Qualifying Times 
County
All Ages:501 
Regional
Age Group:23 
Youth:44 
Short Course:11 
National
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Youth:


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Frequently Asked Questions?

 

General

  1. What should I do if I feel unwell in training or when I’m competing?
Training
  1. I am new to Competitive Swimming, how many sessions should I attend?
  2. I am about to join Reception squad, what equipment will I need?
  3. How old do you need to be to go morning training?
Galas
  1. How do I know if I have been selected for a team gala?
  2. How do I get selected for a team gala?
  3. How do I let the coach know that I can or cannot swim?
  4. I ticked my name showing I was available to swim but now I can’t, what should I do?
  5. What event will I swim in at the team gala?
  6. How do I know when the galas are being held?
  7. I am competing in a gala or open meet should I miss training?
  8. It’s the first time I have entered a gala, what events should I enter?

General

What should I do if I feel unwell in training or when I’m competing?
You must let one of the coaches know as soon as possible.  However you need to learn the difference between feeling 'sick' from hard training and feeling genuinely unwell.

 

Training

I am new to the club, how many sessions should I attend?
That depends on which squad you are in but the simple truth is that the more you train/practice the better you will get. Once you get to 11 you should be training at least 3 times a week and depending on squad at least 4 or more hours a week.

I am about to join the Junior Reception squad, what equipment will I need?
You will need decent goggles (not the whole face ones (check with the club desk for samples), a large drinks bottle, trunks/costume, towel, a pull buoy, a kickboard, a bag to hold them all in. Most items can be ordered online from the club shop.

How old do you need to be to go morning training?
There isn’t an age restriction to attend morning training, however you must be in Junior Development or above.  Some sessions are restricted to certain squads, check before attending.


Galas

How do I know if I have been selected for a team gala?
A new news article will appear on the home page of the website and a team sheet will be posted on the website under the Swimmers section. You can now confirm whether you are available online. Notices will also be posted on the notice boards at all the pools. These notices provide details of the gala: Date, Venue and Time of the Warm Up and Start Time of the Gala. Most team galas are held on a Saturday evening.

How do I get selected for a team gala?
Swimmers are selected using the ranking list by the coaches.

How do I let the coach know that I can or cannot swim?
All swimmers selected should tick or cross their name as soon as possible after the team sheet is posted on the website.

I ticked my name showing I was available to swim but now I can’t, what should I do?
You must let the Team Manager or your coach know as soon as possible if you are unable to swim. Once a swimmer has confirmed they will swim for the club they should do so. By withdrawing from a gala you are potential letting your team members down and may prevent others from swimming. However, an obvious exception to this is if the swimmer is ill, if that happens don't wait to see if you feel better, we will need to get a replacement ensure we have enough swimmers in each age group.

What event will I swim in at the gala?
Swimmers are normally told which event they are swimming at the gala. Swimmers must be expected to swim any stroke and any distance. Some swimmers may only swim 1 or 2 events whilst others swim more.

How do I know when the galas are being held?
All the galas are detailed on the competition planner on the website. This can be found under the Swimmers section. You should check this regularly.

I am competing in a gala or open meet should I miss training?
No a consistent training pattern is very important.  Your body expects you to train at the same times, changing the pattern could adversely affect your competition. Swimmers should only miss training due to illness or injury. If in any doubt ask your coach.

It’s the first time I have entered a gala, what events should I enter?
Entering galas for the first time can be confusing to swimmers and parents,  read the Open Meets page on the web site and if you're still unsure speak to your coach or contact Dirk Cox.