With so many beach destinations around the world being flooded with people wanting to have fun, you can bet that there’s a lot of attention on the water at the moment.
While it might seem that it would be a good idea to keep your swimwear at home, you might be surprised to learn that the answer is actually no.
The answer comes from the International Swimming Organization (IWOC) who have created a new rule that they believe should be in place all around the globe.
According to the IWOC, all swimsuits should be allowed to be worn at all times and all areas of the water should be open to the public.
Swimming in public places like beaches is an essential part of the life cycle of any aquatic life, and we’re not talking about a one-off event.
So why is the IWC going to prevent everyone from wearing their swimsuits at all beaches?
Well, the answer may be a little more complex than it sounds.
In order to protect marine life, the IWTC also believe that there needs to be strict guidelines around the use of body armour, which includes the use and maintenance of helmets and face shields.
“For many reasons, wearing swimwear on beaches is not advisable, as the skin and skin layers of the body are more vulnerable to the elements,” the IWA said in their latest policy document.
“If someone is swimming in a water hazard, such as an open ocean, then they should wear a protective headgear that is made of an approved waterproof material, such a visor, which is a helmet or face shield.”
But while swimming in the water is undoubtedly important, this doesn’t mean that it is not also an integral part of a swimsuit.
For example, there’s also the issue of sunscreen.
While many people would rather use a face shield or a helmet to protect themselves, there are those who don’t like wearing a full face of protection.
IWC also believes that the body should be worn when it’s warm and wet, and that the skin should be protected against the sun’s UV rays.
“Swimming is not only a sport where everyone should be swimming but also a sport that can be enjoyed by all people, irrespective of age, body type or nationality,” they added.
It’s important to remember that not everyone is going to be swimming in public, but it’s important that you be aware of the rules before you do.
If you’re a beginner and you want to start swimming, check out our guide to how to start your first summer session in the UK.
Read more on BBC Travel:Swimming rules: What’s in your swimming kit?
Swimming attire: The full listOf course, if you’re new to swimming or don’t know much about swimming, it’s best to do a bit of research before you begin your first session.
There are many swimming activities around the country that are open to all people.
If you’re planning to start, you should also check out the rules around water sports and the IWW’s swimwear guidelines.
And if you have any questions, be sure to ask us on Twitter or Instagram and we’ll be happy to help you out.