Friday nights are Club Nights where swimmers take part in time trials over 25m, 50m or longer in all strokes with the aim of improving their own times.
Swimmers commence with 25m events. Upon achievement of the relevant qualification time over 25m for a particular stroke, swimmers are then eligible to swim in the 50m event for that stroke. Swimmers are seeded into time trials according to their personal best (PB) time rather than age, ensuring that children race against others of a similar standard.
Swimmers are awarded improvement points through the course of the season based on their participation and performance relative to their previous PB times. Awards are distributed at the end of the season for the swimmers who have accumulated the most improvement points in a particular stroke or age category.
The focus of club nights is on participation, personal achievement and improvement.
Two 25 metre assisted events are also offered for beginner swimmers (“Little-Uns”). Older more experienced swimmers are encouraged to assist the younger swimmers in these events. These events are untimed.
Club nights provide a great opportunity for kids to race and have fun with their friends while parents catch up.
The club season runs from October to March, coinciding with Term 4 and Term 1 for Queensland State Primary Schools. In any season there are typically 13 to 15 Club Nights, depending upon the school calendar. Club nights are not held during school holidays.
Canteen / BBQ / Bar
The Club operates a canteen on club nights that offers a range of food, including BBQ (chicken kebabs, sausages, steak burgers etc), pies and sushi. Please support the canteen on Club Nights.
The club also has a liquor licence and operates a bar for the benefit of members.
Club policy is that we swim “rain or shine”. The exception to this is where severe inclement weather (electrical storm) is imminent and might affect the safety of members. A decision to cancel Club Night will be made no earlier than 6pm. If cancelled, members will be advised via email and Facebook. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook so that Swim Club news shows up in your newsfeed.
Typical Club Night Program
- 5:45 – Gates Open *Note New Time
(Please do not arrive before this time)
- 5:45 – Warm up commences
- 6:00 – Canteen, BBQ and bar open
- 6:15 – Nominations close / Warm up finishes / Timekeepers called
- 6:20 – 1st “assisted swimmers” race (Little-Uns race)
- 6:25 – First timed events are called to marshalling
- 6:30 – First timed event
- 7:30 – Half time break (10) minutes – Timekeeper rotation
- 8:00 – Final event
- 8:00-8:15 – Tidy up & Pack Down