Sandton Seals Swimming Club is affiliated to Central Gauteng Aquatics (CGA), which in turn is affiliated to Swimming South Africa (SSA).
If you registered as a full member you are entitled to swim in CGA gala’s provided you have achieved the required qualifying times. (Qualifying Times can be downloaded below.)
You must be registered with CGA 14 days prior to the commencement of the gala/closing of entries.
You swim the age you are on the day of the commencement of the gala i.e. should you turn 13 on day 2 of the gala, you will still compete as a 12 year old.
Swimmers must be available to swim in relays at all CGA and SSA galas they have entered.
Every year the CGA handbook is electronically released in about October which contains information on galas, qualifying times, records etc.
Short course is swum in a 25m pool and long course in a 50 m pool – please note that the qualifying times are different.
For a comprehensive explanation off all competitive swimming rules visit: www.centralgautengaquatics.co.za
You notify the coach/committee member of your interest (if they don’t find you first!). BELIEVE IT OR NOT? To run a rugby match requires 3 officials and to run a gala requires in excess of 50 officials.
Why must every family have at least one qualified timekeeper/official?
Inter Club Competitions, clubs will be required to provide SSA registered trained officials for EVERY SESSION, according to the number of swimmers entered in the competition:
1 - 5 swimmers, the number of officials optional.
6 – 10 swimmers, at least one judge or one timekeeper per session.
11+ swimmers, a minimum of two officials, one judge and one timekeeper per session.
The names of the officials must accompany the entries.
All Technical Officials must be correctly attired.
White shirts and Navy Blue Trousers or skirts for finals sessions.
Navy blue shorts for heats.
These are all volunteers.
CGA can prevent participation of swimmers from or fine clubs who do not comply with the above ruling on officials.
If you have not done a timekeepers course help in the form of selling programmes, announcing, marshalling, admin at the gala is counted towards the clubs number of officials.
How do I attend a timekeepers course?
You will be copied on dates, times and venues every time a course is run.
The advantage of taking this course is that your knowledge of swimming improves.
You will have a better understanding of the rules and procedures involved in a gala when you see what happens behind the scenes.
Working on pool deck is fun and it helps makes the time fly!
However, it can also be long and hard if the Club does not have enough parents to share the load.
If your child is a swimmer this comes with the territory and you are required to do your part.
How do I become a judge?
If after timekeeping for a period, you are interested in becoming a judge or being involved in gala computer administration please notify the coach of your interest and your name will be forwarded to CGA Officials Committee for relevant training.
For issues concerning doping and the use of certain medication visit: www.drugfreesport.org.za