Swim England South East - Festival of Swimming

Swim England South East - Festival of Swimming @ Wycombe Leisure Centre
Swim England South East - Festival of Swimming @ K2, Crawley

Live Video Stream

We are planning a live feed from K2 next weekend, when we hope to add value to with an audio commentry.

Summer Festival of Swimming

British Swimming, when confirming that there will be no British Championships or Swim England Summer Meet in 2021, have invited all English Regions and equivalents in Scotland and Wales to organise regional competitions, which will be aggregated to create a National Leader Board.

Swim England South East, after consideration, has decided to participate, even if there are still Social Distancing rules in place. Two weekends of swimming will be run, in collaboration with the host clubs at Wycombe and Crawley. 

Saturday/Sunday 24th/25th July Saturday 31st July/Sunday 1st August
Wycombe Leisure Centre K2, Crawley
16/Over Ages 13,14,15



The list of entries below shows the initial list of accepted/rejected entries for the 13-15 years competition on 31st July/1st August. A small number of swims were rejected because they are slower than the base qualifying time. The remainder of rejections are the slowest entries in events with more than 24 entries. Swims that have been withdrawn are currently shown as rejected,

Beacuse we are having a significant number of withdrawals from swimmers who have to self-isolate, any withdrawals up to midnight on Wednesday 28th July will be replaced by the fastest rejected entries.

Session Timings - Crawley

Date Session Warm-Up First Event
31st July 7 08:00 09:15
  8 11:15 12:30
  9 14:30 15:45
1st August 10 08:00 09:15
  11 11:15 12:30
  12 14:15 13:30

There will be 2 x 25m minute warm-ups plus 15 minutes for swimmers to change into facing costumes.

Festival of Swimming - Important Update - Saturday 17th July 2021

The Swim England South East Region Swimming Group met on Thursday 15th July to finalise arrangements for the upcoming Festival of Swimming. Our primary objective is always to provide a quality competition that allows as many swimmers as possible to compete in the safest environment. Because of the measure we have set out below we have been able to accommodate around 30% more swimmers than we originally expected.

The spread of COVID is still causing concern in all parts of the country and the impact on those infected, and their contacts, is significant. Although the Government has lifted all legal restrictions associated with controlling the spread of COVID and leisure centre operators have decided to do the same, the Festival galas will continue to mandate strict social distancing and the wearing of face masks.

Why have we taken this decision?

Government rules still require, until August 16th, any contact of someone who tests positive to self-isolate for 10 days. That would have an immediate impact on people’s ability to work and to go on holiday. It would also place a significant risk on the Region’s ability to run the second weekend of competition and potentially deprive clubs of the staff needed to continue to operate.

As the promoter of the competition the Region has a duty of care towards swimmers, coaches, officials, and parents. After careful consideration, we have assessed that the risk associated with running the competition with no restrictions to be unacceptably high.

What measures will be in place?

Current scientific advice is that the major risk of transmission of COVID is by droplets. As a result, we have decided that the following measures are necessary and will apply equally for all swimmers, coaches, officials and volunteers:

  • Spectators will not be accommodated at either gala. (Every spectator would reduce the number of swimmers by one).
  • Pre competition COVID testing - a lateral flow test at home is acceptable. (Please be honest and do not come to the event if you have a positive test).
  • Completion of a simple health questionnaire. (These should be downloaded from this website and completed before arrival. Questionnaires will be collected at the entry to the building and destroyed after 21 days).
  • Mandatory wearing of face masks by everyone except when competing or taking refreshment.
  • Everyone must remain in the designated areas of the leisure centre – see map.

Because we are mandating the wearing of face masks we can replace 2m distancing by 1m+. This means that we can accommodate extra swimmers.

Scientific advice has also identified that the risk of transmission through shared objects is low. As a result, we can relax some controls:

  • Access to changing rooms, under supervision, for authorised swimmers, officials and volunteers
  • Backstroke ledges will be available for use.

We are asking for everyone’s understanding and co-operation. These restrictions are not optional and are a condition of being allowed to enter the part of the leisure centre being used for the competition. Anyone found not to be following these conditions will be asked to leave the venue.


The health declaration form is now available; venue maps will be available shortly.

Entries Received

Entries recevied up to 28 Jul 2021 13:13.



To aid the running of the meet, any swimmer who does not intend to compete is asked to withdraw before midnight on the day before the competition using the online withdrawal form. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of the withdrawal.

Please Note: The condition relating to withdrawals is amended as follows:

A withdrawal system will be in operation. Club representatives are requested to submit online withdrawals for swimmers who are not intending to swim no later than 23:59 on the day before the competition. Withdrawals are from the complete competition, not individual events. The online withdrawal system will be the only mechanism for submitting withdrawals. 

Access to Information

We are able to provide a high quality live video stream. There is a link at the top of the live results page.

On Thursday before each weekend of competition, we will load a copy of the programme on the website.

During the competition, please access swimmeets.org/live. We will be making the following information available.

  • Heat starts list before the start of each session
  • Heat by heat result, published as soon as the referee has confirmed the result
  • Results of each event shortly after the last heat
  • An anaysis of results by club shortly after the end of each session

In addition, we will be providing comments and photos via the Region Twitter feed.

As soon as practical after the events we will create printable certificates for eveny entrant showing their results.

Provisional Timetable

May 28th Publication of Programme of Events and Draft Conditions COMPLETE
June 7th Publication of Full Conditions COMPLETE
June 9th Publication of Base Qualifying Times  COMPLETE
June 15th Publication of Meet Entry Files COMPLETE
June 15th Online entry system available COMPLETE
July 14th Closing date for entries (8 pm) COMPLETE
July 19th Pulication of list of accepted entries for 24th/25th July COMPLETE
July 26th Publication of list of accepted entries for 31st July/1st August COMPLETE
July 29th Publication of programme for 31st July/1st August  


Summary of Conditions

Detailed conditions have now been developed and published.

The following summarises conditions which are specific to this event:

  • Age Groups: 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18/Over.
  • All events Heat Declared Winner (No finals).
  • The event will be organised with different sets of swimmers each day (each swimmer will compete on 1 day only).
  • We will accept the fastest "n" entries per event (where "n" depend on the maximum number of swimmers allowed and the pattern of entries). There will be no automatic Qualifying Times, There will be base times to manage the timing of the meet. For the majority of events, achieving the lower limit times will NOT guarantee acceptance.
  • Eligible times:
    • Level X times (from October 2020);
    • LC time trials swum under Level X conditions (from April 21st), subject to referees confirmation;
    • Times from licensed meets at any level from 1st April 2021;
    • For clubs that do not have access to a 25m or 50m, pool, times from 20m, 33m, 36yd competitions set under level X conditions (subject to declaration from the referee that the appropriate conditions were met, and by prior arrangement only);
    • SC and/or LC times will be acceptable. 
  • Probable closing date for entries: Wednesday 14th July 2021
  • No presentations/medals. Certificates will be available for download for all entrants.
  • There will be no spectators allowed; we are working to be able to live stream the competition. Possible adjustments to restrictions and numbers of swimmers, will not necessarily open the spectator gallery to anyone to view the competition


Disability Events

This competition will include provisions for eligible disabled swimmers in the follong evenmts:

  • 100m Freestyle S1-S14
  • 200m Freestyle S1-S5, S14
  • 400m Freestyle S6-S16
  • 100m Backstroke S1, S2 (males only), S6-S14
  • 100m Butterfly S8-S14
  • 100m Breaststroke SB4-SB9, SB11-SB14
  • 200m Individual Medley SM5-SM14

Please refer to the conditions for full details

Number of Swimmers to be Accepted per Event

It has not been necessary to apply the complex procedure to manage the number of swimmers. We are accepting all swims not slower than the published base times up to a limit of 24 swims per event.

Access to the Centre and the Pool Hall

Access to the centre is restricted to swimmers competing in the session, coaches and team managers in possession of poolside passes, accredited officials and assigned volunteers.

Swimmers are only permitted to enter poolside when invited to do so by designated marshals for the purpose of warm-up or competing in their event.

For warm-up, each swimmer will be directed to a specific lane. Swimmers must warm-up in their designated lane. There will be no sprint lanes during warm-up.

Each swimmer will be issued with 1 large see through plastic bag. This is the only bag that swimmer may carry onto poolside. This rule will be strictly enforced