As a competitive swimming club, our focus is on preparing swimmers to compete and to fulfill their potential. It is therefore important that swimmers are both prepared for a competition and that they understand what to do when they get there.Make sure you know where the pool is and what time you need to be there – which sessions are you in, what time is warm up, do you need to sign in. This information will usually be on the entry paperwork, but may change.
Don’t leave it until the last minute to pack your bag or you may leave something important behind. Make sure you have a couple of towels and suitable clothing to keep you warm when you are not swimming, plus clean shoes to wear on poolside.
There will always be a coach or team manager with the swimmers, so if you are not sure about something, please ask them and listen to what they tell you.
Take enough food and drink for the whole competition
Have a spare hat and pair of goggles
Have at least two towels and costumes
Make sure that you know when your races are and go to the marshalling area in plenty of time
Talk to your coach before your race, and get feedback immediately after your race
Be polite to the officials and other helpers
Support your team mates once the race has started
Make noise when a race is about to start
Walk around the starting area after the referee has blown their whistle for the next race
Leave your lane at the end of a race until the referee asks you to, or the next race has started
Climb out over the timing pads
Leave the team area without letting a coach or team manager know where you are going
Take photographs on phones/iPads in the changing rooms or without signing the photography register
Leave rubbish around your seating area
A more comprehensive guide is available HERE