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Types of Galas

There are different types of galas swimmers enter dependant on age and experience.

See our handy guide on entering a Gala here

  • Mini Meets – for younger less experienced children. Lots of fun swimming short distances of 25m and 50m.  Judges will offer support and guidance on technique and infringements rather than disqualifying
  • Graded Meets – for swimmers looking to progress to more competitive galas.  Only swimmers that are slower than the specified times can enter to encourage children to try events for the first time.  These do tend to be more strict as swimmers can be disqualified for incorrect turns and stroke errors.

  • Open meets – The most competitive. This type of meet is for the experienced and faster swimmers.  Correct stroke technique and turns are a must.

  • Sprint meets – Focus on 50m and 100m events

  • Distance meets – For swims of 200m and greater