Swim Meet 101

When are the meets?

  • please see the meet schedule posted online.

How do I pick events for my swimmer to swim at a swim meet?

  • parents do not select events for athletes at a meet. Coaches select events for all athletes at all levels for all meets.


How does my swimmer get to be on a relay?

  • relays are selected by the coaches and submitted to the meet staff at the start of each of the swim meet sessions. Coaches then inform the swimmers as to who is swimming which relay during that session.
  • relay selection at qualifier meets are based on speed and performance. The goal being to have the fastest team(s) we can create at that point in the meet. Some swimmers may swim multiple relays, some swimmers may not swim any depending on athlete performance on the day of the relay.


When do we have to be at the meet? Do we have to stay all day?

  • the meet warmup and session information will be distributed the week before the swim meet. Depending on the meet format timing and expectations vary from meet to meet. Swimmer expectations will be outlined in that information that will also be added to the meet page on our website. If you have questions about when and where to be, please contact your coach.


What to bring to swim meets??

Here is a run-down and feel free to add/delete items. 

  • tent or sun shelter for inside and outside meets  (No Tents indoors for Red Deer meet)
  • blankets or foamie mattresses
  • pillow
  • LOTS of towels
  • books, electrical devices, or similar things for parents for the day
  • stuff for the kids to do when they are not swimming
  • Sharpie felt, pens, highlighters all for marking heat sheets and swimmers with events
  • cooler or food bag with snacks, drinks, and whatever for the day for your family. Sometimes food is available but not always and we start early in the morning.
  • lots of drinks... these kids work hard and play hard all day long!
  • cash to purchase food or raffle items if you wish
  • lawn chairs or folding seat
  • extra goggles and swim caps are a good idea for when your swimmer looses or breaks their pair