How to Join

If you want to join us, the only real requirement is that you can swim!

Norwood Swimming Club welcomes everyone – from the twelve-year-old tackling their first event, to the parent who enjoys swimming at carnivals, through to those hoping to make an Australian team. 

If you can confidently swim 50m in one or more strokes and you’re ready to start racing, it’s time to become part of our team. 

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To get started as a Club Member, you need to go to Swim Central Resources and follow the New Members guide to set up your account.

Once you’ve registered and paid for your membership, you’ll register for all future events by logging into the Swim Central Portal.

For more help – click here for a step-by-step guide to using SwimCentral.

FAQs

1. Join up as a Parent member and swimmer via SwimCentral (see above).

2. Email the Club at info@norwoodswimmingclub.com.au to let us know.

3. Order your Swimmer’s uniform items.

4. Order your SwimmingSA Handbook of Events (contact SwimmingSA on 0871230848)

5. Get your “Working with Children Clearance”.

1. Please email info@norwoodswimmingclub.com.au to let us know your name, contact number and email address. We’ll add you to our email list for regular updates.

2. Make sure you Like us on Facebook and Instagram. We post on there regularly.

3. Visit the website regularly. Details about events and other information is posted regularly.

When you first join the Club, you will receive a complimentary Norwood Swimming Cap.

Additional uniform requirements and where to buy them are listed below. Click here.

The Swimmer

1. Login to SwimCentral

2. Unlock your account using your PIN

3. Go to Events and scroll to the Events Calendar and choose a Meet

4. Select your swimmer from the tabs and a list of events will present below your swimmers tab

*NB if qualifying times are required and your child does not have a qualifying time, the event will not appear for selection.

5. Place all events your swimmer wants to enter into your cart

6. Go to the next swimmer and repeat

7. Go to the shopping cart (shopping cart is different to store) to pay for your swimmers events

The Official (you)

1. Go to Events again. Now you will see the meet you just entered appear here.

2. Go to View Event

3. There are 3 tabs here, ENTRIES, TICKETS AND DETAILS.

4. To nominate yourself or another adult family member to officiate go to DETAILS and scroll down and click on Position Nominations.

5. Choose the correct family member from the drop down bar.

6. Scroll through and select Official by clicking on the NOMINATE button. Some events have more than 1 session, be mindful to select for a session that you will be there for. (This may mean you need to have a look back in the entries section for your swimmer and double check which sessions they are swimming in.)

7. You will be notified by email once SwimCentral has activated your nomination.

8. Norwood Swimming Club will email you as well before the swim meet. This email will tell you what role you are fulfilling. You may need to go back into swim central and nominate for a second session if we are short on officials.

About Officiating

Please be aware that you, or another adult in your family, will need to officiate at every meet your child enters. Swimming competitions require lots of volunteers to hold an event. But don’t worry when you’re starting out you will be given duties that are very easy and require no experience. The role will be explained to you at the officials briefing before the swimming session begins.

To protect our children and our community during the covid-19 pandemic there are 2 requirements for all officials to fulfil. Please address these promptly before your first meet.

1. Working With Children Screening which requires a the submission of an application form for approval link here

2. Covid-19 requirement which is a quick tutorial. link here

Please email our friendly club liaison on info@norwoodswimmingclub.com.au with any concerns or questions.

All our parents have officiated and we remember what it was like the first time. And after the event you realise it’s actually pretty easy. Officials do not need to buy venue entry tickets for S.A.A.L.C.

Most importantly, be mindful that it will be important to ensure your child is cared for by another adult in the stands, particularly for their first meet.

The Spectator/s

1. Wait until you officiating role has been confirmed, see above.

2. Go to Events again. You will see the meet/s you have entered.

3. Go to View Event for the event you wish to buy spectator tickets for. If you are officiating at S.A.A.L.C you do not need to buy a ticket for that session.

4. There are 3 tabs here, ENTRIES, TICKETS AND DETAILS.

5. Go to TICKETS

6. Scroll down and carefully select which tickets you would like to buy, for which session etc. You will need to buy a ticket for sessions you are attending but not officiating.

7. You can select to purchase a program here, which you collect on entry to the venue.

8. Go to shopping cart and pay for your purchase.

9. You can go into this tab numerous times and buy extra tickets etc. Although limits may apply to ticket purchases depending on the current covid-19 restrictions.

There is an expectation that if you enter your athlete into a Meet or Carnival, and if that child is under 18 years of age, an adult caregiver will be present at that meet or carnival for the entire time the athlete is present to supervise that athlete. It is not acceptable to drop your athlete off and leave. Athlete supervision and care is NOT the responsibility of Swimming SA or the Norwood Swimming Club or its representatives. 

* If you enter your athlete in a Carnival or Meet, you agree to make yourself available to time keep and /or officiate as required. Please do not enter your athlete if you are unable to make yourself available. As there should always be a supervising adult present with athlete’s under 18, this should not present an issue. This does not mean you will have to Officiate at every Swimming SA meet, as Officiating is arranged on a roster basis, however, please expect to
be rostered on to time keep at EVERY Club Carnival your athlete competes at.

The swimming meets on offer to your athlete throughout the swimming season fall under two broad categories:

Club Carnivals
A club carnival is a swim meet hosted and run by a swimming club. Most of these are run at the Club’s home pool and are a major fundraising avenue for that Club. They also tend to have a more casual feel about them and are an excellent way for younger and first-time athletes to experience competitive swimming. 

SwimmingSA Meets
SwimmingSA Meets are either:

1. Performance (State Championships and Division 1 Meets). 

Qualifying times are required for these and Division 1 have a minimum age requirement of 12 years.

2. Development Meets. 

No minimum age or qualifying times.

Please be aware that you, or another adult in your family, will need to officiate at every meet your child enters. Swimming competitions require lots of volunteers to hold an event. But don’t worry when you’re starting out you will be given duties that are very easy and require no experience. The role will be explained to you at the officials briefing before the swimming session begins.

Once swimmer registrations close for a meet, swimmingSA will let our club know how many officials we need to provide which is relative to how many swimmers we have attending. We have some amazing club volunteers who then create our officials roster and allocation. Keep an eye out for the officials roster email from Norwood Swimming Club for all the information you need.

To protect our children and our community during the covid-19 pandemic there are 2 requirements for all officials to fulfil. Please address these promptly before your first meet.

Working With Children Screening which requires a the submission of an application form for approval. (Click here)

Covid-19 requirement which is a quick tutorial. (Click here)

Please email our friendly club liaison at info@norwoodswimmingclub.com.au with any concerns or questions. All our parents have officiated and we remember what it was like the first time. And after the event you realise it’s actually pretty easy. Officials do not need to buy venue entry tickets for S.A.A.L.C.

Most importantly, be mindful that it will be important to ensure your child is cared for by another adult in the stands, particularly for their first meet.

How to Nominate Yourself as an Official

Go to Events again. Now you will see the meet you just entered appear here.

Go to View Event

There are 3 tabs here, ENTRIES, TICKETS AND DETAILS.

To nominate yourself or another adult family member to officiate go to DETAILS and scroll down and click on Position Nominations.

Choose the correct family member from the drop down bar.

Scroll through and select Official by clicking on the NOMINATE button. Some events have more than 1 session, be mindful to select for a session that you will be there for. (This may mean you need to have a look back in the entries section for your swimmer and double check which sessions they are swimming in.)

You will be notified by email once SwimCentral has activated your nomination.

Norwood Swimming Club will email you as well before the swim meet. This email will tell you what role you are fulfilling. You may need to go back into swim central and nominate for a second session if we are short on officials, or if any changes are needed.

Renewing Members

Membership to any swimming club in South Australia, including Norwood Swimming Club, requires purchasing an annual membership with SwimmingSA. 

Just like becoming a new Member, you renew and pay for your annual membership via the SwimCentral app. 

Further instructions can be found here.

Or click here to log into SwimCentral.

Volunteering

Swimming requires many volunteers around the pool. It is a requirement of all clubs to assist at every meet. If your child has been nominated to swim, then the registered parent needs to be available for potential duties.

You need to obtain a Working with Children Check and complete the Covid-19 safe learning package provided by SwimmingSA.

Apply for screening here.

And the Covid-19 Safe training package here.

The number of volunteers required depends on the number of swimmers entered at a meet.

Jobs may include: time keeping, inspector of turns, judge of stroke, marshalling, results runner, providing refreshments to name a few. You can read more on roles here.

If you are allocated an officiating role you do need to register via the Swim Central portal.

The club will send an email prior to closing date.

Swimming SA Forms and Resources

All forms and resources relating to Swimming SA can be found here. This includes the qualifying times for Division 1 meets and SA Long Course (LC) and Short Course (SC) State Championships.

Transfers

For a member to transfer clubs, they must purchase a membership with a new club first.

This is completed via the SwimCentral app.

Once completing that new membership purchase, a transfer button will be available on the old membership. You would then be eligible to receive a refund on any components which are common to both memberships (i.e. State fee and National fee components). 

For more information, refer to this guide provided by SwimmingSA.

Order your Uniforms:

There are two ways too order your uniforms:

1. Order online here, or

2. Email the Uniform Officer at: uniforms@norwoodswimmingclub.com.au

Club Uniform

All uniform items are available from the Swimmers’ Shop at Norwood Swim School. Uniform can also be ordered online. If an item in your size is not in stock at Norwood Swim School, please click on the link here and place your order. Within a few weeks, it will be shipped to Kate ready for distribution to you … simple! You will be contacted when it is ready for collection from Norwood Swim School.

If you have any questions, please email the club here and we’ll get back to you with all the info you need.

Compulsory items: 

• Norwood Swimming Club T-shirt (either cotton or quick dry)
• Norwood Swimming Club track pants or Norwood Swimming Club shorts
• Norwood Swimming Club swimming cap (either personalised or non-personalised)
• Norwood Swimming Club ‘unique meet’ T-shirt (i.e. National open, National age etc.) specific to that meet 

Additional items (not compulsory):

• Norwood Swimming Club jacket

These are the only items that may be worn for medal presentations at  Swimming SA meets at SAAAL (Marion), State Championships and National meets. 

Additional or casual items include:

• Norwood Swimming Club hoodie
• Norwood Swimming Club baseball cap
• Norwood Swimming Club polo shirt

Officials & Time Keeping

Club Carnivals
The hosting Club must supply the normal officials required to be on pool deck for the times to be ratified by Swimming Australia. 

This type of meet is referred to as an “Endorsed Meet” – in other words, there is a full
compliment of Referees, Starter, Judges of Stroke and Inspectors of Turn to ensure that the meet is run professionally and the times considered as full qualifying times, enabling the athlete to use these times to enter Meets where a qualifying time is required.

Unless the Carnival is run by our Club, we are only required to supply time keepers for the event. This is calculated on the number of athletes competing and a roster is provided to members in advance.

Norwood Swimming Club runs 1-2 Club Carnivals each year.

SwimmingSA Meets

Participating Clubs must supply Officials to assist at the event. The number of officials required is calculated based on the number of athletes competing and a roster is provided to members in advance of the event.

For more detail about Officiating duties, please see the FAQs above.