Heads Up Goggles Not Valid for Competition


Heads Up Goggles Not Valid for Competition

The great news is that there are folks who are always looking for ways to enhance or improve athletes’ performance. One new piece of equipment are goggles with a minicomputer and heads up display. These goggles were developed by Form. The goggles shown here enable a swimmer to use the smart display to know split times, distance, and more, as they swim. As such, these goggles, while seemingly excellent for training, would be illegal during competition. Rule 102.8.1E provides:


No swimmer is permitted to wear or use any device, substance or swimsuit to help his/her speed, pace, buoyancy or endurance during a race (such as webbed gloves, flippers, fins, power bands, adhesive substances, etc.). Goggles may be worn, and rub-down oil applied if not considered excessive by the Referee. Any kind of tape on the body is not permitted unless approved by the Referee.

Accordingly, should a swimmer compete with these goggles, they would be subject to disqualification.

Another developer is the VUZIX who has developed the Smart Swim™ head-up display for swimmers providing workout status and information in real-time, during uninterrupted swimming activities. There may be others, but the point is these devices while great for training, are not appropriate for competition.


Clark Hammond

Chair, Rules & Regulations Committee