Frequently Asked Questions


Read our New Member Guide where many FAQs are answered.


What club gear do I need to purchase?


NBSC club members are expected to compete in a Narrabeen Swimming Club swimming cap. Swimmers are also expected to wear the NBSC polo shirt and shorts at all swim meets, especially when receiving medals on the podium.


Club gear will be updated in 2020 – stay tuned!


How do I enter a meet?


The entry process for each meet may vary slightly between the different competitions but generally there may be a manual entry option and/or an online option or both. Generally most meets must be entered via Swim Central.


If you are a multi-class (MC) swimmer, you may not be able to enter online. Contact the relevant Meet Director listed on the Meet flyer.


What Carnivals should I enter?


NBSC Coaches plan a year in advance which carnivals are appropriate for all levels, from first time competitors to national athletes. These are the targeted Meets where Coaches will be in attendance. You will receive information by email of upcoming targeted Meets. Carnival notices are also placed on the noticeboard at SAS pool so please keep checking this board for updates. There are long course (50m pool) events in the Summer Season and short course (25m pool) events in the Winter Season. If you have any questions regarding whether you are eligible for a particular Meet of what events you should enter, please consult with your coach prior to entering.


Some carnivals are ideal for first time competitors and may or may not require a minimum qualifying time to be eligible to compete.


How do I pay for entry?


Manual Entries: Some entries must be submitted by the Club’s Race Secretary (e.g. some Open Water Series Meets or Club Championships). In these cases, Members will be notified by email and cash payment or EFT payments may be required.


Online Entries (if available): Credit card payments can be made at the time of your online entry process through Swim Central.


 What do I do when I get to a Meet?


 If available, check the program timeline (sometimes available a few days prior to the Meet) for your events and ensure you arrive at least 90 minutes prior to your first event in case the Meet is running early.


 There is always a warm up period of 30 to 60 minutes prior to all Meets.


 On arrival to the pool leave your dry gear with parents in the stands and report to the coach on pool deck wearing your blue Narrabeen Swimming cap for warm-up instructions. After warm-up, either sit where the other Narrabeen parents and swimmers are sitting in the stand (look for the Narrabeen banner) or report to marshalling if you are in an early event. If in doubt as to what you should be doing, always check with the coach, plus always check with your coach for pre and post race comments and advice.


 Marshalling is not always announced at every Meet. To ensure you don’t miss your race you should aim to present to the marshals 3 to 4 events prior to your race. Keep checking the results board so you know which heat and event is currently being run.


 At your first Meet, it is a good idea to let the marshals know that you are new so they can explain the ‘chairs, rows and numbering system’ used at marshalling for heats and events. It is also a good idea to try to buddy up with a more experienced member of your squad or club to make your first Meet as enjoyable as possible.


 Please be aware that parents are not permitted on pool deck unless they are volunteering as a technical official or timekeeper.


 Enjoy your competition!


 How do I check my results?


 Official times are recorded electronically for every registered swimmer and can be found here online within 7 days after the end of each Meet.


 What should I do as a parent?


 Volunteers are a vital part of our sport!


 As is the case in most community organisations, families are expected to participate in the running of carnivals in which their children are swimming and in club fundraising activities. This not only shares the club responsibilities amongst everyone involved, but also helps to create an atmosphere of social interaction, which has been a cornerstone of the club’s success over the years. Parental participation provides an excellent example of role modelling for children. Many people give up hours and hours of their time to help run swimming events so that swimmers can turn up and swim.


 Officiating and Timekeeping


 Timekeeping is one of the most common tasks you will be required to perform. Timekeeping time slots are determined by your swimmer’s entries and by what other volunteer duties you may have performed in the previous 12 months (as either timekeeper or technical official). We all dream about getting away early from a swim Meet, however when you are rostered as a Timekeeper or reserve for the final session, it is vitally important to complete your commitment until the Meet finishes. Please respect our requests in this matters.


 Swimmers’ Meet entries are only accepted on the understanding that a parent/guardian agrees to timekeep, officiate or assist as requested for a least one session per day of the Meet and that refusal to assist as requested will result in the swimmer’s withdrawal from that Meet. Our volunteering rosters are designed to share the workload amongst everyone on an annual basis.


 Further information can be found here Technical Officials Information.