Competitions explained

Cormorants takes part in various competitions. These provide the fun and reward for all the hard work in training sessions, and are an essential part of a competitive swimmer's development.

The competition calendar are on the club calendar – please make a note of any events you'd like to attend or which you are likely to be needed for and try to keep the dates free.



Each year the club supports several Level 3 open meets (Level 3 is suitable for all our swimmers), with a member of the coaching staff poolside to help young or inexperienced swimmers. The next one is the Littlehampton Swimming Club Easter Open on 15 April 2018. The coaches will be focusing training around preparing for this, so please keep the date free and enter when details are posted: we’d like a big presence poolside.

On 12 May Westgate is hosting the Lions Swimathon. Team Manager Phil has high hopes that we can smash both the junior and senior records. Make Phil happy, let him know if you’d like to swim. Details of the event here: Chi lion swimathon

Another one for your diary, especially for anyone who likes distance swimming, is the Swim Out of Your Skin meet at Waterlooville on 16 and 17 June, where there's a rare chance to swim 400 m (among other events). This meet isn’t fully supported so there won’t be a coach there the whole time, but either Darren or Paul will be at the sessions for 400 m. Waterlooville’s a fast pool, so this is great place to get a good time; their meets are always friendly and extremely well run.


Club competitions

These are friendly internal competitions, which give swimmers a chance to test their ability across the range of strokes in a pressure-free environment.

All swimmers are expected to enter every event. 

  • Summer sprint challenge- Saturday 19th May 2018
  • Winter club championships- 24-25 November 2018


Team galas

Galas are club v. club competitions, and swimmers have to be selected to take part.

Cormorants enters teams in three local swimming competitions:

We also take part in two one-off galas aimed at developing inexperienced swimmers:

  • Brighton Dolphins Gala
  • Stoodley Girls Gala: coming up on 28 April 2018, Godalming

Selection is a vote of confidence from the coaches and team managers – we do expect swimmers to make every effort to attend if selected, as this shows commitment to the club. It's also a chance to show what you've learned!


Open meets

These are swimming events held by individual clubs all over the country and licensed by the ASA. The page Open meets gives much more information. There are hundreds of open meets; each year we select two or three to support with a member of the coaching team poolside, then encourage swimmers to enter.

Coming up open meets suitable for all our swimmers over the age of 9

Open name (click for more information) Event date Entry Closing Date
LSC Easter Open Meet 15th April 2018 16/03/2018
BRSC Vanessa Knight 27th May 2018 TBC
Swim out of your skin open meet 16-17 June 2018 25/05/2018
LSC County Qualifier 23rd Sept 2018 07/09/2018


We ask swimmers in Development squad 2, Age Group squad 1 and Age Group squad 2 to enter open meets and gain official times in the stroke/distance of their choice as follows:

  • Dev 2: 2 meets
  • AG 1: 4 meets
  • AG 2: 6 meets


County/regional championships

Any swimmer who has achieved the minimum qualifying times in an open meet in the previous 6 or 12 months can enter these prestigious championships. Qualifying times vary each year, but the previous year's times 2018 county qualifying time will give a good indication.

  • Sussex ASA County Championships & Age Group Competition Long Course, held in February each year: 2018 info
  • Sussex ASA Winter County Competition Short Course- 20 & 21 October 2018 @ K2 Crawley (to be confirmed) more info here

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