Swimming

Last Updated: Tue 22-Aug-2017



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SWIMMING REGULATIONS – NORTHERN SATIS
SATIS/NSATIS/SSATIS Swimming Rules and Regulations
 
1. The meeting shall be conducted under the rules of FINA in conjunction with Swimming Australia Ltd (SAL) and Swimming Tasmania, except as hereinafter stated.
 
2.  The State Swimming Carnival wil be held in an agreed venue in the North or the South and where possible is to be held on an alternativie day to the Northern and Southern Carnivals.
 
3.  There should be adequate lane ropes, blocks, flags, handholds for backstroke starts and a false start rope.
 
4.  Referes and officials are to be appointed by Swimming Tasmania.
 
5. SSATIS/NSATIS Administrative Officers and Swimming Sub Committee must check:
      a.  Access to exits
      b.  Evacuation procedures
      c.  Provision and coonfirmation of lifeguards and their responsibilities
 
6. The Meet Manager computer program is to be used.
     a.  In the instance where there are 2 or more heats, times from all heats will be combined and re-ranked to determine final placing.
     b.  The principle regarding holding race 1 and race 2 in each age group rather than combining age groups shall be as follows :
 
          i.  Where there are 14 competitors two races of 7 shall be swum.
          ii. Where there are 13 competitors there shall be a race of 7 and a race of 6.
         iii. Where there are 12 competitors two races of 6 shall be swum.etc.
 
     C.  For the NSATIS carnival each individual event will have 2 heats, with one competitor from each school entered in each.  Heat 1 will have the fastest swimmer from each school and Heat 2 will have the second fastest swimmer from each school.
 
7.  Lane Allocation
     a.  SSATIS/NSATIS –
          A random draw will be conducted to determie lane allocation with separate draws for boys and girls events.  A rotation will then occur.  Where, by        necessity, an event is run in two races, race 1 and race 2 will run with the same lane rotation.
     b.  SATIS (Statewide)
          Lane positioning shall be allocated by seeding competitors on the times achieved in the respective Northern and Southern Carnivals.  The two fastest competitors from North and South will be placed in Division One.  The remianing competitors will be seeded by times.  The two fastest swimmers of the four will be placed in lanes 4 and 5 respectiviely, then the next two in lanes 3 and 6.  The next four swimmers whether from the North or South will be placed  according to times in this order:  Lane 2, 7, 1, 8.  This will depend on th number of entries in each race.  Where seeding of swimmers occurs, the swimmers recording the fastest times will be placed in the second race, or third where there are three races.
 
8. PROGRAMME AND EVENTS
     a.  Schools may have two entries per individual event and one entry per relay event at the respective Southern and Northern Carnivals.
     b.  Schools may have one entry per event at the State wide carnival.
     c.  The SSATIS or NATIS Administrative Officers are to distrubute the programme to each of the competing schools 1 week prior to the carival.
     d.  The order of events shall be, from youngest to oldest, alternating male/female:
             i.      4 x 50m medley relay (u14, u16, open)
          ii.    50m freestyle (U/13 to Open)
          iii.   50m breaststroke (U/13 to Open)
          iv.   100m freestyle ( u15, u16, open)
          v.    50m butterfly (u14, u16, open)
          vi.   50m backstroke (U/13 to Open)
          vii.  4 x 50m freestyle relay (U/13 to Open)
 
     e.  For all age group events, competitors must be under the stipulated age of January 1st of that year.
     f.  Where possible there will be a lunch break of 30 minutes during the programme.
     g.  Where a school does not enter a competitor on the entry form, the school will not compete in that event.  Changes to competitors entered can be made on the day.
     h.  Competitors may only compete in one age group with the following exceptions:
          i.  Where necessity age groups are combined (e.g butterfly)
         ii.  Where a particular event is not available in any age group a competitor may compete in the next higher age group where the event occurs (e.g. butterfly, 100, Freestyle)
 
9.  The carnival will be a 2 start carnival and procedure is as follows:  False Start – Restart.  Second Start, anyone false starting is to be disqualified.
 
10.  A separate lane is to be provided for each competitor.  They must swim in the lane allocated to them in the programme.
 
11.  UNIFORM
     School coloured bathers and caps must be worn by all competitors.  Two pairs of bathers may be worn but the second pair must be in school colours.  Breaching this regulation will result in disqualification.
 
12.  DISQUALIFICATIONS
     a.  When a competitor or school is disqualified, it will not be announced.  The school is to be notified of the reason through the delegate or teacher in charge, by an official as soon as possible.
     b.  Protests or disputes must be lodged with the organising administrative officer, in writing, by the person in charge of a team, within 15 minutes of receiving the disqualification notice.  The organising administrative officer shall then refer the protest to the referee.
     c.  The resolution arising from any event shall be in the hands of the referee of the day as appointed by the organiser.
 
13.  TROPHIES AND RESULTS
     a.   Points be allocated according to the principle where if 14 schools are eligible then first place is allocated 14 points; second 13 points etc.
       b.   Relays will be awarded double points
     c.  The order of trophy presentation shall be rotated yearly to avoid one trophy gaining pre-eminence.  The nine SATIS trophies being  competed for are
 
              i.  Aggregate Boys, Girls and Co-educational (All age groups).
 
          ii.  College Boys, Girls and Co-educational (Open).
 
          iii.  Junior Boys, Girls and Co-educational (u/13 to U/16 age groups)
 
     d.  The NSATIS trophies (7 trophies) are awarded as follows:
             i.  Aggregate (Boys, Girls, Combined) – Age Groups U/13 to Open
            ii.  Senior (Boys, Girls) – Age Groups U/15, U/16, Open
           iii.  Junior (Boys, Girls) – Age Groups U/13, U/14
 
          iv. NSATIS Points System
(a)   Individual Events:  12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
            (b)   Relays:    12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
 
    e.  Results are not to be read in full at the final presentation. Schools placed fourth and below will have their place only announced. Schools placed 3rd, 2nd and 1st will be announced in that order along with their points. Schools shall only be announced in divisions in which they compete.
 
     f.  The Administrtive Officers will send detailed results to School delegates as soon as possible after the carnivals.
 
 
14.  COSTS   
The costs incurred by a school in organising the carnival will be met by SATIS. Programme production costs are for paper and "in-house" photocopying. Neither the organising school nor the Administrative Officer may use an "outside" printer to produce a programme without the permission of the Chair of SATIS.
 
 
Below is an outline of Pool Protocols – a document to be used to help swimmers understand the Rules of Competing in Swimming Events with specific stroke information provided.
 
POOL PROTOCOLS
Prior to your race :
You will be directed to assemble in the marshalling area a few events before the event you are swimming in. The Marshall will mark you off as present for your event, and just before your event is to start will walk you to the starting blocks and ensure you are standing in front of the lane you are to swim in.
The Start :
The Referee will blow one long whistle. This is the signal for you to step up onto the starting block.  If you do not wish to start on the starting block, then you can stand next to it or get into the water and hold onto the edge of the pool. It is important that you do this quickly, ready yourself for the starting signal and remain still.
For the start of a backstroke race the referee will blow one long whistle which is the signal for you to get into the water, and then will blow a second long whistle when all swimmers’ heads have surfaced. This second whistle is the signal to get yourself ready for the starting signal.
When all swimmers are steady the starter will announce  take your marks.  This is the signal for you to be ready to dive into the water, or to start swimming. You will then hear a long buzzer sound which is the signal to start swimming.  Do not start until you hear this buzzer
 
The End of the Race :
Once all swimmers have finished the race, the referee will blow two short whistles. This is the signal for you to leave the pool. You do not leave the water until this signal. It is important that you exit the water from the sides of the pool and not climb up over the end. It is also important that you leave the water quickly so that the next race can be started.
 
Some tips concerning some of the strokes :
Backstroke –
        

    1. Backstroke is started in the water
    2.   

    3. You must remain on your back throughout the race, with the exception when you are executing a turn
    4.   

    5. At the finish you must be on your back, and you must have a part of your body above the water
 
Butterfly –
        

    1. Your arms must be brought up over the surface of the water when doing your arm strokes; and they must be brought up over the water at the same time
    2.   

    3. Your legs must be kept together throughout the race (butterfly kick); and your kicking action must be a dolphin type kickyou are not allowed to kick in the same way that you would kick in a Freestyle or Backstroke race
    4.   

    5. When finishing the race you must finish with both hands touching the end, and they must touch at the same time
 
Breaststroke –
You are allowed only one butterfly kick at the start of the race, and when making a turn (if applicable)
Your arms must move at the same time and in the breaststroke action
Your legs must move at the same time and in the breaststroke action
No butterfly kicking except for the one at the beginning and at each turn (if applicable) is allowed
No freestyle kicking is allowed
When finishing the race both hands must touch the end at the same time and they must touch the end apart
 
 
Relays –
It is important swimmer two does not start before swimmer one has touched the end;  swimmer three does not start their turn until swimmer two has touched the end; and swimmer four does not start before swimmer three has touched the end.
If doing a Medley Relay (that involves the four different stroke) you must finish each stroke as you would in a normal race of each stroke
 
Lee Cowen
(on behalf Swimming Tasmania officials)
SWIMMING REGULATIONS – SOUTHERN SATIS
SATIS/NSATIS/SSATIS Swimming Rules and Regulations
 
1. The meeting shall be conducted under the rules of FINA in conjunction with Swimming Australia Ltd (SAL) and Swimming Tasmania, except as hereinafter stated.
 
2.  The State Swimming Carnival wil be held in an agreed venue in the North or the South and where possible is to be held on an alternativie day to the Northern and Southern Carnivals.
 
3.  There should be adequate lane ropes, blocks, flags, handholds for backstroke starts and a false start rope.
 
4.  Referes and officials are to be appointed by Swimming Tasmania.
 
5. SSATIS/NSATIS Administrative Officers and Swimming Sub Committee must check:
      a.  Access to exits
      b.  Evacuation procedures
      c.  Provision and coonfirmation of lifeguards and their responsibilities
 
6. The Meet Manager computer program is to be used.
     a.  In the instance where there are 2 or more heats, times from all heats will be combined and re-ranked to determine final placing.
     b.  The principle regarding holding race 1 and race 2 in each age group rather than combining age groups shall be as follows :
 
          i.  Where there are 14 competitors two races of 7 shall be swum.
          ii. Where there are 13 competitors there shall be a race of 7 and a race of 6.
         iii. Where there are 12 competitors two races of 6 shall be swum.etc.
 
7.  Lane Allocation
     a.  SSATIS/NSATIS –
          A random draw will be conducted to determie lane allocation with separate draws for boys and girls events.  A rotation will then occur.  Where, by        necessity, an event is run in two races, race 1 and race 2 will run with the same lane rotation.
     b.  SATIS (Statewide)
          Lane positioning shall be allocated by seeding competitors on the times achieved in the respective Northern and Southern Carnivals.  The two fastest competitors from North and South will be placed in Division One.  The remaining competitors will be seeded by times.  The two fastest swimmers of the four will be placed in lanes 4 and 5 respectiviely, then the next two in lanes 3 and 6.  The next four swimmers whether from the North or South will be placed  according to times in this order:  Lane 2, 7, 1, 8.  This will depend on th number of entries in each race.  Where seeding of swimmers occurs, the swimmers recording the fastest times will be placed in the second race, or third where there are three races.
 
8. PROGRAMME AND EVENTS
     a.  Schools may have two entries per individual event and one entry per relay event at the respective Southern and Northern Carnivals.
     b.  Schools may have one entry per event at the State wide carnival.
     c.  The SSATIS or NATIS Administrative Officers are to distrubute the programme to each of the competing schools 1 week prior to the carival.
     d.  The order of events shall be, from youngest to oldest, alternating male/female:
             i.      4 x 50m medley relay (u14, u16, open)
          ii.    50m freestyle (U/13 to Open)
          iii.   50m breaststroke (U/13 to Open)
          iv.   100m freestyle ( u15, u16, open)
          v.    50m butterfly (u14, u16, open)
          vi.   50m backstroke (U/13 to Open)
          vii.  4 x 50m freestyle relay (U/13 to Open)
 
     e.  For all age group events, competitors must be under the stipulated age of Jnuary 1st of that year.
     f.  Where possible there will be a lunch break of 30 minutes during the programme.
     g.  Where a school does not enter a competitor on the entry form, the school will not compete in that event.  Changes to competitors entered can be made on the day.
     h.  Competitors may only compete in one age group with the following exceptions:
          i.  Where necessity age groups are combined (e.g butterfly)
         ii.  Where a particular event is not available in any age group a competitor may compete in the next higher age group where the event occurs (e.g. butterfly, 100, Freestyle)
 
9.  The carnival will be a 2 start carnival and procedure is as follows:  False Start – Restart.  Second Start, anyone false starting is to be disqualified.
 
10.  A separate lane is to be provided for each competitor.  They must swim in the lane allocated to them in the programme.
 
11.  UNIFORM
     School coloured bathers and caps must be worn by all competitors.  Two pairs of bathers may be worn but the second pair must be in school colours.  Breaching this regulation will result in disqualification.
 
12.  DISQUALIFICATIONS
     a.  When a competitor or school is disqualified, it will not be announced.  The school is to be notified of the reason through the delegate or teacher in charge, by an official as soon as possible.
     b.  Protests or disputes must be lodged with the organising administrative officer, in writing, by the person in charge of a team, within 15 minutes of receiving the disqualification notice.  The organising administrative officer shall then refer the protest to the referee.
     c.  The resolution arising from any event shall be in the hands of the referee of the day as appointed by the organiser.
 
13.  TROPHIES AND RESULTS
     a.   Points be allocated according to the principle where if 14 schools are eligible then first place is allocated 14 points; second 13 points etc.
       b.   Relays will be awarded double points
     c.  The order of trophy presentation shall be rotated yearly to avoid one trophy gaining pre-eminence.  The nine SATIS trophies being  competed for are
 
              i.  Aggregate Boys, Girls and Co-educational (All age groups).
 
          ii.  College Boys, Girls and Co-educational (Open).
 
          iii.  Junior Boys, Girls and Co-educational (u/13 to U/16 age groups)
 
     d.  The NSATIS trophies (7 trophies) are awarded as follows:
             i.  Aggregate (Boys, Girls, Combined) – Age Groups U/13 to Open
            ii.  Senior (Boys, Girls) – Age Groups U/15, U/16, Open
           iii.  Junior (Boys, Girls) – Age Groups U/13, U/14
 
          iv. NSATIS Points System
(a)   Individual Events:  12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
            (b)   Relays:    12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
 
    e.  Results are not to be read in full at the final presentation. Schools placed fourth and below will have their place only announced. Schools placed 3rd, 2nd and 1st will be announced in that order along with their points. Schools shall only be announced in divisions in which they compete.
 
     f.  The Administrtive Officers will send detailed results to School delegates as soon as possible after the carnivals.
 
 
14.  COSTS   
The costs incurred by a school in organising the carnival will be met by SATIS. Programme production costs are for paper and "in-house" photocopying. Neither the organising school nor the Administrative Officer may use an "outside" printer to produce a programme without the permission of the Chair of SATIS.
 
Below is an outline of Pool Protocols – a document to be used to help swimmers understand the Rules of Competing in Swimming Events with specific stroke information provided.
 
POOL PROTOCOLS
Prior to your race :
You will be directed to assemble in the marshalling area a few events before the event you are swimming in. The Marshall will mark you off as present for your event, and just before your event is to start will walk you to the starting blocks and ensure you are standing in front of the lane you are to swim in.
The Start :
The Referee will blow one long whistle. This is the signal for you to step up onto the starting block.  If you do not wish to start on the starting block, then you can stand next to it or get into the water and hold onto the edge of the pool. It is important that you do this quickly, ready yourself for the starting signal and remain still.
For the start of a backstroke race the referee will blow one long whistle which is the signal for you to get into the water, and then will blow a second long whistle when all swimmers’ heads have surfaced. This second whistle is the signal to get yourself ready for the starting signal.
When all swimmers are steady the starter will announce  take your marks.  This is the signal for you to be ready to dive into the water, or to start swimming. You will then hear a long buzzer sound which is the signal to start swimming.  Do not start until you hear this buzzer
 
The End of the Race :
Once all swimmers have finished the race, the referee will blow two short whistles. This is the signal for you to leave the pool. You do not leave the water until this signal. It is important that you exit the water from the sides of the pool and not climb up over the end. It is also important that you leave the water quickly so that the next race can be started.
 
Some tips concerning some of the strokes :
Backstroke –
        

    1. Backstroke is started in the water
    2.   

    3. You must remain on your back throughout the race, with the exception when you are executing a turn
    4.   

    5. At the finish you must be on your back, and you must have a part of your body above the water
 
Butterfly –
        

    1. Your arms must be brought up over the surface of the water when doing your arm strokes; and they must be brought up over the water at the same time
    2.   

    3. Your legs must be kept together throughout the race (butterfly kick); and your kicking action must be a dolphin type kickyou are not allowed to kick in the same way that you would kick in a Freestyle or Backstroke race
    4.   

    5. When finishing the race you must finish with both hands touching the end, and they must touch at the same time
 
Breaststroke –
You are allowed only one butterfly kick at the start of the race, and when making a turn (if applicable)
Your arms must move at the same time and in the breaststroke action
Your legs must move at the same time and in the breaststroke action
No butterfly kicking except for the one at the beginning and at each turn (if applicable) is allowed
No freestyle kicking is allowed
When finishing the race both hands must touch the end at the same time and they must touch the end apart
 
 
Relays –
It is important swimmer two does not start before swimmer one has touched the end;  swimmer three does not start their turn until swimmer two has touched the end; and swimmer four does not start before swimmer three has touched the end.
If doing a Medley Relay (that involves the four different stroke) you must finish each stroke as you would in a normal race of each stroke
 
Lee Cowen
(on behalf Swimming Tasmania officials)
SWIMMING REGULATIONS – STATEWIDE
SATIS/NSATIS/SSATIS Swimming Rules and Regulations             Last updated on 21/06/2016
 
1. The meeting shall be conducted under the rules of FINA in conjunction with Swimming Australia Ltd (SAL) and Swimming Tasmania, except as hereinafter stated.
 
2.  The State Swimming Carnival wil be held in an agreed venue in the North or the South and where possible is to be held on an alternativie day to the Northern and Southern Carnivals.
 
3.  The first event will begin at 10.30 a.m.  Warm-up times:  Travelling schools 10.00 a.m., home schools 9.30 a.m.
 
4.  There should be adequate lane ropes, blocks, flags, handholds for backstroke starts and a false start rope.
 
5.  Referes and officials are to be appointed by Swimming Tasmania.
 
6. SSATIS/NSATIS Administrative Officers and Swimming Sub Committee must check:
      a.  Access to exits
      b.  Evacuation procedures
      c.  Provision and coonfirmation of lifeguards and their responsibilities
 
7. The Meet Manager computer program is to be used.
     a.  In the instance where there are 2 or more heats, times from all heats will be combined and re-ranked to determine final placing.
     b.  The principle regarding holding race 1 and race 2 in each age group rather than combining age groups shall be as follows :
 
          i.  Where there are 14 competitors two races of 7 shall be swum.
          ii. Where there are 13 competitors there shall be a race of 7 and a race of 6.
         iii. Where there are 12 competitors two races of 6 shall be swum.etc.
 
8.  Lane Allocation
     a.  SSATIS/NSATIS –
          A random draw will be conducted to determie lane allocation with separate draws for boys and girls events.  A rotation will then occur.  Where, by        necessity, an event is run in two races, race 1 and race 2 will run with the same lane rotation.
     b.  SATIS (Statewide)
          Lane positioning shall be allocated by seeding competitiors on the times achieved in the respective Northern and Southern Carnivals.  The two fastest competitors from North and South will be placed in Division One.  The remaining competitors will be seeded by times.  The two fastest swimmers of the four will be placed in lanes 4 and 5 respectiviely, then the next two in lanes 3 and 6.  The next four swimmers whether from the North or South will be placed  according to times in this order:  Lane 2, 7, 1, 8.  This will depend on th number of entries in each race.  Where seeding of swimmers occurs, the swimmers recording the fastest times will be placed in the second race, or third where there are three races.
 
9. PROGRAMME AND EVENTS
     a.  Schools may have two entries per individual event and one entry per relay event at the respective Southern and Northern Carnivals.
     b.  Schools may have one entry per event at the State wide carnival.
     c.  The SSATIS or NATIS Administrative Officers are to distrubute the programme to each of the competing schools 1 week prior to the carival.
     d.  The order of events shall be, from youngest to oldest, alternating male/female:
             i.      4 x 50m medley relay (u14, u16, open)
          ii.    50m freestyle (U/13 to Open)
          iii.   50m breaststroke (U/13 to Open)
          iv.   100m freestyle ( u15, u16, open)
          v.    50m butterfly (u14, u16, open)
          vi.   50m backstroke (U/13 to Open)
          vii.  4 x 50m freestyle relay (U/13 to Open)
 
     e.  For all age group events, competitors must be under the stipulated age of January 1st of that year.
     f.  Where possible there will be a lunch break of 30 minutes during the programme.
     g.  Where a school does not enter a competitor on the entry form, the school will not compete in that event.  Changes to competitors entered can be made on the day.
     h.  Competitors may only compete in one age group with the following exceptions:
          i.  Where necessity age groups are combined (e.g butterfly)
         ii.  Where a particular event is not available in any age group a competitor may compete in the next higher age group where the event occurs (e.g. butterfly, 100, Freestyle)
 
10.  The carnival will be a 2 start carnival and procedure is as follows:  False Start – Restart.  Second Start, anyone false starting is to be disqualified.
 
11.  A separate lane is to be provided for each competitor.  They must swim in the lane allocated to them in the programme.
 
12.  UNIFORM
     School coloured bathers and caps must be worn by all competitors.  Two pairs of bathers may be worn but the second pair must be in school colours.  Breaching this regulation will result in disqualification.
 
13.  DISQUALIFICATIONS
     a.  When a competitor or school is disqualified, it will not be announced.  The school is to be notified of the reason through the delegate or teacher in charge, by an official as soon as possible.
     b.  Protests or disputes must be lodged with the organising administrative officer, in writing, by the person in charge of a team, within 15 minutes of receiving the disqualification notice.  The organising administrative officer shall then refer the protest to the referee.
     c.  The resolution arising from any event shall be in the hands of the referee of the day as appointed by the organiser.
 
14.  TROPHIES AND RESULTS
     a.   Points be allocated according to the principle where if 14 schools are eligible then first place is allocated 14 points; second 13 points etc.
       b.   Relays will be awarded double points
     c.  The order of trophy presentation shall be rotated yearly to avoid one trophy gaining pre-eminence.  The nine SATIS trophies being  competed for are
 
              i.  Aggregate Boys, Girls and Co-educational (All age groups).
 
          ii.  College Boys, Girls and Co-educational (Open).
 
          iii.  Junior Boys, Girls and Co-educational (u/13 to U/16 age groups)
 
     d.  The NSATIS trophies (7 trophies) are awarded as follows:
             i.  Aggregate (Boys, Girls, Combined) – Age Groups U/13 to Open
            ii.  Senior (Boys, Girls) – Age Groups U/15, U/16, Open
           iii.  Junior (Boys, Girls) – Age Groups U/13, U/14
 
          iv. NSATIS Points System
(a)   Individual Events:  12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
            (b)   Relays:    12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
 
    e.  Results are not to be read in full at the final presentation. Schools placed fourth and below will have their place only announced. Schools placed 3rd, 2nd and 1st will be announced in that order along with their points. Schools shall only be announced in divisions in which they compete.
 
     f.  The Administrtive Officers will send detailed results to School delegates as soon as possible after the carnivals.
 
 
15.  COSTS   
The costs incurred by a school in organising the carnival will be met by SATIS. Programme production costs are for paper and "in-house" photocopying. Neither the organising school nor the Administrative Officer may use an "outside" printer to produce a programme without the permission of the Chair of SATIS.
 
 
Below is an outline of Pool Protocols – a document to be used to help swimmers understand the Rules of Competing in Swimming Events with specific stroke information provided.
 
POOL PROTOCOLS
Prior to your race :
You will be directed to assemble in the marshalling area a few events before the event you are swimming in. The Marshall will mark you off as present for your event, and just before your event is to start will walk you to the starting blocks and ensure you are standing in front of the lane you are to swim in.
The Start :
The Referee will blow one long whistle. This is the signal for you to step up onto the starting block.  If you do not wish to start on the starting block, then you can stand next to it or get into the water and hold onto the edge of the pool. It is important that you do this quickly, ready yourself for the starting signal and remain still.
For the start of a backstroke race the referee will blow one long whistle which is the signal for you to get into the water, and then will blow a second long whistle when all swimmers’ heads have surfaced. This second whistle is the signal to get yourself ready for the starting signal.
When all swimmers are steady the starter will announce  take your marks.  This is the signal for you to be ready to dive into the water, or to start swimming. You will then hear a long buzzer sound which is the signal to start swimming.  Do not start until you hear this buzzer
 
The End of the Race :
Once all swimmers have finished the race, the referee will blow two short whistles. This is the signal for you to leave the pool. You do not leave the water until this signal. It is important that you exit the water from the sides of the pool and not climb up over the end. It is also important that you leave the water quickly so that the next race can be started.
 
Some tips concerning some of the strokes :
Backstroke –
        

    1. Backstroke is started in the water
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    3. You must remain on your back throughout the race, with the exception when you are executing a turn
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    5. At the finish you must be on your back, and you must have a part of your body above the water
 
Butterfly –
        

    1. Your arms must be brought up over the surface of the water when doing your arm strokes; and they must be brought up over the water at the same time
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    3. Your legs must be kept together throughout the race (butterfly kick); and your kicking action must be a dolphin type kickyou are not allowed to kick in the same way that you would kick in a Freestyle or Backstroke race
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    5. When finishing the race you must finish with both hands touching the end, and they must touch at the same time
 
Breaststroke –
You are allowed only one butterfly kick at the start of the race, and when making a turn (if applicable)
Your arms must move at the same time and in the breaststroke action
Your legs must move at the same time and in the breaststroke action
No butterfly kicking except for the one at the beginning and at each turn (if applicable) is allowed
No freestyle kicking is allowed
When finishing the race both hands must touch the end at the same time and they must touch the end apart
 
 
Relays –
It is important swimmer two does not start before swimmer one has touched the end;  swimmer three does not start their turn until swimmer two has touched the end; and swimmer four does not start before swimmer three has touched the end.
If doing a Medley Relay (that involves the four different stroke) you must finish each stroke as you would in a normal race of each stroke
 
Lee Cowen
(on behalf Swimming Tasmania officials)
 

Adrian Broughton (SSATIS)Swimming