General Information

  • FAQ
  • Glossary
  • Clinics & Camps
  • Swimmer Transfers
  • Useful Links
  • Anti-Doping

How many practices a week should my swimmer attend?

Beginning and Intermediate swimmers should attend practice at least two to
three times a week. Advanced swimmers should attend practice at least three
to five times a week or even more. Contact your coach if you have questions about attendance.

Do I need to sign up and pay for relays for upcoming swim meets?

No. Relays are decided at the meet, depending on the number of swimmers
attending the meet. If a relay is swum, there is no charge to you the parent.

Who decides what my swimmer swims at the swim meet?

Beginning swimmers ought to consult coaches on which events to swim.
Intermediate and Advanced swimmers should choose the events they would like
to swim. Coaches will review and potentially suggest alternatives to a swimmer’s
choices to ensure that swimmers are swimming a variety of events. Contact your
coach for more information.

Is parent involvement required?

Parent involvement is expected and appreciated, but not required. There are
always volunteer needs, so please contact the Team
to see what you can do to help the team out.

How far away are the swim meets?

Swim meets are held all over the Caribbean. However, most of the meets
are in St. Lucia, Top level swimmers participate world wide

How long will it be before my beginning swimmer starts swimming in meets?

If you are able to swim one length of the pool you are ready for your first meet.
We encourage all swimmers to start going to meets as soon as they join the teams.
Swim meets are a great way for your swimmer to bond with the team and to fully
experience swimming.

How do I sign-up my swimmer for a swim meet?

Meet information is provided prior to each meet. Follow the registration form that
is distributed with this meet information and contact your child’s coach if you
need assistance filling out the form. If you are not sure of which events to swim,
your child’s coach can help you decide. If your swimmer is swimming a new event
enter NT for “No Time.” If you are unsure about what to enter, coaches have a log of your
child’s best times to help fill in the blanks.

What does sanctioned mean?

Sanctioned is a term that refers to meets. Meets need to be submitted to SLASA
Swimming for approval. SLASA will check to make sure the meet fits their
guidelines. If a meet receives a sanction, then any times swam at that meet are
official times (meaning that they can be used to qualify of for championship meets).

What should I bring to a swim meet?

You should bring at least two towels, several water bottles, and healthy snacks.
Games, cards, blank paper, homework, books, coloring books, crayons, and markers
are great ways to fill the time between events. Suncream is also a very good idea. Don't forget the
positive team spirit!

Do I need to buy team apparel?

You are not required to buy apparel, but it is encouraged. Team apparel looks great
and is reasonably priced. It is a great way to support and promote your team.
Contact your club for information about how to get team apparel.

What if my child has a friend who might like to join the team?

Have the interested swimmer come to practice with his/her parent, or have the new
parent contact your club.

If I have a problem and it can not be resolved with my club coach, where do I take my complaint?

If the problem is unable to be resolved to your satisfaction at club level
please contact a SLASA representative.

Glossary of Terms

Like any sport, swimming has its own lingo, phrases, and terms that someone new to the sport may find unfamiliar. This page goes over some of these words and phrases that you may not be familiar with, especially if you are new to swimming.

Age Group

Division of swimmers according to age. The National Age Group divisions are: 10-under, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16,17-18. Some clubs have divided the swimmers into more convenient divisions specific to their situations: (ie) 8-under, 13-Over, 15-Over, Junior, Senir.o


One of the 4 competitive racing strokes, basically any style of swimming on your back Backstroke is swam as the first stroke in the Medley Relay and second stroke in the I.M. Racing distances are 50 yds/mtr, 100 yds/mtr, and 200 yds/mtr. (clubs with 8-under divisions offer the 25 yd back


The starting platforms located behind each lane. Some pools have blocks at the deeper end of the pool, and some pools have blocks at both ends. Blocks have a variety of designs and can be permanent or removable.


One of the 4 competitive racing strokes. Breaststroke is swam as the second stroke in the Medley Relay and the third stroke in the I.M. Racing distances are 50 yds/mtr, 100 yds/mtr, and 200 yds/mtr. (clubs with 8-under divisions offer the 25 yd back)


One of the 4 competitive racing strokes. Butterfly (nicknamed FLY) is swum as the third stroke in the Medley Relay and first stroke in the I.M. Racing distances are 50 yds/mtr, 100 yds/mtr, and 200 yds/mtr. (clubs with 8-under divisions offer the 25 yd back


Designated distance (length of pool) for swimming competition. Long Course = 50 meters Short Course = 25 yards or 25 meters


The area around the swimming pool reserved for swimmers, officials, and coaches. No one but an "authorized" members may be on the deck during a swim competition.

Deck Entries

Accepting entries into swimming events on the first day or later day of a meet.


How far a swimmer swims. Distances for short course are: 25 m (1 length), 50 m (2 lengths),100 m (4 lengths), 200 m (8 lengths), 400 m (16 lengths),8mm m (32 lengths), 1500 m (60 lengths). Distances for long course are: 50 meters (1 length), 100 meters (2 lengths), 200 meters (4 lengths), 400 meters (8 lengths), 800 meters (16 lengths), 1500 meters (30 lengths).

Disqualified (DQ)

A swimmers performance is not counted because of a rules infraction. A disqualification is shown by an official raising one arm with open hand above their head.


The exercises and various strength programs swimmers do out of the water

Entry Fees

The amount per event a swimmer or relay is charged. This varies depending on the club and type of meet.

False Start

When a swimmer leaves the starting block before the horn or gun. One false start will disqualify a swimmer or a relay team, although the starter or referee may disallow the false start due to unusual circumstances


One of the 4 competitive racing strokes. Freestyle (nicknamed Free) is swum as the fourth stroke in the Medley Relay and fourth stroke in the I.M. Racing distances are 50 yds/mtr, 100 yds/mtr, 200 yds/mtr, 400 mtr/500 yd 800 mtr/1000 yds, 1500 mtr/1650 yds. (clubs with 8-under divisions offer the 25 yd free


A division of an event when there are too many swimmers to compete at the same time. The results are compiled by swimmers time swam, after all heats of the event are completed.

Heat Award

A ribbon or coupon given to the winner of a single heat at an age group swim meet.

Heat Sheet (Program)

The pre-meet printed listings of swimmers seed times in the various events at a swim meet. These sheets vary in accuracy, since the coaches submit swimmers times many weeks before the meet. Heat sheets are sold at the admissions table and are used mainly to make sure the swimmer has been properly entered in all the events they signed up for. Parents enjoy looking at the seedings prior to the race plus swimmers can tell the order the events will be conducted and get a rough idea how long the meet sessions will last.

Heating Area

The staging area where swimmers wait to receive their lane and heat assignments for a swimming event.Area is usually away from the pool and has rows of chairs for the swimmers to sit. The Clerk of the Course is in charge of the Bull Pen

High Point

An award given to the swimmer scoring the most points in a given age group at a swim meet. All meets do not offer high point awards; check the pre meet information


Glossary of Terms

IM (Individual Medley

A swimming event using all 4 of the competitive strokes on consecutive lengths of the race.The order must be: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle. Equal distances must be swam of each stroke. Distances offered: 100 yds, 200 yds/mtr, 400 yds/mtr

J.O. (Junior Olympics)

An age group championship meet. Lap One length of the course. Sometimes may also mean down and back (2 lengths) of the course

Long Course

A 50 meter pool.

NT (No Time)

The abbreviation used on a heat sheet to designate that the swimmer has not swum that event before.


The certified, adult volunteers, who operate the many facets of a swim competition.

Qualifying Times

Published times necessary to enter certain meets, or the times necessary to achieve a specific category(Motivationa Times) of swimmer. See "A" "AA" (etc.) times. These may be set by the local association or by the Meet orgainisers, such as the Olympic Games.


A swimming event in which 4 swimmers participate as a relay team each swimmer swimming an equal distance of the race. There are two types of relays: 1.) Medley relay - One swimmer swims Backstroke, one swimmer swims Breaststroke, one swimmer swims Butterfly, one swimmer swims Freestyle, in that order. Medley relays are conducted over 200 yd/mtr and 400 yd/mtr distances. 2.) Freestyle relay - Each swimmer swims freestyle. Free relays are conducted over 200 yd/mtr, 400 yd/mtr, and 800 yd/mtr distances.


Portion of meet distinctly separated from other portions by locale, time, type of competition, or age group.

Short Course

A 25 yard or 25 meter pool.


A meet held twice a year (Short Course and Long Course). It is common to hold a Championship Senior meet and Age Group meet separately. Qualification times are usually necessary.


The command given by the Starter or Referee to have the swimmers move off the blocks. Usually this command is a good indication everything is not right for the race to start.


There are 4 competitive strokes: Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle


The "Fund Raiser" copyrighted by USS swimming for local clubs to use to make money


An athlete member who competes, but does not represent a club or team. (abbr. UNA)


The St. Lucia Amateur Swimming Association (SLASA) will be hosting a FINA Coaching Clinic from Friday 13th to Sunday 22nd November inclusive. The clinic has been organized in collaboration with the International Swimming Federation (FINA) and will focus on the exciting and innovative Total Immersion Swimming for Age group Coaches

The clinic will be held at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Cente

The Course Facilitator will be Coach Kimberly Bade, an experienced Total Immersion Coach who has been recommended by Terry Laughlin, founder of Total Immersion Swimming, as the best clinician for Age Group Coaching. Concurrently with the FINA Clinic, Terry Laughlin will be hosting a Total Immersion Open Water Camp for the week of 15th - 21st November in St Lucia The clinic is for regional attendance and SLASA has sent out invitations to coaches and National Federations within the Eastern Caribbean to participate and these participants would also be subsidized by FINA


Transfering of Swimmers
Club to Club

Transfer Regulations:

Where a member wishes to leave a club and join another, this rule applies to all persons registered with the Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Associatino (SLASA).

  1. The member (or their parent or guardian - if the member is under 18 years of age) writes to their existing club requesting a Letter of Release.
  2. If the member owes no fees, holds no club property and has no complaint against them then the club must issue a Letter of Release within 14 days.
  3. The member presents the Letter of Release and a written request (signed by a parent or guardian if the member is under 18 years of age) to the new club.
  4. The new club forwards to SLASA:
    • The letter of Acceptance
    • The letter of Application
    • A letter of Release from the former club
    • A transfer Fee of $5.00

Transfers are automatically in force within 7 clear days of receipt by the Association.

For the purpose of Relay events, a swimmer may not compete for the Club to which they have transfered within three calendar months of the completion of the transfer in accordance with the procedure set out above.

No Club Member whose name appears on the membership list of a Club shall represent any other club, in the same disipline, unless a membership transfer has been affected in accordance with this rule. The appearance of the name of any Club Member on the membership list of a Club submitted by the Secretary of the Club to the Council, shall be accepted by the Council as prima facie evidence that the said name is properly included in such a list.

Guidelines On Dealing with Transfers

Poaching means "to hunt illegally" or "to steal". Unfiortunately it is a term sometime ascribed to clubs or coaches who receive transfers from other clubs. The perception is that the club or coach actively pursued the swimmer and persuaded them to transfer. This may or may not have happened. Transfers can be emotionally charged at the best of times. This should be avoided, as it is considered a breach of the Official Code of Ethics for a Coach and may be subject to resultant discipline.

Parents and Swimmers should consider carefully their reasons for transferring from one club to another. Reasons could include, the needs of the swimmer, inability to work with the coach, friendships etc. Swimmers who transfer do not always exceed previous levels.




Anti-Doping - Play Fair, say NO to Doping


This video outlines the anti-doping procedure

About RADO

The Caribbean RADO is based in Barbados and acts as the secretariat for anti-doping issues for Antigua & barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cayman Is., Dominica, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Guyana, Montserrat, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and the Turks & Caicos Is.

They educate athletes, coaches, sports administrators, athlete support personnel, parents and guardians, doctors, national, regional and international sports federations.

Play Fair

Charater, respect, dedication, courage and excellence are essential to a rewarding performance in sport.

These values represent "fair play"
  • Show respect for yourself and for others (Competitors, umpires/referees and other officals)
  • Be gracious in victory and in defeat
  • Have fun and enjoy being part of the action
What they offer
  • Anti-doping Education & Awareness
  • Athlete Outreach
  • testing services
  • Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE)
  • Results management and Appeals
  • Code Compliance

Link to the current Prohibited List

For Further Details, contact the RADO at 426-7859 or use the links above to go direct to the WADA or RADO website.