This page give you guidance on entering Swim England-registered competitions. 

There are four levels of competition: 

1. Amateur Swimming Association (Swim England) registered meets - which any of our swimmers in AGD1, AGD2, JP & SP can compete in
2. County competitions (Yorkshire Championships  and Yorkshire Winter Competition) - which the swimmer has to have a qualification time for (you can only get a qualification time from an Swim England meet)
3. Regional competition (Swim England North East Championships and North East Short Course championship) - qualification time needed (from an Swim England meet)
4. National competition - invitation only

This page tells you about how to enter the Swim England registered meets.   Our Meet Co-ordinator is Caroline Smith who can be contacted on  

How do I find out about forthcoming meets?
We will tell you - look out for details in the club newsletters or via emails.  

How do I find out my son's/daughter's times?

If they have taken part in an Swim England meet before (note, not NESC Club Champs or a Team Gala) then their personal best times are recorded on British Swimmings "Individual Best Times" database and can be found by clicking on this link and entering your swimmers surname (and then searching through the results): 

Alternatively, if they have never taken part in an Swim England meet then speak to your coach who will hold a record of your swimmers times.   If no time is held then your son/daughter can still enter a competition - they will  just be entered as "NPT" (No previous time). 

How do I enter my son/daughter into a meet?

Send an email to stating your son's/daughter's name, dob, Swim England number, meet that they wish to enter, events and swim times. 

How do I pay the entry fee?

You can pay by cheque (payable to NESC) or preferably by online bank transfer.  Contact Caroline for our bank details .  

(Note, for most competitions held at Beverley you also need to buy your spectator tickets in advance too so remember to state on the entry form how many adult/junior spectator tickets you need and include payment for these tickets) 

You will notice that all meets are advertised as “A Grade”, “B Grade” or sometimes “B/C Grade” or “A/B/C Grade”.
These grades were introduced in there present form in 1980 in order to give an incentive to ALL swimmers to take part in competitions.  

There are 5 Grades:
1.     AAA – National Championship times
2.     AA – Regional standard times
3.     A – County standard times
4.     B – good club swimmer standard
5.     C – all other swimmers

A series of tables of times has been developed which cater for both sexes, for all age groups and for all events. Each time corresponds to a Grade (with age and sex factored in). Sometimes a swimmer may be one grade for one stroke and a different grade for another stroke.

So, if you’re times are equivalent to a B Grade and you enter a B Grade competition you can be assured that the other swimmers are of a similar-ish standard to you. That’s because the Grades also act as cut-off times. For example, if a club was organising a meet for B grade swimmers, they would apply cut-off times so that A, AA or AAA swimmers didn’t enter.

“Licensed Meets”
Meets do not have to be licensed. For example, our Club Champs aren’t and neither are the Ridings, Border or Friendly galas.
When Meets are licenced then they have to follow specific Swim England rules.

Licensed Meets are graded Level 1-4.  Electronic timing must be used on level 1-3 meets.  Results from these are submitted to the Swim England for the National Rankings database.  
·         Level 1 Meets: are intended for qualifying for National Championships.  Minimum entry times apply and the Pools must be either 25m or 50m long.  
·         Level 2 Meets:  are intended for qualifying for Regional Championships.  Qualifying Times and Upper Limit times apply. Pool must be 25m or 50m long.  
·         Level Three Meets:  are intended for qualifying for County Qualifiers  Qualifying Times and Upper Limit times apply.  Pool must be 25m, 33m or 50m long. 
·         Level Four Meets:  Qualifying Times apply and Upper Limit times usually apply.  Pools must be at least 25m long. These galas are aimed at Club and B/C Grade swimmers.

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