Swimming NSW authorised the use of backstroke ledges at their State Open meet this weekend. I am very grateful to Peter Shell for teaching me how to use one, and agreeing to share via this video.
The protocol at the start of backstroke races has been adjusted to incorporate the ledges. Inspectors of Turns are responsible for their installation and removal. Prior to the second referee’s whistle, they must check that swimmers’ toes (on both feet) are in contact with the face of the touchpad. If not, they should ask the swimmer to rectify. Rule SW6.1 applies.
Swimmer use of a backstroke ledge is optional. Some swimmers are unfamiliar with their use so a smile and patience helps!
Note this is my understanding of the situation – refer to SNSW for the authoritative position.