Frequently Asked Questions!
How does the night run? After a warm up period of 30 minutes at 5:30pm, we will commence the evening with our 12.5m Stingray Pups swimmers at 6:00pm so that those children rotate quickly through the four strokes and are able to get home at a reasonable time (generally finishing by 6:30pm, unless there is a Distance Championship event, in which case the Pups races are run after the conclusion of the distance event). At 6:30pm we will then move through the program for swimmers participating in the longer distances, commencing with 25m then moving to 50m and 100m in a particular stroke, before moving to the next stroke. The night should conclude by 8:00-8:30pm, but is variable on the number of swimmers nominated from week to week.
What time does swim club start? Warm up / free swimming commences at 5:30pm, with the 12.5m races starting at 6:00pm, and the longer distances commencing at 6:30pm.
What should my child wear? Girls should wear a one-piece swimming costume. Boys may wear "racers" or "jammer" style skins or briefs. A swim cap is required to be worn at all times. Goggles are optional, but recommended.
How will the children know when they are swimming? There will be a microphone announcement to marshall the various strokes. Eg. "All freestyle swimmers to the marshalling area please".
Where is the marshalling area? It is the undercover area on the carpark side of the pool complex. Spectators should not sit in this area.
Can I assist my child? You certainly can! You may escort them to marshalling, and can also assist them at the start of their race behind the blocks and provide encouragement. We do ask that you keep the sides of the pool relatively clear for our club referees to have a clear path.
What is the starting signal for a race? We run a semi-automatic timing system with Dolphin stopwatches linked to a starting buzzer and computer system. The children will hear a long whistle from the referee, upon which they should take their position either on top of the diving blocks OR standing on the edge of the pool coping OR alternatively children may enter the pool and perform a deep water start, with one hand on the backstroke bar or wall (or in the pool with both hands on the backstroke bar and feet against the wall, for backstroke). The starter will then call the distance and stroke and "Take your mark", followed by the starting sound / 'beep' which is the signal to start racing. Eg. "50m Freestyle, take your mark...BEEP".
How is the 12.5m mark defined? There is a rope across the pool at the 12.5m mark. The rope has pool noodles attached to it, and the children simply need to swim to it and touch it.
Is there any extra support for 12.5m swimmers? Yes! We understand that many children swimming this distance are very young and still developing their technique and confidence. We will have older children standing in the water behind the 12.5m rope to help encourage your child and to provide support if needed.
What do the referees do? The referees are on hand to ensure that the heats run smoothly and safely and in accordance with the club rules and regulations. Our Head Referee, Carol Bizzell, is a life member of the club and a fully qualified ASCTA Bronze coach.
Can my child be disqualified? In order for the children to learn and progress, we do apply the rules of Swimming Australia, and children aged 9+ may be disqualified for incorrect technique. Rule tolerances will apply to children aged 8 & under, and these junior swimmers will not be disqualified for any reason, unless they are swimming a completely different stroke (eg. freestyle instead of backstroke). Rules tolerances will also apply to all 12.5m events regardless of age. Common disqualifications for swimmers aged 9+ include: starting before the starting signal (false start), swimming the incorrect stroke in a race (eg. swimming freestyle when the stroke is butterfly), not touching the wall with 2 hands in the breaststroke, standing up in the pool in the middle of a race, incorrect technique in turns, and being completely submerged underwater in a backstroke finish. This list is not extensive.
How can I find out the times my child has swum? We feed all times live to the Meet Mobile app on your device at every club night, and these should be available within minutes of your child swimming. Please note that this is subject to reliable internet reception on the night. The Meet Mobile times are always unofficial and do not take account of last minute changes, stopwatch issues or other unforeseen circumstances. The official times will be those posted to the club website each week here. (Please note there is a subscription fee to access Meet Mobile on your device. This is charged by the app developer, not the club).
How are the Seed Times calculated? Seed times are your child's personal best times from last season, up until the final standard club night when the final points for the season were accrued. Times achieved at Club Championships are disregarded. New swimmers will start with no seed time (NT).
Is there food and refreshments available? Yes! We run our BBQ every week, offering sausages, angus beef burgers, bacon & egg burgers, water, softdrinks, sports drinks and confectionery. The BBQ is run with the assistance of all swim club families, who will be rostered on to assist once per season. Your assistance with completing your rostered BBQ duty is greatly appreciated, and goes a long way to making it a true community club, where everyone pitches in and lends a hand.
What if it's raining or there's a storm? Club nights will proceed in the event of light to moderate rain. In the event of lightning, racing will be suspended and will not resume until 20 minutes has passed since the last lightning flash. Swim club may be cancelled in the following circumstances: constant driving rain, continual storm activity, high winds, and cold temperatures, at the discretion of the club committee and having regard to the relevant weather forecasts. Club members will be notified via email and a post to the club Facebook page.
How can I help? It is an expectation of membership that every family contributes to the smooth running and success of the club, without it being overly onerous. To that end, we develop a Volunteer Roster whereby each family is allocated to one club night per season and will lend a hand with setup, BBQ serving/cooking and pack up. Each week we will also call for volunteers to assist with timekeeping using our Dolphin stopwatches, and we may also need assistance with marshalling the children into their races. Having parents to timekeep is essential to the smooth running of the night and your children receiving accurate times. Remember, the club is run wholly by volunteers, and every bit of assistance is greatly appreciated! If you want to become more involved, please step right up...the more the merrier, and even though we look like we have everything under control, we sometimes don't!!
The pool has a "no glass" policy. Please ensure that no glass of any nature is brought into the pool complex. Thank you for your cooperation.