FAQ's

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  • View our Swim Meet Etiquette tab under FAQ's to familiarise yourself with club expectations.

Team Uniform (click here for apparel page)

Club shirt and black shorts/pants

Club swim cap (must be worn when warming up before/during competitions)

How do I enter swimming meets? 

To enter competitions you need to be a financial registered swimmer with Swimming NZ.  You will receive a login and Password.  Enter via FASTLANE found on our home page.  It is your responsibility to read the full terms & conditions of entry before entering a swimmer into a meet and to check the psych sheets on the relevant web site prior to the meet to ensure you have been entered.  For assistance you can contact our PSC database administrator pscdatabase16@gmail.com

What happens when I go to a Swim Meet?

All swimmers must be in PSC uniform.  Bring your swim bag packed with 2x togs, towels and 2x goggles.

Two drink bottles and healthy options poolside snack food.  Lunch items if required. Cards or a book for prolonged rest intervals. You must wear Fina approved togs for racing and wear only 1 pair of swimming togs during racing.

WHERE DO I SIT AT A SWIM MEET and WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING?

Warm up - Be at the pool 15 mins prior to the meet pool warm up to ensure you get seating and to start your dryland stretching/warm up.  When pool warm up begins, do the warm up your coach has prepared (20 – 30 mins). This will include working all the muscle groups required for you to race well. Do not play around or disrupt other swimmers during warm up. There is no diving into lanes during a warm up. Diving lanes will be allocated in the last 20 – 30 mins of warm up. Do not climb out over the touch pads at the end of the pool.

After your warm up, have a drink and nibble of food, change togs if required.  Sit with the team, be prepared for racing by listening to the team manager for marshalling and the team coach for instruction.

Marshalling - The team manager will let you know when you are required to be at marshalling. You must listen for your name, you can be disqualified at marshalling if you do not hear your name called and are not seated in lane order ready to race.  Wear something warm to marshalling. Prior to going to marshalling check with your coach for any instruction. They will give you last minute reminders (i.e. touch with 2 hands / negative split the 2nd 100 etc) remember what you have done in training is what will help you now.

After your race - Go immediately to the warm down pool and start your warm down. This should take between 5 – 10 mins. Descending and finishing with work on the next race you have. Then go back to see your coach, who will discuss your race and give you advice on things to work on in training to make this an even better race next time. Younger swimmers may not be required to warm down and can return to their team immediately after the swim.

Please bear in mind that we have some very large squads and often have swimmers racing immediately after each other. Our apologies if we don’t get to speak to you all, but our priority is to watch every swimmer race. We may need to catch up with you at a later time on your race performance. (Ideally we would love to speak to every one of you)

PB’s – These are Personal Best times.  On the programme you will see that your child has a time next to their name. This is the first registered time they have recorded. They achieve a PB when they beat this time. If your child has never done the swim before they are on the program with NT (no time).  Some meets we are not allowed to enter a swimmer with NT, so the recorder will estimate a time for swimmer, or the coach will do a time trail and advise the recorder of the time.

Splits - Thse are the times per 25m, 50m or 100m, depending on the length of the race. From these times the coach can see where the swimmers weakness in technique / fitness is. I.e. dropping 5 second on the 3rd 25m swim and not getting it back for the last 25m, tells us the swimmer went out too fast and didn’t have the fitness to sustain the swim.

DQ’s - If you have been disqualified for a race, we will explain the reason for it; we then need to ensure that you work on that item to make sure it never happens again. Learn from it.

Time Conversions - Pending the time of year/season, races will be held in short course (SC - 25 metre) or long course (LC - 50 metre) pool.  PB's acheived in different length pools will be converted on a psych sheet.  

My Togs https://mytogs.co.nz is a very handy app to assist with goal setting and time conversion.

Long Course / Short Course - Long course is a 50 metre length pool and short course is a 25 metre length pool.  Long course meets are often held in the summer months.

Committee and members are available to help with your questions.  View the Contact Us page or follow us on Facebook and look out for Q&A Sessions that we host through the year. 

What happens at National Meets?

The club has a national team travel policy for all national meets and swimmers are encouraged to stay with the team during the course of the week.  The club requires team mangers to assist at national meets and applications will be sought from those that are interested.   Please read our team travel policy on our website Policies page.  SNZ requests all Team Managers undergo a police vetting check.