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XV Latvian Open Winter Swimming Championship 2019

26 January 2019

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REGULATION

1. Purpose and Mission

To gather Latvian and international winter swimmers, continuing an annual tradition.

To promote winter swimming, as a method of human body toughening; improve the development of clubs and groups in Latvia.

To promote toughening and winter swimming for residents of Latvia, as well as the activities of already existing clubs of winter swimming.

To promote the cooperation between winter swimming clubs and clubs of all types of other sports, society and local government, as well as public and commercial organizations.

Determine the best individual swimmers and swimmers of winter swimming clubs.

2. Time and Place

Championship will be held on January 26, 2019 at 12.00 – Liepaja, Beberlini (2/6 Lībiešu Street).

3. Management

The Winter Swimming Championship is organized by Liepaja cycling and winter swimming club “VeloRonis” in cooperation with Liepaja Municipality.

4. Agenda

  • 10:00 Championship office opening
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Registration of participants
  • 12:00 – 12:30 Opening ceremony, information, warm-up
  • 12:30 – 13:30 1st heat – 25 m breaststroke, starting with the oldest women’s group
  • 13:30 – 13.40 8th heat – „Seals” – swimming not more than 50 m – freestyle without time control
  • 13:40 – 14:40 2nd heat – 50 m freestyle, starting with the oldest women’s group
  • 14:50 – 15:10 6th heat – relay 4x25m, starting with S2 group
  • 15:20 – 15:40 3rd heat – 100 m freestyle, starting with the oldest women’s group
  • 15:40 – 16:00 4th heat – 200 m freestyle, starting with the oldest women’s group
  • 16:00 – 16:40 5th heat – 450 m freestyle, starting with the oldest women’s group
  • 7th heat – „Young Seals”- dipping in cold water – will be happening at the same time as the other competitions, individually in a specially arranged spot.
  • 17:00 Award ceremony. After the award ceremony, a bicycle and TALLINK cruise will be awarded to one of the participants of the paid races (participants must be present).
  • 19:00 Banquet for the participants at Europa City Amrita Hotel, 7/9 Rīgas Street, Liepaja.

Depending on weather conditions and the number of registered participants, the organizers have the right to make changes to the program, notifying participants of the championship.

5. Distances

Championship consists of 8 heats:

  • 1st heat. 25 m breaststroke with a time control for 13 age groups (A1-K1), separate for women and men;
  • 2nd heat. 50 m freestyle with a time control for 13 age groups (A1-K1), separate for women and men;
  • 3rd heat. 100 m freestyle for 13 age groups (A1-K1), separate for women and men;
  • 4th heat. 200 m freestyle for 9 age groups (B-J), separate for women and men;
  • 5th heat. 450 m freestyle for 9 age groups (B-J), separate for women and men;
  • 6th Clubs Relay 4 x 25 m, age groups S1 (under 150), S2 (151+);
  • 7th heat. “Young Seals” – dipping in cold water;
  • 8th heat. “Seals” – swimming up to 50 m with no time control.

Start – without jumping in the water, pushing off with feet from the stairs or the support wall while holding the handrail with one hands; shoulders must be under water.

Finish – touching the end wall (board) of the pool with a hand.

6. Participants

This is an international championship, attended by swimmers from any country.

The championship is open for 200 participants; reaching the maximum number, the registration may be stopped.

Only registered participants can participate in the competition.

Participants under the age of 18 years, require the presence of a parent, guardian or authorized person, who must be present during both registration and competition.

Participants are divided in the following age groups, according to their year of birth and age for December 31, 2019:

Age group Years of birth Age
A1 2005.g. and younger under 14 years old
A2 2004-2000 15 to 19 years old
B 1999-1990 20 to 29 years old
C 1989-1980 30 to 39 years old
D 1979-1975 40 to 44 years old
E 1974-1970 45 to 49 years old
F 1969-1965 50 to 54 years old
G 1964-1960 54 to 59 years old
H 1959-1955 60 to 64 years old
I 1954-1950 65 to 69 years old
J 1949-1945 70 to 74 years old
K 1944-1940 under 79 years old
K1 1939 and older 80 and over

7. Preliminary registrations online

Preliminary registrations online available on our website veloronis.lv due January 21, 23.59.

In order to register online:

  • Fill in the “XV Latvian Open Winter Swimming Championship” application form on veloronis.lv website;
  • Transfer the participation fee to the organizer’s current account with the following information:

Liepājas veloaktīvistu un ziemas peldētāju klubs „VeloRonis“
Reg. No. 40008220083
AS “SEB banka”
LV60UNLA0050021816720
Payment purpose: Name, surname of the participant, distance/-s.

When applying online, the participant shall also undertake to present a personal identification document at the time of registration on January 25 / 26, and with his/her signature in the list of participants certify:

  • their consent to the Regulation;
  • the correspondence of their state of health to swimming in ice water (0 +5 C);
  • personal responsibility for their state of health during the race.

8. On-site Registration

Preliminary on-site registration and payment of the participation fee on January 25, from 17.00 to 20.00 at Līva Hotel, 11 Liela Street, Liepaja.

On the day of competition, January 26, on-site registration and payment of the participation fee from 10.00 to 11.00 at Liepaja winter swimming spot, Beberlini, 2/6 Lībiešu Street, Liepaja.

When registering on-site, the participant:

  • undertakes to present a personal identification document;
  • fills in the application form for the competition*;
  • pays the participation fee in cash.

When filling the application form, with his/her signature, the participant certifies:

  • his/her consent to the Regulation;
  • the correspondence of their state of health to swimming in ice water (0 +5 C);
  • personal responsibility for their state of health during the race.

* Application form for participants under the age of 18 must be signed by a parent, guardian or authorized person.

9. Participation Fee

Distance Group Years of Birth Online registration until January 7 (eur) Online registration until January 21 (eur) On-site registration on January 25/26 (eur)
25 m breaststroke B-H

A1, A2, I-K1

1999-1955

to 2000, 1954-and older

13

5

15

7

25

10

50 m freestyle B-H

A1, A2, I-K1

1999-1955

to 2000, 1954-and older

13

5

15

7

25

10

25 m un 50 m

(*for both heats)

B-H

A1, A2, I-K1

1999-1955

to 2000, 1954 and older

18

8

20

10

35

15

100 m freestyle A1-K1 2005 and younger – 1939 and older 8 10 15
200 m freestyle B-J 1999-1945 8 10 15
450 m freestyle B-J 1999-1945 8 10 15
Club Relay 20

The participation fee depends on the date of payment, not the date of application. If the fee has not been paid until the day of competition, the participant must pay the full price!

Participation fee is not refunded to participants who do not compete, or if the event is cancelled due to force majeure.

10. Participation Fee Includes

  • sauna, hot tub, tea, soup;
  • startup kit;
  • prepared pool for the race (4 lines);
  • supervision of professional life-guards;
  • medical assistance at the competition site;
  • storage room during the competition;
  • prizes from sponsors and supporters;
  • professional photographers during the competition;
  • certificate for attending the XV Latvian Open Winter Swimming Championship;
  • Diplomas and medals for 1st and 3rd place winners in each distance and group.

11. Determining the winner

Winners are determined in each discipline and age group, individually for men and women.

In 25m and 50m disciplines the absolute winners are determined, individually for men and women.

12. Awards

1st and 3rd place winners in each distance and age group will receive diplomas, medals and awards.

The fastest participant in the overall standings 25m and 50m distances (women and men individually) will receive a money prize of 50 EUR.

13. Safety of the Participants

For the safety of the participants, a life-guard and medic are provided at the competition site; for the long distances – an emergency medical aid crew.

The use of stimulant drugs, alcohol, warming lubricants and ointment for the body before swimming is forbidden.

Participants must read and comply with the safety regulations of the competition. A participant undertakes to not raise claims against the organizers of the event for possible injuries, caused by the fault of the participant, underestimation of circumstances or overload.

If a participant sees someone ignore the rules, he/she must warn the participant, the audience member ignoring the rules, and/or notify the organizers.

If the competition is held in an ice pool, the participant must be careful while swimming, getting in and out of the pool, in order not to hurt him/herself.

14. Swimwear of the Participants

Swimwear – regular bathing suite, swimming trunks, goggles, swimming cap.

Outfit of the swimmer should not be with a special technology of insulation (Thermo). No gloves and/or shoes allowed during the swim.

15. Rules for 50m Freestyle

Waterproof swimming cap.

Tumble Turn is prohibited!

Goggles are allowed.

16. Rules for Club Relay Swim

The team should have at least 1 representative of each gender from the same club.

17. Rules for Long Distance Swimmers

For long distances, such as 100m (all age groups), 200m and 450m (only B to J age groups, swimmers aged 20 to 70 years) freestyle with a time control – waterproof swimming cap, goggles.

The swimming will take place in a pool water area, no buoy is required.

Tumble Turn is prohibited!

Participant is allowed to participate in no more than two long distances.

Only participants who have previously participated in winter swimming competition for long distances, and who’s degree of toughening can be assured by club leaders with a signed affidavit sent to Organizing Committee, can participate in the 200m and 450m swim. Before the start, an on-site medic will assess the state of health of each participant.

Swimmers of the 450m endurance race will be admitted to the start only if accompanied by the Assistant – a trustee person who knows and is responsible for the swimmer, as well as guarantees his/her ability to swim the distance.

The Assistant must:

  • follow along the swimmer at the start zone;
  • remain at the start zone during the swim;
  • notify the judge to stop the participant’s swim, in case of a suspicion that the continuation of the swim threatens the life and health of the swimmer;
  • provide the swimmer with the necessary support after the swim, until full recovery.

All participants in the endurance race must undergo a medical examination on the day of the swim according to the Competition Program.

Medical examination includes blood pressure, alcohol and drug tests.

The results of the medical examination are not discussed and having any negative indicators are grounds for refusing the participation of a swimmer.

The organizers reserve the right to reduce the distance or cancel the endurance race if weather conditions become unpredictable and increase the risk of danger for swimmers. The decision is final and may not be discussed.

Judges have the right to stop the participant’s swim in case there is a suspicion that the participant is behaving inadequately and the continuation of the swim threatens his life and health.

Only participants who have previously participated in winter swimming competition for long distances, and who’s degree of toughening can be assured by club leaders with a signed affidavit sent to Organizing Committee and have received a medical permit, can participate in the 450m swim. The medical permit must be submitted to the employee of the event’s info center before the start of the heat.

18. Protests

Protests should be submitted in writing to the organizers within 15 minutes after the race result, upon paying the deposit of EUR 10. If the protest is satisfied, the deposit will be returned to the applicant.

19. Results

Participant’s place in the group, name, surname, age group, result, country, city and club/association will be published on the veloronis.lv website, under the “Championship Results” section.

20. Advertising

When applying for competition, the participants shall certify that they agree to the use of photographs and video materials taken during the competition for the needs of the organizer.

21. Regulation of the Competition and Changes

The board of judges together with the organizer has the right to decide on issues that are not mentioned in this Regulation, as well as make any changes to this Regulation, without prior notice to the participants.

The organizers are not responsible for the ignorance and lack of knowledge on the Regulation of the participants.

The participant agrees to this Regulation and undertakes to comply with it.

The latest changes to this Regulation were made on 03.12.2018.

22. Protection of Personal Data

Liepaja cycling and winter swimming club “VeloRonis”, as the organizer, respects the privacy of participants.

Data manager is Liepaja cycling and winter swimming club “VeloRonis”, address: 19-41 Siguldas Street, Liepaja, LV-3401.

When applying for competition, the participant agrees to the processing of his or her personal data for the purposes of the organizing of the competition. It is necessary to indicate the name, surname, gender, birth data and the distance chosen, in order to ensure objective results of the competition. Other data can be submitted by choice.

Publicly displayed results show the distance, name, surname, club and/or city and place won. If the participant does not want to be shown on public lists, he/she must inform the organizers of the championship by email at info@veloronis.lv. In that case, the participant will be shown as “Anonymous” on the published lists. Anonymous participant cannot claim and must refuse all prizes awarded to the participants.

A participant has the right to request his/her personal data to be corrected or deleted at any time.

When applying for the competition, participants agree to the use of photographs and video materials taken during the competition for the needs of the organizer, including (but not only) publications on the veloronis.lv, media and social websites.

When applying for the competition, a participant must indicate his/her e-mail address, that will be included in the participant database, meant for informing participants on news and changes in the information about the competition, as well as other things. A participant can unsubscribe from the newsletter at any time, by sending an e-mail to info@veloronis.lv.

CONTACTS:

veloronis@veloronis.lv
Inga Krivcova +371 26324104
Margarita Teivāne +371 29748164