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Swim Meet 101


Is this your first time to participate on a swim team? As always, if you still have questions, please ask a coach or email our team administrator @ [email protected]

Items to Bring:

Here is a list of things to bring to a swim meet.

Pirates Swim cap


Pirates Swim Suit



Shade for meets for your family. Some families bring canopies to set up for a group.

Highlighter and pen to find your swimmer's races on the heat sheets and write in their new times (if they ask for them after).

Heat sheet. These can be found on the website -- print them the day before.

Cooler with water and sports drinks

Healthy snacks, sandwiches, fruit for your swimmer

Chairs (for swimmer and adults)

Cell phone


Sharpie to mark swimmers arm

Other Tips:

Bring an old quilt or "blanket". The kids enjoy sitting together to play. (It can get dirty, so it should be washable).

Train your small child to wear their goggles around their neck like a necklace. Having an extra pair in the swim bag isn't a bad idea either.

Different faces need different goggles so it's a good idea to to let your child try them on for comfort before you buy them. 

Definitely bring your own chair; the chair your child uses will get wet.

For little girls with long hair, placing hair in a ponytail or braid will help with getting their cap on and off between races.

Print the heat sheet the night before and highlight events (some use different color highlighters per child).

How to Mark Your Swimmers Arm: 

E = Event H = Heat L = Lane S = Stroke 

The actual chart will then look like this: 

E   H   L   S 

2    2   5   200 Medley Relay 

18  2   4   50 free 

31  3   7   50 back 

58  1   2   100 Breast

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