If you have additional questions please do send these in by email and where appropriate we will post the answers here for all.

Do I have to be a good swimmer to join the club?

This is very much dependent on age but in all cases you are needing to be able to swim. If you are aged 11 and under we ask that you complete 25 metres without stopping. 12 and over we ask that you have a good understanding of all four strokes and can swim at least 100 metres. In all cases joining the club is dependent on spaces that we have for an individuals ability. We try not to turn new swimmers away but you maybe asked to go on a waiting list should that squad be full.

When do swimmers move between squads?

There are two windows throughout the year where we make squad changes if needed. One is after Christmas and the other is the start of June. We may move a swimmer up to a new squad if there is space at any other time and we feel they can fit into that squads cycle.

Can I pay monthly?

All payments are taken automatically by Direct Debit at the 10th of each month using the Go Cardless system.

Any queries can be directed to the Club Treasurer.

What equipment will I need?

Hats and goggles are a must. We also ask that Performance and Competitive Squad also bring with them their own short fins (suggest black/red Speedo), small blue kick float, pull buoys and yellow Finis hand paddles to aid technique drills. Every swimmer MUST also bring a water bottle…filled with water. No Squash and certainly NO fizzy or energy drinks.

What swimming kit do you recommend for competition?

At a competition you must wear a Beccles Swimming Club hat and also a Club Top. But don’t forget to bring your goggles, plenty of non-fizzy drink, a small snack and a towel. We advise to make sure all kit is labeled with the swimmers names so lost items can be returned.

Can I buy equipment through the club?

We do have a Club Shop on poolside during sessions selling Club Hats, Goggles etc. You can by visit the Shop webpage on this website, and for all equipment we have a link through Pro Swimwer that enables all sales to benefit the Club click here to visit Pro Swimwear.

What are the club colours?

Our colours are Green and White

What does age on 31st December mean?

You will now find that most competitions including our own Club Championships are age on 31st December. This means that in that particular competition age groups are all done by swimmers age on that date. Other competitions also use the ages on the last day of the competition but most are now changing to end of the year.

What does U12, U14 U16, Open mean?

Open means any age group but is normally seen to be used for the senior swimmers. The other mean that the swimmers must be either that age or under. (U12 meaning they are aged 12 or under)

How are teams selected for galas?

Teams are selected on how individuals are performing in their training and what their current times are. Depending on the grade of competition we may select the fastest or use the ones that need more experience. All team selections are placed on the noticeboard with full information.

How do I find out what times I have achieved?

If you have entered/competed in a Licenced Meet, your times will be available online via the ASA Website, click here.

What is a PB?

PB meaning Personal Best, is their quickest time they have ever achieved.

What Competitions can I enter?

There are two types of competition, galas and open meets.

Galas are when teams are selected to race against other teams, be it in a league format or a trophy gala. Selection is done by the Head Coach and can be found on the noticeboard. Open Meets are individual competitions where you swim as a club member but more for yourself to see if you can win within your age group. Different open meets have different criteria but there is normally a handful throughout the year for everyone and the Head Coach will notify you of them when they come about.

What is the "Junior Summer League"?

This league is run by Suffolk ASA and for ages 14 and under (as of 2016). It is made up from teams from Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex through April, May and June. Its a chance for the Junior swimmers to compete in their own league and gain some first team experience.

What does 'Licensed meet' mean?

Most open meets are what is called Licensed. This means they meet an ASA specification for rules, times and officials. Being a licensed meet means the times used can be used for entry into the Regional and National competitions and all times are then recorded on the ASA database.

What Times can I use for entry into Open Meets?

This is dependant on the meet criteria. All meets will have a window of what times will be accepted dependant on what level of swimmer they are looking to attract. The higher end meets will have a time that swimmers must be faster than and others will have a window in which swimmers must be no slower and no fast than. They may also have window of when these times must be achieved in the year.

What does 'Short course' mean?

Short course swims in a 25 metre pool and Long Course a 50 metre pool.

What is a Squadron relay ?

Normally found in galas, this is a relay that uses a certain number of swimmers from each age group to make one big relay.

What does Heat Declared Winner (HDW) mean?

Found in Open Meets, this means that the winner of the age group we be from the heats in that event and not a case of going to a final swim off to find a winner.

What does DNS or DNF mean?

DNS – did not start.

DNF – did not finish.

Why does the official time on the results sheet differ from that recorded by the timekeeper?

With the technology now used in competitions there are many ways in which times are recorded. The time keepers are now there as a back up to any other system used. The published times will always be from the electronic system in place but where this fails the time keepers time will be used.

Why have qualified Officials?

These are key to all competitions, they make sure that the gala is run in accordance to ASA rules and that all teams are competing fairly.

What types of Officials are there?

Time Keepers, Stroke Judge, Turn and Finish Judge, Starter and Referee.

How do I go about becoming an Official?

Being an official is a great way of helping any club and also the swimmers. Without them competitions will not be able to happen, you also become part of a great team and get to see things from a ground level and be part of the action.

If you are interested in officiating please contact Lesley Beevor at lesleybeevor@hotmail.co.uk, many thanks to those who have already volunteered!

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