FAQ

How do I join the club?

Two memberhship forms are required (please ask your coach if you have not recieved them) and an annual fee is payable. The membership year starts from July 1st, which marks the beginning of the swimming year. 

 

Pool Entry

All club members must pay pool entry at the front counter of the Aquatic Centre. Club members may purchase entry cards in bulk at a discounted rate. The Aquatic centre have a list of club members or if you want to know your club registration number please contact the club treasurer

 

Swim Rotorua Club Membership. There are two options available:

 

  • Non-competitive Member
  • Competitive Member

 

Why do we have to pay an annual club membership fee?

 

All swimming clubs have annual fees to pay. It is to cover admin, allows us to maintain and run the Clubroom, and assists with Race Nights, Club Champs, Junior Academy Passports, Speed and Style Awards etc.

 

What is the difference between being competitive and non-competitive?

 

If you are registered as a competitive swimmer you can race any events you qualify for at a swimming competition (some have qualifying times). If you are not competitive you can race 25 and 50 metre races only. However, ALL club members can race in our Race Nights.

 

 Why is the competitive Membership fee more expensive?

 

Part of the competitive fee goes to Swimming Bay of Plenty and Swimming New Zealand. Unfortunately this fee cannot be offered on a pro rata basis if you join as a competitive member later in the season.

 

When is the membership fee due?

 

The swimming season runs from 01 July to 30 June each year. So at the beginning of the new season. If you join as a competitive member now, you can attend competitions anytime through to the end of June next year.

 

Who should join as a competitive member?

 

All the Performance A and B athletes must be competitive members. Performance C is expected to be competitive too.

Athletes in every other squad can be competitive if they choose. If swimmers are enjoying race nights, and have tried one or two of the smaller competitions or think they would like a new challenge, then they should consider enrolling as a competitive member for the season.

  • If you have just joined the Junior Academy Silver You can make a start by having a go at the Club Race Nights. These are held every month.
  • Those who have been in Junior Silver for more than a term or are in Junior Gold might enjoy the extra challenges of attending some swimming competitions during the season, either as a competitive or non-competitive member. Again – give it a go! You will be amazed at how well you do!
  • Super Gold athletes should definitely consider enrolling as a competitive member. You have been invited to join these squads because you are showing lots of ability, and a commitment to your  swimming. However, there is no pressure to become competitive, but most people who have a go are really amazed at what they achieve.
  • We encourage the Development Squad and Fun and Fitness athletes to join as competitive members if this is compatible with your swimming goals. Traditionally swimmers in these squads have enjoyed competing. 

 

If we don't want to be competitive now does that mean we can't do any racing?

 

Not at all. We will continue to provide everyone in the club with opportunities to race. We have our monthly Race Nights, annual Club Champs (June) and our own swim meets (July and January) with some races designed specifically for those who are not competitive. In addition, we will be attending some small local competitions during the year with the junior athletes, but non-competitive members are restricted to racing 25 and 50m events only. However, there is a limit to the number you can attend doing the smaller distance’s.

 

So what is the advantage of being competitive?

 

You can race at a range of competitions and you can choose the events you like and which your coach thinks you will do well at. The Club publishes the Competitive Calendar (usually in July each year) which lists all the swim meets.

Swimming competitions encourage the athletes to challenge themselves, work towards beating their own personal best times (PBTs) and achieve goals that they or their coach set.

It is a great chance to make friends both in the club and from other clubs, and to work together as a team.

Most local club competitions do not have qualifying times and we attend a range of these during the year. Regional competitions do have qualifying times. Most athletes in Performance C should aim to qualify for this level of meet. We attend Bay of Plenty Champs, Taranaki Champs and Auckland Juniors every year. We take a bus of athletes to Taranaki Champs and stay together as a team. Parents are welcome to come if they wish.

 Some of our top swimmers qualify for National events. These are run by Swimming New Zealand. The National Junior Championships for athletes aged 12 years and under. Division 2 and National Age Group Champs (NAGS) are held in a 50m pool at the end of the season (March to May) for athletes 13 years and above. There is also the National Short Course (25m pool) Championships held in Wellington every September for athletes aged 13 years and older.

 

Is it true that once you become competitive you have to train far more?

 

No. Any swimmer in the club can enrol as a competitive member and continue training as many times a week as they currently do. All squads have minimum expectations for attendance, this is not based on whether or not you are competitive. Our top athletes do train 7 - 8 times a week. They are competing at a national level; making finals and winning medals.

 

Would we have to attend all the competitions the club goes to?

 

No, if you join competitively you do not need to attend every competition. Information is emailed to you for competitions coming up. You can look at the Swimming Bay of Plenty and Swimming New Zealand websites too. Talk to your coach whether they think this competition would be good for you. Some competitive members decide in advance they want to attend only a certain number of competitions in a year. We want to make swimming competitions accessible and fun - we understand that different families have different expectations and other commitments.

 

What other costs are involved in competing?

 

For each competition there are entry fees for each race - usually between $6 and $15. Some club competitions are in Taupo or Tauranga so there are some travel costs involved. We encourage car-pooling. The Regional competitions can involve overnight stays. We are very fortunate as many of the Bay of Plenty Championship swim meets are held in Rotorua which keeps our costs down. We would like you to purchase a club t-shirt so you feel part of the Team. There are also Club Hoodies and swim caps that you can buy.

 

Squad Fees

 

Fees are payable either monthly or by the term. The fee is dependent on the swim group you are in and the number of sessions you attend. Please contact the club treasurer for more information.

Accounts

Accounts are produced monthly by our club treasurer. If you do not receive one within 5 weeks of joining please contact swimrotoruaaccounts@gmail.com

Race Nights



These sessions are an excellent place to have a go at racing and are open to all club members interested in having a go. 

How do I enter a swim meet?

Discuss the meet with your coach and select the events you want to enter.Entries must be emailed to the club recorder swimrotoruarecorder@gmail.com and payment made to the Swim Rotorua bank account. If you have not raced an event before you must arrange for a time trial to be done.

To view the meet entry form Click Here


The closing date with our recorder will be one week prior to the date on the flyer (unless otherwise stated). The entries are processed by our recorder and forwarded to the organising club.


To view the guide to a competitors first meet Click Here

How Parents can help



The club is run by a commitee of volunteers, if you feel you have skills to offer in this area please contact the club administrator.

If your child is wanting to compete you are encouraged to train to become a Time keeper

Tutorials are held, followed by a brief theory and practical exam. You can start practicing with a stop watch at club nights.
The club is always looking for new coaches, if you are interested please talk to your childs coach.