Gala details


Entry conditions
  • Schools must enter a qualifier in order to qualify for the finals.
  • Qualification for the finals is achieved based on the time achieved at a qualifier.
  • It is the school’s responsibility to check whether swimmers have qualified for the finals once results are announced.

Able bodied categories

  • Team entry is for 4 competitors of the same age group.
  • Competitors can enter 1 individual race and 2 relays.
  • Schools can enter the following, per age group:
    • One different competitor per stroke (breaststroke, backstroke, butterfly or freestyle).
    • Two relay races (medley, freestyle or both). Additional swimmers can be brought in to make up the relays only.

Para categories

  • Competitors can enter 1 individual race.
  • Para competitor entry is separate to the team entry and must be booked under a sperate ticket
  • Schools can enter more than one swimmer into each stroke.

Able bodies categories

  • Pupils can only take part in one age group throughout the whole competition. The competition is defined as both qualifying events and the finals.
  • Competitors ages must be taken from 1 September.
  • All competitors must attend an IAPS school.
  • Schools must use Swim Manager to submit their competitor details.
  • Schools who do not submit competitor details using Swim Manager may be asked to withdraw from the championships.
  • Schools will self-classify the swimmer using this tool kit and link, this information will then be sent to [email protected].

Para sport categories

  • Schools will self-classify the competitor using the following tool kit, this information must then be sent to [email protected].

Qualifying numbers are:

  • Individual races - top 20 swimmers in each age group
  • Relays - top 20 schools in each age group
  • Small schools relay - top 10 schools across all the qualifiers
  • Para races - invitation from IAPS
Championship schedule 
  • 11 October - Bookings open for entries (0900)
  • 18 November - Bookings close for entries (2355)
  • 16 January – 10 March - Qualifiers take place throughout the spring term
  • 17 March - All results to be submitted to IAPS
  • 18 April - IAPS announces provisional results to schools. Schools to check results and contact IAPS Sport with queries
  • 2 May - Finalists announced
  • 9 May - Spectator tickets go on sale online
  • TBC - Swimming finals 

Swim Manager instructions

Instructions to follow soon. 

Please check back at a nother time. 



Rules and regulations

  • The national governing body for swimming in England is Swim England.
  • All IAPS swimming qualifiers are conducted under the Swim England regulations and technical rules.
  • All races are swam using a 25m pool.
  • Competitors may swim up an age group but must only compete in that age group for the duration of the competition.
  • We do not accept PB’s recorded outside of an official IAPS qualifier. All swimmers must take part in a qualifier for their time to count.
  • Diving can only take place at one end of the pool, even if the venue has two deep ends. A lot of schools only have one deep end, therefore this rule helps keep the competition as fair as possible.
  • Winning the race does not guarantee a place at the finals, it is a time trial and results are submitted nationally.
  • The referee’s decision is final.
  • Video evidence will not be accepted in any cases to dispute decisions.

Upcoming events

There are no upcoming events.