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BSG 2023 Swimming


BSG Games Captain remarks

Paul Mak,  email


Condo Sports Captains

Condo 1  – Janet O’Connell, email

Condo 2  – Rob MacLean, email

Condo 3  –  …………..

Condo 4  – Vicki Gladwish, email

                     Peter Gladwish, email

Condo 5  – Carron Canning, email


Sport Rules

Timekeeper Training        Sunday Aug 20th                 12:30 – 1:00

Swimmers Check-in                                                       1:00 – 1:15

Individual Swims              Warm-up                              1:15 – 1:30

                                               Ladies                                   1:30 – 2:15  approx.

                                               Men                                      2:15 – 3:00  approx.

Relays                                 Warm-up                              3:00 – 3:15  approx.

                                              Swim relay                            3:15 – 4:00  approx.

Individuals will compete, by gender, in the following five-year age groups:  under 60, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74, 75 to 79 and over 80.

The first half for each sex will be for Front Crawl, followed by Breast Stroke.

The relays will be open to all ages.  The order for Swim Relay is Breast Stroke, Front Crawl, Front Crawl then Front Crawl. 


  1. A total of 6 volunteers will be needed to act as timekeepers. Three timekeepers are required for each of 2 lanes (#1 and #3).
  2. The timekeepers will also monitor relay transitions during relay races and advise of any infractions.
  3. During Check-in, 2 of the 6 volunteers will direct arriving swimmers while 4 will staff the Registration Desk (Ladies, Swim Relay, Men).
  4. A 7th volunteer will man the Registration Desk during races to record results.

The BSG Swim Captain will be the Marshall as well as any other roles as required; e.g., Starter.


6 stopwatches, whistle for Starter, bullhorn for Marshall, 2 tables for Registration Desk, 8 chairs for volunteers, chairs for swimmers / supporters.


  1. All swimmers must be changed and on the pool deck by 1:15pm.
  2. Upon arrival, swimmers must report to Registration Desk at the west end of the pool deck to confirm attendance and the events they will swim.  The Registration Desk will check-off  swimmer names on the preprinted race sheets accordingly.
  3. The preprinted race sheets will have been prepared by BSG Swim Captain as “BSG Swimming 2023” spreadsheet and heats pre-assigned based on Sex, Stroke, Age Group, with 2 swimmers per heat.
  4. Warm-up for 15 minutes is mandatory:
    1. Warm-up prepares the muscles, heart and lungs for exertion.
    2. Sudden exertion without warm-up increases the risk of heart attacks and/or strokes.
    3. Warm-up means swimming up and down the length of the pool at moderate exertion levels.
    4. It does not mean standing around in the pool chatting with your friends.
    5. Swimmers who do not participate in the warm-up as described here will not be allowed to compete.
  5. The Registration Desk will notify the Marshall the names of swimmers on the next heat.
  6. When the Marshall calls the swimmers’ names, they will be assigned Lane Numbers (either #1 or #3) based on heat setup on the preprinted race sheets (first name = left lane, second name = right lane).
    1. At the end of each race, the timekeepers will pass the time information to the Registration Desk.
    2. The Registration Desk will write down the times to complete the entries on the preprinted race sheets.
    3. At the end of the meet, the Registration Desk will pass all completed preprinted race sheets to the BSG Swim Captain for updating “BSG Swimming 2023” spreadsheet which will be summarized and forwarded to BSG Statistics and Medal Count coordinators.
  7. All races will start at the western (window) end of the pool.
  8. All races will start with the swimmer in the water with (at least) one hand on the edge of the pool. There will be no racing (diving) starts.
  9. The Starter will initiate each race with the command “Timers ready?” followed by a short pause.  If the timers are ready, then “Swimmers ready?” followed by another short pause, then the blowing of a whistle.
  10. Breast Stroke swimmers must touch the end of the pool with both hands when turning and when finishing. Front Crawl swimmers can use either 1 or both hands (or feet if doing flip turns).
  11. Timing of a swim will end when the swimmer touches the end of the pool.
  12. Awarding of Individual Swimming medals will be based on the three fastest times drawn across the appropriate gender/stroke/age grouping for individual swimming.  Awarding of Relay medals will be by the three fastest times.  There are no “swimming finals” per se.

Individual Swimming after 15 minute warm-up

  1. Individuals will swim in the following order:
    1. Ladies Front Crawl – by increasing age groups (59 or younger, 60 to 64, 65 to 69, 70 to 74, 75 to 79 and over 80).
    2. Ladies Breast Stroke – by increasing age groups as above.
    3. Men Front Crawl – by increasing age groups as above.
    4. Men Breast Stroke – by increasing age groups as above.
  2. Each swimmer will swim two lengths of the pool.
  3. Back Stroke is not allowed and any attempt will result in disqualification.

Swimming Relays after 15 minute warm-up

  1. Each relay team will consist of four (4) persons.
  2. Each Swim Relay team must have a minimum of one male and one female participant.
  3. Each Swim Relay team must have at least 1 Breast Stroke swimmer.
  4. Each Condo must set up at least 1 Swim Relay Team.
  5. All team members must be in the pool prior to the start of their heat.
  6. All swimmers must start with one hand in contact with the edge of the pool.
  7. Those swimming the 2nd, 3rd and 4th legs of a relay may not start until the incoming swimmer touches the end of the pool.  Any premature start will result in disqualification of the entire team.
  8. Should the “last” team formed have less than 4 swimmers, that team will swim in the last heat.  To make up a full team, swimmers who have already swum will be asked if they would like to swim again. 
  9. A maximum of two teams will race against each other at the same time – lanes 1 and 3 will be used.
  10. Each swimmer will swim two lengths of the pool.
  11. The stroke order will be Breast, Front Crawl (3 times).

Results and Medal Presentations

Results of the swimming, showing the individual times and placements, will be sent via email to all Condo Swim Captains on the day after swimming.  

Condo Swim Captains can then forward the results to their swimmers and notify those who have won medals.

Medal presentations will be at the Recreation Centre on the next day at 5:00 pm approx in the Rec Centre.



Safety is paramount.  Please don’t “run” at any time.  The Pool Surround will be crowded and slippery, please be careful when moving around.

Back Stroke is forbidden due to safety concerns because swimmers cannot see the end of the pool they are swimming towards.


Schedule = see BSG Calendar

Results = see below