Swim Meet Tips for New Families


If you've never been to a Tidalwaves swim meet, expect a lot of fun for everyone! Our meets offer a supportive environment, festive community atmosphere, warm to hot weather (most of the time), and lots of swimmers and spectators. It's kind of like a big summer picnic with tents, blankets, a snack bar with BBQ and plenty of other brunch/lunch options, and, of course, exciting swimming events! 

What to Bring

For some swimmers (and families) the meet can be quite long, especially those that swim in the first and last relays of the day.  Bring:

  • Chairs

  • Sun shade

  • Sunscreen

  • Money for the snack bar and gear table!!

  • Towels (one per event is a good rule of thumb)

  • Goggles

  • Caps (always good to have a back-up in case one tears)

  • Warm clothes or a parka for the cooler mornings/days

  • T-shirts to keep the sun off for the warmer days

  • Games or books for between event entertainment

Please remember that for our home meets at Redwood High School, no food, drink, or pets are allowed on the pool deck.

How to Mark Your Swimmer's Hand with Their Events

To help your swimmer get to their correct lane in time for their event and heat, it's highly recommended that you use a sharpie to write your swimmer's events, heats, and lanes on the back of their hand. This helps you and other parent volunteers get them where they need to go.

To do this:

  1. Use the Event, Heat, and Lane report on the Heat Sheets page to look up your child's races.
  2. Use a sharpie or other permanent marker to write your child's event information as shown below: