Open Meets

Open meets are registered swim meets following ASA governing rules. These are hosted by swim clubs across the country. Cheltenham Swim will choose specific target open meets for club swimmers in the south west region. This means that your child will have the club supporting them by poolside throughout the duration of the swim meet.

Clubs running open meets will issue an entry or meet pack which will have all the entry conditions and qualifying times included. Normally the club will inform you of the events that your swimmer can enter. The club will submit the entries for the events that you choose to swim, on your behalf.

Open meets are licensed with levels from 4 up to 1,  4 being entry level and 1 the top level. Qualifying times will get faster as the open meet level moves from 4 to 1. Your swimmer’s Personal Best (PB) times for ASA licensed events will be used as their entry time. These can be found listed on the site, individual rankings. Just enter your swimmer’s ASA number or surname to find their PB times. In order for times to be listed on the rankings database, swimmers need to enter licenced meets and get official times recorded.

Some of the lower level meets will accept times submitted by the club from galas or CSWPC Club Championships. If in doubt, check on Swim Club Manager for your swimmers latest PB times as recorded by the club.

There are a number of open meets in the South West region, both short and long course. Short course competitions are held in 25m pools and long course in 50m pools. When entering a long course meet, you can normally use converted short course times (and vice versa). Times can be converted using a conversion site such as Pullbuoy. The club will advise which are target meets suitable for your child. You can enter open meets individually if you like but please chat to the head coaches first to ensure it fits in with the training program. There is an event calendar on the Swim England South West website.

The club submits Open Meet entries several months in advance.

  • Entry is by individual race and it is triggered by an e mail from Richard Marsden from the CSWPC email address
  • Complete the link and choose your events
  • If your events are accepted then you will be informed and payment will be expected to CSWPC
  • Level 4 meets have no qualifying times and no official ASA times are needed but they have an upper cut off time where the race times will be added to the ASA but you will not qualify for any medals.
  • Level 3 meets have a minimum/maximum entry time and these get faster as you go to Level 2 and Level 1 meets

For example, in 2017, CSWPC targeted:
Cardiff Tiger Bay Level 3 Open Meet: 98 events, 22 swimmers entered
GCSC Level 2 Open Meet: 220 events, 41 swimmers entered
Wells Level 3 Open Meet: 124 events, 27 swimmers entered


CSWPC ‘SwimFest’ Level 3 Open Meet

This year we will host our own Level 3 Short Course Meet during Saturday and Sunday 26-27 October 2019.

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