Guidelines and Procedures for Meets & Galas ... for Swimmers


Swimmers Uniform:

Glenalbyn Swimming Club has a proud history in competitive swimming. As such, we encourage all club members to wear our uniform with pride. There is nothing better than looking at your teammates at swim meets and training, and feeling like you are a part of something greater than yourself.


In training, we expect our swimmers to wear the Club cap. At competitions, the required uniform consists of our team cap and shirt. Team photos will be taken only with those who are wearing their uniform. If you do not yet have a uniform, you should at the very least wear navy or navy and red clothing.


Our team culture is such that we train together, race together, and support each other every step of the way:

Sitting with teammates on deck and cheering for them when they’re swimming builds a strong team dynamic that will help our swimmers be faster and more confident in the water. This behaviour also teaches independence and develops swimmers into stronger competitors. Glenalbyn swimmers are to arrive at the meet on time for warm-ups and ask their team manager where the team will be “camped” for the day. Bring warm clothes, water bottle, and all necessary equipment Being prepared for the meet is the easiest way to ensure you are able to swim to the best of your ability. Swimmers need to keep their bodies warm and comfortable while not swimming, thus you should have an extra set of clothes (track pants and a jumper) that you can wear over your togs at a meet. Hydration is also essential and all swimmers should bring their water bottles to meets as well as to marshalling. Healthy snacks such as grapes, oranges, apples, pasta and sandwiches are necessary at swim meets.


Marshalling and events, lanes and heats:

Swimmers are in charge of knowing their events, heats, and lanes.

Arrive on time for initial warm up A proper warm up is the essential starting point for a good race.

Make sure to arrive on time for warm-up as advertised (or as advised by your coach).

Immediately find your coach and let them know you are at the meet.  Talk to your coach before the race. Coaches are at meets to educate swimmers and help them in every aspect possible. While swimmers are encouraged to spend time and socialise with each other on deck, before each race coaches will expect swimmers to find them and discuss the race plan.

Find your coach when the marshalling one or two events before yours is being called. In the NAC coaches can be at the swim down pool so swimmers may need to spend a couple of minutes looking for the Coach.  It is the swimmers’ responsibility to find their coach before the race. Having your events, heats, and lanes on your hand will ensure you are prepared to go to Marshalling on time.

You want to be on time to Marshalling to ensure you are able to swim in your event. If you are late, your heat may go without you and you may miss your opportunity to swim the event. Be sure to talk to Your Coach after the Race. Swim meets are valuable opportunities for swimmers to learn both how to improve their racing and their training.

After each race, coaches will have feedback they need to communicate to the swimmer to ensure the swimmer learns from the race and has focus points for next time. It is the swimmers’ responsibility to find their coach after the race.


Recovery after the Race:

Swimmers need to recover after races to reduce their heart rate and help remove lactic acid created by the race they have just completed. Coaches will advise the swimmer of how far to swim in their warm-down and what to include in it. Swimmers are expected to complete this recovery even if the coaches are not present with the swimmer at the time of the warm-down. Swimmers aged 12 and over should swim down and then come talk to their coach.


Warm up for the next race: Completing a warm-up for the next race is essential for preparing the body; as such swimmers are expected to warm up before each race.

Sometimes the warm-up can be included in the warm-down if there is insufficient time between races; in either case the coach will advise the swimmer of the best recovery and preparation plan.



It is an honour and a privilege to be a member of a Glenalbyn relay at any meet. If our coaches have selected a swimmer to be part of a relay, that means the coach has carefully considered the swimmer’s capabilities and believes the relay is a good opportunity for the swimmer’s development and education. It is important that all swimmers and parents realise that relay teams are selected based on a number of factors and are always selected with the team’s best interest in mind. All relay teams are selected by the coaches with the final decision being made by the head coach.


Training on Meet Days and the days coming up to a meet: 

It is up to your coach if you will train on the same day as you have competed. At the junior level, we have a blanket policy that swimmers will focus only on the competition event and not train the same night or morning of a meet. At the senior level, your coach will advise if he or she wants you to train on the same day as a meet or not. Taking time off before meets when advised not to by your coach will have long term effects on your swimming and will not help your long term swimming in any way.