Lightning Policy: 1. LIGHTNING OCCURRING PRIOR TO THE DESIGNATED STARTING TIME OF THE MEET:
When lightning is visible prior to the start of the swim meet the representatives of the two teams along with the meet referee shall meet and decide between themselves whether or not to delay the meet, start the meet, or to postpone it until another day. The minimum time for starting shall be not less than thirty (30) minutes following the last flash of the visible lightning.
2. LIGHTNING OCCURRING AFTER THE START OF THE MEET:
When visible lightning occurs following the start of the meet the referee shall immediately stop the meet and order the pool and pool deck cleared. The referee shall immediately begin a clock, which shall start again following each visible flash of lightning. Only at such time as when thirty (30) minutes have lapsed following the last visible lightning flash shall the referee resume the meet.
Should visible lightning require the meet to be stopped a second time, or should the delay caused by the first stoppage exceed one and one half (1.5) hours the referee shall convene a meeting of the team representatives and provide the following information:
a. The referee intends to call the meet at this time.
b. The team representatives may reconvene the meet at a different time and/or location.
c. The team representatives may choose to end the meet as swum.
d. The team representatives should then decide among themselves as to which course to take and notify the assembled coaches, swimmers and parents.
GENERAL LIGHTNING GUIDANCE
When lightning is seen, use the "30-30" rule....when you see the lightning, count the time until you hear thunder. If this time is 30 seconds or less, go immediately to a safer place. All swimmers, coaches, parents and fans should head to shelter. Guardians are responsible for their own children’s safety. Since there is not an enclosed structure large enough to accommodate the swim meet crowd, the next safest alternative is a car. An enclosed vehicle with a solid metal roof and metal sides is a reasonable second choice to an enclosed building. As with a building, avoid contact with conducting paths going outside. Close window, lean away from the door, put your hands in your lap and don’t touch the steering wheel, ignition, gear shifter or radio. Convertibles, cars with fiberglass or plastic shells, and open-framed vehicles are not suitable lightning shelters. Standing under trees is not a safe option during lightning.
If you can’t see the lightning, just hearing the thunder means lightning is likely within striking range. The “30-30” Rule is best suited for existing thunderstorms moving into the area. However, it cannot protect against the first lightning strike. Be alert to changes in sky conditions alluding to thunderstorm development directly overhead.