I take it people may now a tiny bit about the unofficial road cycling rules...about matching your kit with the colour of the bike, sock lengths etc. http://www.velominati.com/the-rules/ So...i guess swimming has similiar unspoken rules / guidelines. This is bit of irony mixed in of course. Ill start with a few, rule 1 is from the actual rules
Rule 1: Allowed swim material - one swimsuit made of porous, textile material. For males, the suit must not extend below the knee or above the waist. For females it must not extend below the knee, onto the neck, or beyond the shoulder. One bathing cap made of latex or silicone. Goggles, earplugs, and noseclips. Sunscreen and grease. Safety lights for night visibility.
Rule 2: Harden the feck up - the water is never too cold to swim in.
Rule 3: It's all about the swim - short or long - any swim is better than no swim.
Rule 4: Take your turn - Applies for groups swims only - Nobody likes a drafter. You might think you’re playing a smart tactical game by letting everyone else do the work while you drafting. Do take your turn in the front.
Rule 5: Shut Up - Don't stop and chat during the swim, you can talk before or after
Rule 6: After Swim Food - A swim should always be followed by food - no exceptions. Preferably home made cake. Pizza is also allowed.
Rule 7: Tan lines should be cultivated and kept razor sharp. - Under no circumstances should one be changing swimgear in an effort to somehow diminish one’s tan lines.
Rule 8: If you swim in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period. Fair-weather swimming is a luxury reserved for sunday afternoons and sunny holidays.
Rule 9: Wetsuits are for triathletes - Self explanatory
Rule 10: Kit should be black - Briefs, jammers or swimsuits should preferably be black.
Rule 11: Eyewear shall be swimming specific. - No diving or snorkling googles allowed. Preferably wear swedes
Rule 12: No tow floats - Spare googles, drink, food, keys, wallet, sunblock or grease should be stored at the beach or with your escort boat or paddler.