USAT Wetsuit Rules


Since many of you have asked I thought I would share the criteria we use for wetsuit use.

Below are the USAT Rules governing the use of wetsuits.

4.4. Wetsuits.
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Age group participants shall not wear wet suits in water temperatures equal to or greater than 84 degrees Fahrenheit. The wetsuit policy for elite athletes shall be determined by the USAT Athletes Advisory Council. The AAC has set the wetsuit maximum temperature for elite/pros at 68 degrees for swim distances less than 3000 meters and 71.6 degrees for distances of 3000 meters or greater.

Effective January 1, 2013, any swimmer wearing a wetsuit with a thickness measured in any part greater than 5 millimeters shall be disqualified



Please read and be familiar with these and all competitive rules which we use to host the triathlons.   They can be found at under competitive rules. 

Here is the summary :

The Competitive Rules are intended to provide for the orderly and consistent administration of events sanctioned by USA Triathlon and are not designed to establish standards of care for the safety of participants or other persons. Every participant, official, volunteer and spectator should consider all safety issues and make related decisions prudently without reliance upon the Competitive Rules.

USA Triathlon makes no express or implied warranty, guarantee, or representation regarding the degree of safety, which may or may not result from compliance with the Competitive Rules. Examinations or inspections of equipment at sanctioned events are undertaken solely to monitor compliance with the Competitive Rules and do not guarantee or ensure safety from personal injury or property damage. The safety of race equipment is the sole responsibility of each and every participant.

Italicized sections of these Competitive Rules shall apply to those athletes holding an elite license at any event with a minimum cash prize purse of $5000.00. An event with a minimum $5000.00 prize purse must limit the Elite Division to athletes holding a USAT Elite License or an elite license from an ITU member federation. All individual prize money is reserved for the Elite Division.

Article I: Scope Purpose and Construction
Article II: Membership
Article III: General Rules of Conduct and Penalties
Article IV: Swimming Conduct
Article V: Cycling Conduct
Article VI: Running Conduct
Article VII: Transition Area Conduct
Article VIII: Doping Control Rules
Article IX: Race Officiating
Article X: Protests
Article XI: Hearings and Appeals
Rules Modifications for Paratriathletes
PC Open Division Guidelines
USA Triathlon Supplemental Youth Rules
Most Common Rules Violations
Approved Speedsuits/Skinsuits
2013 Wetsuit Rule FAQ