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Having never seen a man cover his hair with a kippah while swimming I always assumed it was permitted to do so. However I am curious if there is any halachic discussion recorded which explicitly permits a man to swim without a head covering.

  • dupe? judaism.stackexchange.com/q/5278/759 – Double AA Jun 5 '13 at 14:00
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    @DoubleAA I don't think so. The question there was in regards to tzinus, my question is in regards to the rabbinic custom which has now essentially become law for a man to cover his head at all times. I'm asking if that necessarily includes swimming – user2110 Jun 5 '13 at 14:04
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    What is a "rabbinic custom"? – Double AA Jun 5 '13 at 14:06
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Yes there is discussion, and since this is Judaism we're talking about, there is of course disagreement.

The Kof-K has a document (PDF) regarding the wearing of the kippah, which footnotes numerous sources for the following sentence:

Wearing a yarmulka is not necessary when a person is actually in the pool, shower, or mikvah

Footnotes:

Birchei Yosef 2:5, Sharei Teshuva 3, Ben Ish Chai ibid, Lev Ha’aretz 2:6:52, Kaf Ha’chaim 2:17, Minchas Yitzchok ibid, Yabea Omer O.C. 6:15:7. Refer to Rivevos Ephraim 4:185, Shila D’kaita page 353 quoting the opinion of Horav Elyashiv Shlita, Teshuvos V’hanhugos 1:12.

It also quotes several sources that are stringent. You may wish to CYLOR.

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