Attending Meets

What time should I get to the pool?

At least 10 minutes before the warm up time (not the start time) given on the meet flyer. When you get there find the Canberra team and secure seating together.

If your races are later in the schedule, be aware that it is not unheard of for events to be upto 45 minutes earlier or later than the published schedule. To avoid disappointment, please give yourself enough time to arrive for your first event.

What gear should I take with me to the meet?

  • Wear your club Uniform.
  • Swimmers - you should arrive at the pool in your swimmers ready to warm up.
  • Your racing swimmers if you have them - to get changed into after warm up.
  • Canberra ASC swim cap. These are compulsory at meets. You can purchase caps by contacting the Canberra ASC UniformManager. Caps may be available at meets but don’t rely on this.
  • Racing goggles
  • Towels — at least two
  • Spare swimmers and goggles, malfunctions do happen!


There will be at least one coach at each meet. This may not be your squad coach.

Report to the coach when you arrive so that they know that you are at the meet. Make sure you report to the coach before and after each race too!

Warm up

Always warm up with the Canberra coach other Canberra swimmers. A good warm-up is essential in preventing injury and preparing for racing. Don’t do your own thing! 


Timekeepers are needed at all meets. Clubs are allocated lanes to fill based on how many swimmers enter the meet. Usually Canberra ASC need to fill one lane (that's three timekeepers at any one time throughout the entire meet), sometimes two lanes.  Be prepared to do a shift even if your swimmer is only swimming one or two events.

Shifts range from 1-2 hours. Parents and carers must be prepared to do at least one shift of timekeeping each day. Repeated failure to do so may result in Canberra ASC refusing to submit entries for your swimmer in future.


The Canberra ASC Team Manager will organise the roster and it will be emailed out to you prior to the meet (sometimes as late as the night before if the timeline is not available earlier). 

You don’t need any experience and it is easy!! Check out out Timekeeping Tips and ask the Team Manager or one of the technical officials if you are unsure. You will be provided with refreshments during your shift and the chairs are better too!!

Timekeeper training is offered from time to time and it is recommended that all parents / carers complete this training. Details will be advertised on the Canberra ASC website.

Why should Canberra ASC swimmers sit together?


During the meet

Make sure you know which events you are in. Buy a program and check your events. Some swimmers find that it helps to write their event numbers, stoke and distance on the back of their hand.

Keep an eye on the claim board. At the AIS this is at the western end of the pool. Do not go too early as this congests the claims area and you are better off resting with your team.

When you event number comes up under ‘Claim’ report to the coach for pre-race instructions, with your cap and goggles in hand!

Always report to the coach before and after your race.

Then go straight to the marshalling area and follow the instructions of the marshals.

If you are nervous about going to the marshalling area tell the coach or the Team Manager and they will ask another swimmer to go with you.

If you are unsure what to do when you get to the marshalling area ask one of the marshals who will be happy to help you.

After a race

After your race exit the pool from nearest stairs, not over the touch pads. Wait for the referee to signal that it is okay to leave the pool.

Report back to the coach for a debriefing. The coach will let you know if a cool down is necessary.

On pool deck

Stay away from timing equipment at all times.

Keep away from the pool edge. This applies to parents and carers also. The pool deck area at the AIS is limited and you may obstruct the view of an official.

Always follow the instructions of officials.

Always be courteous to officials and thank them for any feedback, these people are volunteers and are there to help you.


If you wish to withdraw from an event speak to the coach first. If you decide to withdraw, go to the recording table (next the announcer’s stand), at least six races in advance. Please do not just fail to turn up, this is rude and slows down the meet.

If you are sick and can’t make it to the pool, send an email to the Team Manager at and try to get a message to someone at the pool (coach or other swimmer) and ask them to withdraw you from all your events. Pleae note however that clubs do not give refunds for meet entry fees in these circumstances.

What about food, drinks etc


Finally, some of the benefits of racing

Competing will encourage your child to continue swimming. It will provide them with incentive to keep training, as well the opportunity to make new friends.

Many of the skills a competitive swimmer needs to master are also of benefit at school or work. Swimming is a sport that can be enjoyed at any age.

There are different levels of competition available locally to suit all levels of swimmers, from the beginner up.

Swimming is a low impact sport that uses all our major muscle group. As well fitness, physical strength and endurance, competitive swimmers learn skills, which will last a lifetime, including:

And, most important of all - it is FUN. Enjoy your day at the pool!!

More information

Canberra ASC is proud to have strong community partnerships, including Icon Water as a major event sponsor.

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