At the meet

Below are some tips for both Swimmers and Parents attending a meet

Swimmers and Parents

  • Arrive and check in with the Team Manager at least 30 minutes before warmup
  • Participate in dryland exercises with the team
  • As a team, we are required to provide 1 official per 4 swimmers, therefore time keeping may be required by parents
  • Buying your own programme at the event can help the organisation of the day
  • Ensure you have allocated enough time to stay until the end of the meet, even if you have completed your races
  • Cheer on your team mates when they are racing



  • Sit with your team so the Team Manager can advise you when to go to marshalling
  • Do not wander off as there is no time for your Team Manager to look for you before a race
  • If you need to wander off or leave the team area, advise your Team Manager before going and once back
  • Check in with your Coach before you go to marshalling for a race plan
  • At marshalling your name will be checked off
  • Stay in your allocated space until moving to the starting blocks


The Race

  • Check with the time keepers that you have the right heat and lane - mistakes can happen
  • Stand quietly being the timekeeprs until its your race, keeping some warm clothes on until the last moment
  • Get your cap and goggles on comfortably before getting on the pool deck
  • At the end of your race exit the pool only when signalled to do so, and if there is timing equipment being used, never climb over it, use the ladders at the side of the pool
  • Ask the timekeepers for your time, remembering to thank them - they are volunteers
  • Talk to your coach after your race for an evaluation of your performance



  • Some bigger events require you to swim heats and finals, while some smaller events are straight timed finals
  • Official times are posted on the wall and sometimes on meet mobile after each event
  • Sometimes age group ribbons or medals are awarded. These area ever distributed during a prize giving or by the Team Manager or Coach