Doping is the use of drugs to gain competitive advantage. This is cheating. It is also is illegal and can damage your health.
The British Swimming Association has an anti-doping policy. It enforces anti-doping rules and maintains a doping control programme (including drug detection tests).
In Britain any registered competitor may be tested for drug abuse. Very young competitors tend not to be tested, but testing has occurred at National Age Groups.
A swimmer may be breaking regulations even if the drug was taken unknowingly / accidentally, e.g. in medicines
Some common medicines contain drugs which are illegal. If in doubt check with your GP or pharmacist and refer to the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) hyperlink below.
Most anti asthma drugs are only legal if taken by inhaler. If such drugs have to be used by mouth or injection they must be declared in writing to the British Swimming Association.
Therapeutic Use Exemption
Some other groups of drugs are legal if they are declared in advance but only if they are given for a specific condition e.g. dental anaesthetic
Even the taking of legal medications may require competitive swimmers to complete a medical declaration form
List of prohibited Drugs
To check you are not unknowingly taking banned substances the current Prohibited Drugs List can be consulted via the link below:
The following link takes you to the latest "100% Me" Official British Swimming Doping Newsletter, which contains lots of useful information: