Author: Martin Walters

FINA Rules update 2023 to 2025

World Aquatics Rules UPDATE 2023 – 2025.

The new rules come into force in England on March 10th 2023.

All are urged to sign up to the first session you can attend so all our Southwest Officials are up to date with the new rules as quickly as possible by/after the implementation date.

Go to Swim-Meet 

and choose FINA RULES update 2023-25 and select your preferred date.

Once signed up you will be sent the appropriate ZOOM sign in link.  Please try and attend a session as soon as you can.

PLEASE NOTE even if you have renewed your licence in 2022 or the first weeks of 2023 you should still attend the compulsory FINA RULES 2023-25 update as soon as possible.   All licensed officials have a duty to be up to date. All trainee officials should be aware of the current swimming rules.  Your attendance at the official CPD delivered by ZOOM will be registered with Swim England and your County Coordinators will have registers of all those who have attended to refer to when Licence Applications are completed.

As soon as is practical, all licensed officials and all J1 trainees progressing through their practical phase will receive an up to date set of World Aquatics rules. Remember this booklet does not highlight the changes.   Attendance at the Update CPD is where the changes and standard rules interpretation “aide memoire” are explained.

FINA Rules update 2023

Please see Swim England statement below regarding the new FINA Rules 2023

As you may or may not be aware the new FINA/WA Swimming Rules have dropped online today. (03/01/23)

The Swim England SLG have issued the following statement, which will also be going out by the Clubs Newsletter, Swimming Officials News, to Regional Officials Coordinators for onward transmission to County Coordinators and to all County Secretaries that we have contact details for. I would be grateful if you could assist in this process by forwarding it on to your County Championship Promoters.

World Aquatics (FINA) is currently reviewing its technical rules in all disciplines. In respect of swimming, the revised rules, covering the 2023-25 period, were published on 3 January 2023. The British Swimming Swimming Officials Group will shortly circulate details of the new rules, create training materials and determine a suitable date for their implementation.

The new rules should NOT therefore be applied at swimming competitions held in England until the implementation date is determined.

County Age Group Championships should therefore be judged in their entirety under prevailing Swim England Laws, Regulations and Technical Rules of Swimming, WITHOUT reference to revised 2023-25 FINA Technical Rules.

Many thanks

Helen Akers

Swimming Leadership Group