Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an Open Meet and a Team Gala?

A swimmer will enter an Open Meet as an individual, via the club. The swimmer chooses to enter this based on meeting the criteria set out in the Promoter’s Conditions. The Club will enter a Team Gala and swimmers will be selected by the Head Coach to form part of the team.

What is a licensed meet?

A licensed meet will have a licence granted by SwimEngland to keeps parity amongst all Open Meets of the same levels. More about this on our Open Meets Page

What SwimEngland Membership Category do I need to compete

To compete you have to be registered with SwimEngland. Refer to our Joining and Membership page for more details

Minimum Qualifying Time – Upper Limit

This is generally found at Level 3 open meets and is to ensure that there is parity amongst the entry times of swimmers. Depending on the Promoter’s Conditions, those who are faster than the Upper Limit may be accepted to swim on a Time Trial basis in order to gain a licensed time, however, they will not medal nor count for any points, should there be a ‘Best Club Trophy’ or suchlike.

Minimum Qualifying Time – Lower Limit

This is a table of times that swimmers, who wish to enter an event, must have swum faster than. If the open meet you are entering has Lower Limits and you have not swum this event previously you cannot enter with a ‘No Time’. In this instance, you must ask your Squad Coach for a time trial, prior to the entry closing date, otherwise the host club will refuse your entry. Occasionally the Promoter’s Conditions will state that the time must have been achieved within a specified time period.

Are Sussex League events licensed?

No. Times achieved in the Sussex League will be entered into our database and can be used to enter licensed Open Meets where Promoter’s Conditions allow.

Are National Arena League events licensed?

Some. Times achieved in the National Arena League will be entered into our database and can be used to enter licensed Open Meets where Promoter’s Conditions allow.

How do I qualify for the County Championships (Counties) and Winter County Competition?

A few months prior to the event a table of qualifying times will be published together with a date these times must have been achieved since. We will normally notify everyone, keep an eye open and stay informed. If your licensed times are faster than those published and have been swum within the dates specified then you have qualified for entry. Entry to these meets is then just the same process as a other External Open Meets.

Can I gain County qualifying times at our Internal Meets?

Yes, providing the date internal club galas like our Club Championships and STAG are licensed and fall within the specified qualifying period.

How do I qualify for the Regionals?

A few months prior to the event a table of qualifying times will be published together with date which these times must have been achieved since. If your licensed times are faster than those published and have been swum within the dates specified then you have qualified for entry. Entry to these meets is then just the same process as a normal Open Meet.

Please note that these times will be considerably faster than the County qualifying times (CQTs) and often have both an ‘Automatic Qualifying Time (AQT)’ and a ‘Base Consideration Time’. By achieving an AQT within the specified time period you are guaranteed entry to the Regionals in that event. Entry using a Base Consideration Time is not guaranteed.

Can I gain Regional qualifying times at our Internal Meets?

No, Regional qualifying times (RQTs), automatic or base, can only be achieved at Open Meets licensed at level 1, 2 or 3. Again these times must be achieved within a specified qualifying period.

How can I qualify for the British Summer Championships/SwimEngland Summer Meet?

Generally, from late March until the end of May there is a ‘Qualifying Window’. This takes into account all events swum at licensed Level 1 meets. At the end of ‘the window’ British Swimming and SwimEngland will look at the rankings for each event and invitations are issued.

The top 24 British swimmers in each event are invited to take part in the British Summer Champs. The next 20 English swimmers, per event, are then invited to the SwimEngland Summer Meet. Scotland and Wales also hold Summer Meets and they set their own limit to the number of swimmers invited, per event.

Can I qualify for the British Summer Championships/SwimEngland Summer Meet at our Club Championships?

No, qualification to these meets can only be achieved by swimming at Level 1 open meets held within the ‘Qualifying Window’ and being invited to participate depending on your ‘ranking’ in events.

Can I qualify for the British Summer Championships/SwimEngland Summer Meet at the Counties?

No, as the Counties are not held during the ‘Qualifying Window’.

Can I qualify for the British Summer Championships/SwimEngland Summer Meet at the Regionals?

As these are held during the ‘Qualifying Window’, times achieved will be included in the rankings. If, once ‘the window’ closes, your time ranks highly enough then you will be invited to either the British Summer Championships or the SwimEngland Summer Meet.