Information and Downloads for Swimmers

Regional Swimmers

Download a copy of your swimmer's logbook here. You can select individual pages for printing. All regional swimmers must keep their logbooks up-to-date to include all training sessions and gala evaluations and regularly assess their performance against their targets.

However, we encourage ALL competitive squad swimmers to keep a logbook. It's a great way to keep track of your performance!

Intermediate and Development Swimmers

Download a copy of the E-Log book to record all your times. You will need to add your times to entry forms when entering galas, so please make sure that it's kept up to date!

Time Conversions

The Pullbuoy time converter will help you convert your short course times to long course times. Make sure you select "ASA tables" as your method of conversion when using converted times for gala entries. The qualifying times for most long course galas are long course times and you will be required to fill in your entry form using long course or converted times.

Swimming Terminology

Galas can be rather confusing for both swimmers and parents until they have got used to the technical terminology which is used. Below are a range of terms with short explanations. 

 

Open Meet

At an Open Meet swimmers are required to meet qualification times in order to compete.
Graded Meet At a Graded Meet a time cap is applied and only those swimmers below the cap are allowed to compete. 
Speeding Ticket

This is what a swimmer receives for swimming too fast at a Graded Meet.    

Heat Declared Winners This means that there are no finals and the age group winners are announced according to the fastest time after all heats have been completed.
Disqualification The most common reasons why a swimmer is disqualified are that a swimmer has not touched the wall properly when turning or has not used the proper stroke technique.
Over the Top Starts

This means that swimmers stay in the water until the next heat has started.

One Start Rule

This means that a swimmer is automatically disqualified for provoking a false start.

Starts and False Starts At the start of a race the referee will blow three times to notify the competitors that the run is about to begin. The referee will then give one long blow which tells the swimmers to mount the starting block or, in the case of backstroke, to enter the water. The referee will then hand over to the starter who will say 'take your marks'. Once all swimmers are ready, the starter will either fire a starter gun or press the electronic starter button. In the event of a false start, the starter will press the starter button again and/or the false start rope will be dropped into the water.  
Personal Best (PB) This is the fastest time that a swimmer has recorded for a particular stroke and length. Apart from elite level, PBs can be recorded at internal club competitions or club time trials.
Long Course/Short Course A long course is a 50 metre pool and short course a 25 metre pool. To convert times from a short Course time to a Long Course time a conversion table has to be used..
Dual Meet A competition between two clubs.
Whipping Area

The area where the swimmers meet ahead of their race.

Kickboard

A flat rectangular piece of foam used in kick sets

Pullbouy

A piece of foam that goes between your legs and helps you float whilst doing pull sets

Paddles

Flat pieces of plastic worn on the hands, usually during pull sets.

Individual Medley or IM

A race comprising all four strokes in the following series - butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and frontcrawl.

Touchpad A board at the end of the pool that acts as a stopwatch. When the swimmer finishes and hits the touchpad, it records the time.
Heats

The division of an event in which there are too many swimmers to compete at one time.

Coach "The king of the pool and the one that is always right"

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