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Learn to Swim Race Night ~ all you need to know

Race Night

What is Race Night?

Race Nights are organised so that swimmers can compete against each other in a competitive environment at club level with officials as directed by the ASA rules, including qualified judges, starters and timekeepers.

What is the aim?  

  • To encourage participation, which will help when being selected for other competitions, gain confidence in their own ability, make friends and have fun. 
  • To give children an opportunity to experience competing against the clock with achievable target times set within their capabilities. 
  • To give teachers an idea of each swimmers’ progress in terms of technique, skills and speed in a fun, yet competitive environment.

How often do they take place?     

They are organised to run on a Sunday or Friday night, four times a year.

What do I have to bring?    

Each swimmer will need a towel, t-shirt and a drinks bottle.

Does it matter that it is not my normal swimming night ?

No, any swimmer who participates in Learn to Swim may take part.

What do they have to do?

All swimmers will be required to race over one length of the small pool in the strokes that they should be proficient in for the stage they are at.  This means that swimmers working towards stage 5 will only be expected to swim freestyle (front crawl) and backstroke.  Depending on numbers, we also aim for swimmers working towards stages 7 and 8 to swim a 4 x 1 length individual medley and/or a longer freestyle distance.

  • Butterfly
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Freestyle
  • Individual Medley (IM) – one length of each stroke in the order listed above.

What will the swimmer achieve? 

Initially, a time for each stroke and then hopefully, an improved time in every swim thereafter.

Are there any rewards?                

When a swimmer is able to swim with correct technique judged on each individual stroke, there is a Stroke Award of a certificate and badge.  Once a swimmer achieves a time, as set down by the ASA, with Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for each stroke they will receive a letter of congratulations and details of how to obtain their respective certificates and badges.

Does it cost anything?                   

There is no charge for the Race Night but there is a charge for the Awards.

SPEED AWARD TIMES

Stroke Bronze20 Yard Bronze25 Metre Silver20 Yard Silver25 Metre Gold20 Yard Gold25 Metre
Backstroke
18.8
27.0
17.2
24.7
15.1
21.5
Breaststroke
20.7
29.4
19.1
27.2
16.7
23.8
Butterfly
17.9
25.6
16.2
23.2
14.1
20.3
Freestyle
16.3
23.5
14.6
21.0
12.8
18.3

The speed awards cover all four strokes with Bronze, Silver and Gold categories and give swimmers an opportunity to experience competing against the clock with achievable target times set within their capabilities.

The qualification table allows for different length pools. Strokes, starts, turns and finishes are in accordance with ASA Laws.

Any other questions ?

Please contact the Small Pool Liason Officer or your childs teacher.