What is an Open Meet?
Open meets are competitions that are run by other swimming clubs across the country that swimmers enter as individuals.
The events (strokes & distances) included in the programme will depend on the meet.
There are different levels of open meets (see below) with regards to the time restrictions put in place.
Meets will charge per event entered.
Swimmers will need to be ASA Category 2 registered to enter most open meets.
Usually swimmers will need to be aged 9 years or above by the competition date. There are a small amount of competitions that will accept entries from swimmers aged under 9 years old.
Meets can last for one full day or can be spread out across a weekend.
Often meets will provide medals/trophies for age group standings and event winners etc.
Types of meets
Level 1 Meets: These are the highest standard of meets and are intended for swimmers to gain qualification times for national and regional championships. They are held at 50m swimming pools. There will be qualifying times for each event and they are usually the fastest of the 4 levels of meets.
Level 2 Meets: These meets are similar to Level 1 meets but are held in 25m pools.
Level 3 Meets: These meets use qualifying times and upper time limits; i.e. swimmers’ times need to be within a certain range for each event and no faster or slower. These are aimed at swimmers’ wanting to gain qualification times for district and county championships.
Level 4 Meets: These are low level meets with no entry time requirements.
The club will circulate all relevant information to any open meets that we feel it is appropriate to enter. Advice will be provided by the coaching team as to which swimmers are eligible for each meet.
We will be encouraging swimmers from Development 1 upwards to enter Open Meets throughout the year.