Rules & Safety Guide

Event Rules

  • No fins, paddles snorkels or floatation devices are permitted - unless approved by the Event Manager.
  • Wet suits are permitted (in outdoor pools).
  • Each event will have varying numbers for maximum amount of team members. Please check the entry form for details. If you have more team members than the amount allotted you're still welcome to join in the fun, but you will be unable to win the event*.
  • To be eligible for team awards, the team can consist of no greater than fifteen (15) participants. Teams can be larger than fifteen (15), however, will not be eligible for team awards.
  • To be eligible for team awards, one swimmer must be in the allocated lane throughout the 24 hour event.
  • Participants under 18 years are to be supervised by parent or legal guardian at all times.
  • Guardians of participants under 18 years of age must provide written consent to participant when registering online or offline.
  • The order, duration and number of times a team member swims are at the discretion of the team.
  • Only one team member is to swim at a time - with the exception of the MS team.
  • Swimmers will be required to wear the official event swim cap provided upon registration.
  • Good sportsman-like conduct will be demanded of all competitors. Any unsportsmanlike conduct will be grounds for instant disqualification.
  • Swimmers wishing to break an event record and or specific record must notify MS and may be requested to provide an independent lap counter.
  • Records are posted on the Results & Records page.
  • Swimmers wishing to swim for 24 hours must be approved by MS as a minimum fundraising amount applies. The minimum fundraising for individual swimmers is set at a minimum of $3,000. Fundraising total must be met one (1) month prior to the event start date. It is the responsibility of the swimmer to ensure sufficient support throughout the 24 hours. Swimmers who do not have adequate support as deemed by event officials may be asked to leave the water.
  • The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is strictly a smoke, drug and alcohol free event.

N.B. It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure their health and safety at the event. Qualified lifeguards will monitor the pool for the entire 24 hours.

*Unless MS Event Manager or Community Host has stipulated otherwise.

Use of Floatation & training Devices

The use of floatation or training devices are not permitted unless approved by MS.

A floatation device is defined as (but not limited to):

  • Kick boards
  • Swimming noodles
  • Pull buoys
  • Flippers
  • Floaties
  • Paddles

The use of a floatation device will be granted to people living with multiple sclerosis automatically. To gain permission for use of a floatation device, simply download the Application to Use Floatation Device form and email to: megaswim@ms.org.au

N.B. It is the responsibility of all participants to ensure their health and safety at the event. Qualified lifeguards will monitor the pool for the entire 24 hours.

Swim Etiquette

As there may be more than yourself swimming in the lane please take note of the following swim etiquette:

  • Stay as far to the left in the lane as possible.
  • No diving in the shallow end.
  • If stopping at the wall please make sure you are not in the middle as swimmers behind you may want to turn.
  • If you are trying to pass a swimmer please do not constantly touch or grab at their feet. Once should be enough.
  • When entering the water on your part of the relay please be careful of other swimmers.
  • If you are tired and feel you can't go on, please let your team mates know.
  • During the night hours, please be wary of the fact that there may be people living near the pool. Try to keep noise to a minimum.
  • Relay distances to be kept to a minimum of 100 metres.
  • Have fun and enjoy the challenge!

100m Sprint Challenge (selected events only)

Awarded to the individual fundraiser with the fastest recorded time during the MS Sprint Competition. An announcement will be made 5 minutes before the MS Sprint Competition. Teams' lanes will be cleared and swimmers participating in the MS Sprint will need to be in the water 1 minute before the race, ready to go. The competition begins at allocated time. Make sure you are ready to race in your team's allocated lane before the siren is sounded.

* Note: the 100m Sprint Challenge is only avaialble at selected events.

Awards

Overall Winning Team Award The most prestigious of all awards, the winning team will receive 1 point for every $10 raised and 1 point for every 500 metres they swim - every team has a chance to win! Highest Individual Fundraiser Awarded to the individual who has raised the most funds.

Youth Award

Awarded to a young individual for their fundraising effort and active participation throughout the event.

Farthest Distance Swum

Awarded to the individual fundraiser who swam the farthest distance within the 24 hours. Please visit the event page for other awards presented at your specific swim.

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