>I don't have any information on the specifics (where to get them, cost, etc.)
>but I do know such a starting gun exists. All through high school, on my
>private swim club, and through college, nearly every race was started with
>these "flashes". So they do DEFINITELY exists, it's just a matter of finding
As to whether it's legal for someone to tap the swimmer for her/him to start. USS regs
basically give the referee freedom to make whatever accomodations are necessary. I've
been at meets where the swimmer was tapped to start, and others where the strobe light
was repositioned for the swimmer to see to start.
I've seen deaf swimmers start from a gun. They have
another person stand near their block and tap their
leg as the gun goes off. I don't know how you handle
false starts, espcially in those cases when it is
not the swimmer's fault. Is this even legal nowadays?
You can buy, at least from Colorado, just the starting unit, which has
a strobe start and a loudspeaker system. I worked once at a club that
owned the starting unit and _one_ touch pad (no timing system) so that
the team wouldn't be at a disadvantage at league championships, where
Colorado Timing was used. Go figure...
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