Medley Relay

Event Description (4x50m)

With a dive start on an acoustic signal, the first competitor races 50 m freestyle without fins.

With a dive start after the first competitor touches the wall, the second competitor races 50 m freestyle with fins.

With a dive start after the second competitor touches the wall, the third competitor races 50 m freestyle towing a rescue tube. The third competitor touches the turn wall.

The fourth competitor, in the water wearing fins with at least one hand on the turn wall, dons the harness. The third competitor, playing the role of “victim”, holds the rescue tube with both hands while being towed 50 m by the fourth competitor to the finish.

  1. Both the fourth and the third competitor (victim) must leave from the turn wall. The victim must be in contact with the rescue tube before passing the 5 m line. 
  2. The event is complete when the fourth competitor touches the finish wall of the pool with the victim in contact with the tube.
  3. The victim may kick while being towed, but no other assistance is permitted.
  4. The victim must grip the main body of the rescue tube – not the rope or clip.
  5. The victim must hold onto the rescue tube with both hands while being towed, but may reposition his or her hands on the tube during the tow without disqualification.
  6. While the fourth competitor must have at least one hand on the turn wall or starting block when the third competitor touches the edge, the fourth competitor may push off the wall with hand, arm, or feet. The fourth competitor may not touch any part of the rescue tube, its harness or line, until after the third competitor has touched the turn wall.
  7. The first and second competitors must leave the water upon finishing their legs of the relay without obstructing any other competitors. The first and second competitors may not re-enter the water.


Rescue tube, swim fins: See Section 10 – Facility and Equipment Standards and Scrutinizing Procedures. Competitors must use the rescue tubes supplied by organisers.

Starts with rescue tubes: For the third competitor’s 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 or tow.

Towing the victim: Competitors must tow the victim with the line of the rescue tube fully extended.

Retrieving lost fins: Competitors may retrieve fins lost after the start and the team may continue in the race. The team will not be permitted to start again in another heat.

Rescue tube defects: If in the referee’s opinion, the rescue tube, line or harness (belt) presents a technical defect during the race, the referee may allow the team to repeat the race.


In addition to the ILS Competition Manual General Rules and Procedures in Section 3.0 and those outlined in Section 4.1-4.3 and Section 10 the following behaviour will result in disqualification:

  1. The second and third competitors starting before first and second competitors respectively touch the turn wall.
  2. The fourth competitor touching the rescue tube harness, line or any part of the rescue tube before the third competitor touches the turn wall.
  3. The fourth competitor leaving the turn wall before the third competitor touches the wall.
  4. Failure to surface before the 12.5m. (13 years and under)
  5. The victim holding the rescue tube by the rope or clip.
  6. The victim helping with arm movements, or not holding the rescue tube with both hands.
  7. The victim losing the rescue tube after passing the 5 m line.
  8. The fourth competitor towing the victim without the line of the rescue tube fully extended.
  9. One competitor completing two or more legs of the event (excludes third competitor acting as victim).
  10. Failure to touch the finish wall.
  11. A competitor re-entering the water after completing his or her leg of the.


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