DDSC Galas

DDSC hold our formal competitions for the club shields and trophies. The Sprint Championships are run in June/July and the main Club Championships are held in November. 

Age groups

In most galas, the children generally swim against others in their own age group but sometimes (as in Club Championships events) in a 2-year age band. This may not be the same as the heat they actually swam in. The “age” of the swimmer is the age they are as at 31st December in any given year. Some competitions may still be AGE on DAY; OR of the last day of a Competition, for example, such as the County Championships or a Team League competition) If you are unsure about what your child should be entered for in a Club or Open meet event please ask their squad coach. The best way to do this is to speak with your child’s coach at the END of a session or email the Coach / Secretary who will gladly respond to you. 

Competition Entry Fees and Spectator Fees

To meet the cost of hosting events, such as the Championships and Development Galas a swimmer’s entry fee is charged per event entered along with a standard admin fee. Spectators are also asked to pay a small charge, and there are normally optional raffle tickets usually available to purchase. For Team Galas, there is not a charge for swimmers but there will be a spectator fee which is implemented by the Host Club. At a Club Championship or Development gala: The heats are arranged in order of the children’s “PB” (Personal Best time). Swimmers without a recorded time swim in the early heats.

Achieving Personal Best Times (PBs)

Personal Best times (PBs) can be set at both competitions and time-trials.  They can be taken from relay events if the swimmer was first in the relay and the time was recorded electronically. Regional and National Championships Qualifying Times can only be set at ASA licensed open meets, such as the County Championships. Level 4 Licensed meets are not eligible for qualification to Regional and National Championships but times will be listed on the British Swimming Rankings. Personal Best times (PBs) are recorded for each swimmer on a database which is updated as soon as possible after each competition and shows under best times on your membership page.  It is a very good idea to keep a record of your own PBs.


ALL competitions are held under ASA Laws and Technical Rules of Swimming. The ASA is the governing body for the sport of swimming in all its disciplines. Children may be disqualified in races for several reasons, for example include starting before the starting signal is given, incorrect technical turns or finishes, or not swimming the strokes as per stroke rules. Swimming can be very technical, especially the individual medley, breaststroke and butterfly events. Some swimmers may have a disability which may prevent them from swimming in a competition under those rules and a Swimming Disability certificate may be issued once a swimmer has been classified.