are sold out again. Both of these new racing suits are smashing swimming time records across the country and throughout the world. The super fast Yamamoto SCS fabric with hydrophobic skin and a drag coefficient of only 0.032 (over 50 times lower than skin) accually reduces friction drag through the water. Helix technology improves fit and allows for a better swim stroke. Blue 70 and Aqua Zone Renegade are both approved for use in all FINA events. The D&J Sports swimshop is now shipping racing swimsuits for YMCA nationals and other championship swim meets.





The First Step in Regulating the Speedo LZR and Blue Seventy Nero

16 03 2009

 

FINA meet this weekend and drafted the Dubai Charter which is the first step in regulating the controversial swimming suits like the Speedo LZR Racer, TYR Rise, Blue Seventy Nero, and the Aqua Zone Renegade. FINA is laying the ground work for new regulations that will start popping up in the next few months and years to come. The idea is to insure that the sport of swimming remains fair and that the playing field or pool is equal for all swimmers.

 

 

DUBAI CHARTER on FINA requirements for swimwear approval

As the world governing body for aquatic sports, FINA has the authority and responsibility to issue regulations applying to its five disciplines. This includes the determination of the specifications applying to sport equipment. In the context of the discussion in connection with swimsuits development and their alleged impact on sport, FINA reaffirms that it will continue monitoring the evolution of the sport equipment with the main objective of keeping the integrity of the sport.  

In doing so, FINA wishes to recall that the main and core principle is that swimming is a sport essentially based on the physical performance of the athlete. This is the fundament which FINA has and will continue to preserve as its main objective and priority. FINA brings together athletes from around the world to compete on equal conditions and thereby decides the winner by the athlete who is physically the best.  

This does not however imply that swimming, like all other sports, should not integrate the natural progress and improvements in technology where this helps, bettering the conditions under which the athletes compete and optimising their athletic performances. 

FINA also acknowledges the significance of the contributions manufacturers are bringing to the sport at all levels, including to the federations, athletes, coaches and event organisers. This co-operation is essential to continue to develop and remain a major sport worldwide.  In a rapidly evolving world, regulations need to progress as well to address new emerging issues. Before any discussion arose, FINA had initiated a process in view of adapting the equipment regulations. To improve their quality and credibility, FINA has not only consulted the manufacturers but has also sought the support of independent scientific experts of worldwide reputation who will notably assist in the determination of meaningful tests.  

With the support of independent experts, FINA will set up a long term monitoring project with the mid/long term objective to allow an ongoing control on equipment development.  

The FINA Bureau, after considering the conclusion of the meeting with the Swimsuit Manufacturers held in Lausanne (SUI) on February 20, 2009, where the full support from the FINA Athletes, Coaches and Legal Commissions was also received on this matter, has decided to revise the requirements for swimsuit approval with the aim of making them more clear, simple and transparent. 

1. Amendments to existing FINA requirements for swimwear approval (valid until December 31, 2009) 

a. DESIGN: The swimsuit shall not cover the neck and shall not extend past the shoulders nor past the ankles. 

b. MATERIAL:  

  • i. When used, the material shall follow the body shape; 
  • ii. The application of different materials shall not create air trapping effects. 

c. THICKNESS: The material used shall have a maximum thickness of 1 mm. The measurement method is in accordance with ISO Standard 5084 for textiles. 

d. BUOYANCY: The swimsuit shall not have a buoyancy effect of more than 1 Newton (100 gr). 

  • The value to be observed applies to all swimsuits sizes. 

e. CONTROL: FINA has established its own independent control/testing programme. Scientific testing on thickness and buoyancy will be conducted by a neutral team led by Prof. Jan-Anders Manson, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology. 

f. CONSTRUCTION: Any system providing external stimulation or influence of any form (e.g. pain reduction, chemical/medical substance release, electro-stimulation, or others) is prohibited. 

g. CUSTOMISATION: All swimsuits of an approved model must be constructed in an identical fashion with no variation/modification for individual swimmers from the samples submitted for approval. Any modification before use is prohibited; it is clarified that an adaptation of size does not constitute customisation.  

h. USE: The swimmer can only wear one swimsuit (FINA Rule GR 5.3). 

i. SWIMSUITS TO BE SUBMITTED: All swimsuits to be used during the period of application shall be submitted, even if previously approved. The only submission deadline under these rules is March 31, 2009. 

j. APPROVAL: Approvals issued under these rules remain valid until December 31, 2009. Manufacturers must indicate the approval on the product in use through a method to be implemented by FINA. The purpose is to check that the swimsuits used in competition are approved models.  

In addition to the amendments valid until December 31, 2009, the FINA Bureau approved the following: 

2. FINA requirements for swimwear approval (valid from January 1, 2010) 

a. SWIMWEAR SUBJECT TO APPROVAL: Any swimwear used in FINA competitions and Olympic Games shall comply with these new rules and shall be a model approved by FINA in accordance with these new procedures. It is further clarified that results achieved in other competitions may only be recognised as world records by FINA if approved swimwear has been used. 

b. PERMEABILITY: In addition to the thickness and buoyancy scientific independent tests already included in the previous requirements, FINA will define the use of non-permeable materials based on a ‘permeability value’ test. The non-permeable material can only be used for a maximum 50% of the total surface of the swimsuit for full-body models. For these models, the maximum surface of non-permeable material to be used on the upper and lower part of the swimsuit shall be respectively 25% on each part. Non-permeable material shall be distinguishable.  

c. SUBMISSION DATES: The first submission deadline under these rules is November 1, 2009, followed by a submission on August 1 every year (example: August 1, 2010; August 1, 2011). Submission to approval 12 months in advance of the forthcoming FINA World Championships or Olympic Games. Moreover, the approved model shall be available on the market at least 6 months prior to the forthcoming FINA World Championships or Olympic Games. 

d. LIST OF APPROVED MODELS: FINA will publish a list of approved models. The publication is without prejudice to the fact that criteria and conditions of approval must be effectively met by products in use.  

e. APPLICATION: These new rules are applicable from October 1, 2009. They are applied to swimwear to be used in competition from January 1, 2010. Further amendments, if necessary, shall be issued by the FINA Bureau.  

3. FINA Monitoring Programme on swimwear

FINA will continue monitoring the evolution of the sports equipment and watch innovations in shape, material and other elements which may need to be addressed. 

FINA will consult with its National Federations, its Athletes, Coaches and Legal Commissions, Swimming Committee and manufacturers on any further developments in this respect. 

FINA will consolidate the independent scientific support from Jan-Anders Manson and his team, from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) and Laboratory of Polymer and Composite Technology.





Aqua Zone Renegade Racing Suits Now Available

3 03 2009

The Aqua Zone Renegade racing swimsuits are a specially designed suit to challenge the speed with the irreverence of those who challenge their limits. The Renegade is structurally designed to suit the high performance swimmer who trains aggressively to achieve extraordinary results. Manufactured with the latest Japanese technology based on water drag coefficient to improve speed. By using compression on specific body areas it eliminates passive drag caused by the natural movement of muscles. One of the best swimsuits on the planet for the best swimming performance. FINA has approved this suit. It is acceptable for all international, USASwimming, and NCAA competitions. Please check with your local high school regulatory body or USA Swimming Local Swim Committee (LSC) to make sure that no local regulations prohibit the suit. The Aquazone Renegade is made of the same material made popular by the Blue Seventy Company, with superior manufacturing at a better price. These suits are resistant to pool chemicals which make this suit last for a full season or fast racing.

 

The new Aqua Zone Renegade swimsuits are now available for purchase. They come in several different body styles for both men and women. The Aqua Zone Renegade men’s styles include the Full Body suit, the Knee Suit, and the Legskin suit or Ankle suit. The Aqua Zone Renegade women’s styles include the Full Body suit, the Knee Suit and the Strap Suit or record breaker back leg suit. Get yours now at D&J Sports.








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