Time Standards

Time standards

Time Standards are tools that are used to establish Regional, Provincial, and National level Championship Swim Meets.  These time standards are based on past results to set a number of athletes at each level which ensures a high quality Championship Meet for each level of swimmer.  Time Standards are also used as a method to help measure the level of progress of a swimmer.  This promotes fair competition by enabling swimmers with comparable abilities to race against each other.

The time standards referred in this website are established by different organizations and are designed for both 25 and 50 meter pools, the only exception being the Lower Mainland Regional (LMR) time standard which is set for both pool sizes.

PASS Meets & Development Meets do not require a qualifying time.  These meets occur on the North Shore and take place approximately once a month.  These meets allow young and new swimmers to learn about swim meets and competition in order to gain experience until they achieve their LMR time.

LMR Time Standard

The LMR (Lower Mainland Regional) time standard is the first goal for all Chena swimmers. It establishes that the swimmer can complete 200m IM (Individual Medley) within 4:00 minutes regardless of gender, age or size of the pool. Once a swimmer swims under 4:00 in the 200 IM they are eligible to compete at any Lower Mainland Region (LMR) swim meet.  These meets include monthly LMR meets as well as LMR Champs which occur twice per season in February & June.

BC Provincial Time Standards

BC Provincial time standards are established by Swim BC and are based on results and rankings of British Columbia swimmers.

There are three different provincial time standards: 

  • Tier I - (Females 10 & Under, 11, 12 - Males 11 & Under, 12, 13)
  • Tier II - ((Females 14 & Under and 15-18 - Males 15 & Under and 16-18)
  • Senior Open - (No Age Restrictions)

They gradually require the swimmer to cover the same event distance in a shorter time, Tier I being the youngest age group and SenIor Open being the oldest.

Each provincial time standard is established by gender, age, event and size of pool.  The swimmer’s age is calculated as of the first day of the competition and the size of the pool is defined as Short Course (25m) and Long Course (50m).

Swim BC Provincial Championship Meet Format

2017-2018 - Provincial Time Standards

National Time Standards

National time standards are established by Swimming Canada and are based on results and rankings of nationwide swimmers.

There are four sets of National time standards:

  • Western National time standards which are required to qualify for the Western Canadian Championships which will be held in April in a 50m pool.  These time standards are established by gender and category of the swimmer and event.  Five categories are set per gender, four are based on the swimmer’s age (depending on the gender) and region (West and East). Once at the competition swimmers will compete in the following age categories,  15 & Under Females, 16 & Over Females, 16 & Under Males, and 17 & Over Males.

  • National Junior time standards which are required to qualify for the Canadian National Junior Championship which is held every summer in a 50m pool.  Time standards are established by gender, age of the swimmer and event.

  • National Senior time standards that are established by gender and event.

  • Trials time standards that are established by gender, age of the swimmer and event.

For all four sets, the size of the pool is a 50m pool. Age waited standards for Canadian Senior Championships in April 2018 are based on the swimmer's age on December 31, 2018. Age waited standards for Eastern and Western are the age of the athlete as of the first day of the meet (April 12, 2018).  For Canadian Junior Championships, the standard is also based on the athlete's age on the first day of the meet (July 25, 2018).