Event description – 100m short course
With a dive start on an acoustic signal, the competitor races 50m freestyle with fins and rescue tube. After touching the turning wall, and within the 5m pick-up zone, the competitor fixes the rescue tube correctly around a manikin and tows it to the turning wall and then to the finish. The event is complete when the competitor touches the finish edge of the pool.
Event description – 50m short course
With a dive start on an acoustic signal, the competitor races 25m freestyle with fins and rescue tube. After touching the turning wall, and within the 5m pick-up zone, the competitor fixes the rescue tube correctly around a manikin and tows it to the turning wall and then to the finish. The event is complete when the competitor touches the finish edge of the pool.
Competitors in the 9 years and under and 10 and 11 years categories will attach the rescue tube on an O-ring placed around the manikin’s neck. All other competitors must comply with the current ILS Competition Manual.
Manikin: See Section 4.3 Manikins. The manikin is either empty or half filled with water and sealed for the event. Competitors must use the manikins and rescue tubes supplied by organizers.
Positioning the empty manikin: A member of the competitor’s team assists as manikin handler. With the referees’ approval, non-team members may act as handler. Manikin handlers must wear a team cap. Before the start and during the race, the manikin handler positions the manikin horizontally with the base in contact with the turning wall facing up. When half full the manikin should be placed vertically facing the turning wall.
The handler releases the manikin immediately after the competitor touches the turning edge. The handler may not push the manikin toward the competitor or the finish edge. Manikin handlers may not intentionally enter the water during the event. Starts with rescue tubes: At the start, the rescue tube and rescue tube line may be positioned at the competitor’s discretion, but within the competitor’s allotted lane.
Competitors should ensure a safe and correct position of rescue tube and line. Wearing rescue tubes: Rescue tubes must be donned correctly with the loop across or over one shoulder.
Assuming the rescue tube was donned correctly, there is no cause for disqualification if the loop falls down on the competitor’s arm or elbow during the competitor’s approach to the manikin or during the manikin tow.
Securing the manikin: After first touching the turning wall, the competitor then secures the manikin correctly with the rescue tube around the body and under both arms of the manikin, and clipped to an O-ring, within the 5m pick-up zone.
Competitors must complete the freestyle swim by touching the pool edge before touching the manikin.
Towing the manikin: Competitors must tow – not carry – the manikin. Beyond the 5m pick-up zone, competitors must tow the correctly secured manikin maintaining the manikin’s mouth or nose above the surface. The line of the rescue tube must become fully extended as soon as possible and before the top of the manikin’s head passes the 10m line.
Competitors must do nothing to delay or inhibit the line of the rescue tube becoming fully extended at the earliest possible moment. Competitors will be disqualified if the rescue tube and manikin become separated. Competitors will not be disqualified if the rescue tube slips during the tow so that the manikin is secured only under one arm, provided that the rescue tube was “secured correctly” originally, and the mouth or nose of the manikin is maintained above the surface. As long as the manikin has not become separated from the rescue tube, and the mouth or nose remain above the surface, a competitor may stop to re-secure the rescue tube correctly around the manikin without disqualification.
Retrieving lost fins: Competitors may retrieve fins lost after the start and continue without disqualification as long as the rules governing manikins are not violated (see ILS Competition Manual 5.3 Manikins). Competitors are not permitted to start again in another heat.
Rescue tube defect: If, in the opinion of the referee, the rescue tube, line and/or harness (belt) present a technical defect during the race, the referee may allow the competitor to repeat the race.
In addition to the ILC Competition Manual General Rules and Procedures in Section 3.0 and those outlined in the ILS Manual Section 4.1-4.3 and Section 10 the following behaviour will result in disqualification:
- Taking assistance from any pool fitting (e.g., lane rope, steps, underwater hockey fittings) when fixing the rescue tube around the manikin.
- Failure to surface before the 12.5m. (13 years and under)
- Manikin handler not releasing the manikin immediately after the competitor has touched the turning edge.
- Manikin handler pushing the manikin towards the competitor or the finish edge.
- Manikin handler positioning the manikin incorrectly or making contact with the manikin after the competitor has touched the turning edge.
- Manikin handler intentionally entering the water during the event, or entering the water and interfering with the performance of another competitor or interfering with the judging of the event.
- At 25m/75m, not touching the pool edge before touching the manikin.
- Incorrect securing of the rescue tube around the manikin (i.e., not around body and under both arms and clipped to an O-ring).
- Not securing the rescue tube around the manikin within the 5m pickup zone, judged at the top of the manikin’s head.
- The line of the rescue tube not becoming fully extended before the top of the manikin’s head passes the 10m line.
- Not towing the manikin with the line of the rescue tube fully extended beyond the 10m line.
- Pushing or carrying, instead of towing, the manikin.
- Not maintaining the manikin’s mouth or nose above the surface.
- The rescue tube and manikin become separated after the rescue tube has been secured correctly around the manikin.
- Touching the finish edge without the rescue tube and manikin in place.
- Failure to touch the finish edge.