Throughout each season we attend selected open meets and competition appropriate to swimmers abilities and stages of their development.
Once our swimmers are Category 2 registered and members of the Comp A or Comp B squads, they are eligible to compete in open meets.
These are events licensed by Swim England, which meet certain standards to ensure fair competition. The English swimming licensed meets calendar contains a range of meets, designed to give all registered swimmers the chance to compete.
We select appropriate events from the ASA licenced meet calendar which we feel are best suited to our swimmers. Swimmers can also attend open meets not on the club supported schedule, but we request that the open meet manager is kept informed.
If a swimmer is looking to achieve county / regional qualification, then these times need to be achieved at an ASA Ranked level 1-4 meet.
There are 4 Levels of open meets licensed by the ASA. The general rule is ‘the higher the level, the faster the qualification time’ – where level 1 is for the fastest swimmers. Then times achieved by the swimmer are recorded in the ASA Rankings list, which can be found here: www.swimmingresults.org/individualbest
Open meets are run by swimming clubs and swimming governing bodies and include the Wiltshire County Championships, South West Regional Championships and National Championships.
A full list of UK open meets can be found here:
As a club, we get involved in three different types of competitions:
Swimming club open meets
These are run throughout the year and swimmers are encouraged to attend the club supported meets organised by the Open Meet Manager. Entry packs are issued for each Open Meet providing full details of the Level of the meet (i.e. 1, 2, 3 or 4), qualification times, schedule of events, venue etc.
Wiltshire county championships
These are for those swimmers that have qualified through an Open Meet licensed at level 1, 2, 3 or 4. Wiltshire Swimming sets qualifying times. The competition is run in a 25m pool, and is usually held in Jan/Feb each year. It is split into 4:
- Youth championships – 14 years and over (age as at 31st Dec)
- Age Groups Championship – 10 years – 13 years (age as at 31st Dec)
- Sprints – All ages
- Long Distance – All ages
South West regional championships
These are for those swimmers that have qualified through any Open Meet licensed at level 1, 2 or 3 and covers the counties of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire. The ASA South West Region sets qualifying times and the competition is run in a 50m pool, usually held in May/June each year. It is split into 2:
- Youth championships – 15 years old (age as at 31st Dec)
- Age Group championships – 11 years – 14 years (age as at 31st Dec)
What kind of things to bring along
Two swimming costumes
Or a race and warm up suit.
One race pair and a spare.
Food to last the session/day
We recommend bananas, cereal bars and dried fruit. Try to avoid too many sweets.
For poolside and pre-race registration.
One to keep you warm and one to dry off afterwards.
Lots of water
At least two litres of water/squash. No fizzy drinks.
Footwear for poolside
and pre-race registration (flip flops).
Compulsory club kit
consisting of at least a t-shirt and swimming hat.
iPod for music or a book.
There is usually a small entry fee, so bring some cash. A programme is generally on sale at the entry desk, so pick one up so you know when your child is swimming. Make sure that your child is with the group and knows where you will be in case of emergency and please provide the coaches poolside with a contact mobile phone number.
Bring plenty of food/drink to last the day, it can be a long day sat watching.
Please stay in the designated spectators areas and do not cross over into the swimmers/coaches area.
Please supply your child with the correct club kit as per the uniform policy.
Results will usually be posted in a central location for parents and swimmers to see. It is important to record your child’s times as these will be needed to enter other meets. You need to have the most up to date record of your swimmers achievements.