Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the Club's qualifying times?
- What is a Seed Time?
- What's the difference in long and short course events?
- Does the Club have an eftpos facility to pay for membership fees, uniforms etc?
- Can a swimmer attend Club Nights or events without any supervision?
- What is the Club's uniform policy?
- Does the Club require help from members?
- Am I required to timekeep at Club events and meets?
- How do I find out about State Qualifying times?
- How often does the Club newsletter come out?
- When can a swimmer swim 50 metre events at Club Nights?
- How much are Club Night nominations?
- Can nominations be submitted via phone or email?
- When are Club Nights held?
- When do Club Night nominations need to be in by?
- Where do I find a Carnival Nomination Form?
Swimmers 10 years and over do not need to qualify to swim 50 metres, however, under this age swimmers must first achieve the following times for a 25 metre swim:
Freestyle 23 seconds
Breaststroke 29 seconds
Backstroke 27 seconds
Butterfly 27 seconds
The qualifying times for long distance swims are as follows:
100 metres Freestyle - 48 seconds/ 50 metres
100 metres Breaststroke - 60 seconds/ 50 metres
100 metres Backstroke - 56 seconds/ 50 metres
100 metres Butterfly - 54 seconds/ 50 metres
200 metres Freestyle - 48 seconds/ 50 metres
200 metres Medley - 1 minute 52 seconds / 100 metre medley
To swim the 100 metre Medley, a swimmer must swim all four strokes regularly and have achieved the qualifying times.
Swimmers’ seed times are their personal bests for each event they are entering. Swimmers are allocated lanes based on their seed times to try and provide them with a close competitor in the adjacent lane(s). For a popular event there may be two or more heats. The heats are run in order of slowest to fastest.
If an event has more than one heat all the results from each of the heats are combined to give overall placing. This means that it is usually better to get third or fourth in a fast heat than first in a slow heat. This underlines the importance of being in the right heat as swimmers record their fastest times when there is a swimmer in the next lane that is just a bit faster but within catching distance.
Long course events are held in a 50m pool whereas short course events are held in a 25m pool. Often long course events are run during the summer season and short course events often held in winter.
Please be aware that our Club does not have EFTPOS facilities. All payments in regard to Club Membership Fees, merchandise or carnival nominations must be either made by cash or cheque or by direct credit.
On Club Nights and other Club events, all children (under the age of 15) are to be accompanied by a parent, guardian or other nominated adult who remains responsible for their child's conduct and safety at all times.
Swimmers are required to wear club polo shirt and cap to all competitions. Purchase of full uniform is encouraged as it creates a lasting impression to swimmers not in our club. It shows a sign of togetherness and assists in creating a culture of “team importance”.
Assistance on club nights is always needed. You will find it is a lot of fun meeting new people. This is not just an experience for the children, please join in and have a good time while the swimmers compete.
Our members have a responsibility to participate in timekeeping.
Information on these and others can be readily accessed via the Swimming Qld website - http://www.qld.swimming.org.au/ - under the events tab.
Our Club newletter - Shark Attack - comes out weekly during the season (October to March with a break over Christmas) and monthly during the off season (June - after AGM to September). The Shark Attack is emailed out to members and other interested parties and is available on this website under Newsletter or at the counter of Goodna Aquatic Centre.
Children who are 10 years or over will be permitted to swim in 50 metre events without having swum the qualifying times. Children 9 and under must qualify at 25 metres for each stroke before swimming 50 metres in that stroke.
The qualifying time are as follows: -
25 metres Freestyle 23 seconds
25 metres Breaststroke 29 seconds
25 metres Backstroke 27 seconds
25 metres Butterfly 27 seconds
Each swimmer pays a nomination fee of $3.00 per club night. Club Night Nominations need to be paid for on submission to Nomination Box, snap lock bags are provided. Nominations need to be submitted on Tuesday evenings by 6.30pm.
Nominations will not be accepted via phone or email. Club Night nominations can be submitted into the nomination box a week in advance.
Club Nights are held on a Wednesday evening, racing commences at 6.30pm but commences 6.15pm on the evenings where a 400m swim is being swum (the 400m starting at 6.15pm). The season runs from October to March-April with a break over Christmas.
Club Night nominations close at 6.30pm on Tuesday evenings.
A Carnival Nomination Form can be found on this website, simply click onto the Calendar and click 'Download the Carnival Nomination Form'. Carnival Nomination Forms are also added to the email our Race Secretary sends to members with Carnival details.