January 15, 2010, Newsletter Issue #14: Wetsuit Use

Tip of the Week

USA Triathlon has rules governing wetsuit use during triathlon swimming. This rule states that you can wear a wetsuit when the water temperature is 78 degrees Fahrenheit or below. If the water temperatures are greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees, competitors may wear a wetsuit but are not eligible to receive awards. Wetsuits are strictly prohibited when water temperatures exceed 84 degrees.

If your upcoming event is ‘wetsuit legal’ be sure to borrow one from a friend or rent one at your local triathlon shop. Those planning to pursue triathlon more seriously should consider purchasing one. The major advantages of wearing a wetsuit include warmth and buoyancy. The buoyancy effect of a wetsuit is particularly beneficial for poor swimmers who are usually very nervous about completing the swim portion of the race.

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