Gala details

Qualifiers

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.
  • This is not a licensed championships. 
Races

U10 (25m)

Breaststroke

Backstroke

Butterfly

Freestyle

4x25 Medley Relay

4x25m Freestyle Relay

U11 (50m)

Breaststroke

Backstroke

Butterfly

Freestyle

4x25 Medley Relay

4x25m Freestyle Relay

U12 (50m)

Breaststroke

Backstroke

Butterfly

Freestyle

4x25 Medley Relay

4x25m Freestyle Relay

U13 (50m)

 

Breaststroke

Backstroke

Butterfly

Freestyle

4x25 Medley Relay

4x25m Freestyle Relay

Small schools relay

8x25m relay

A small school is defined as a school with less than 30 girls or 30 boys in years 5 & 6 or years 7 & 8 combined.

The relay should be made up of four Year 5’s and four Year 6’s from the same school and same gender.

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 seperate ticket
  • Schools can enter more than one swimmer into each stroke.
Eligibility

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.

Para sport 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 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
  • 3 June - Swimming finals (please note this is during half term)

Swim Manager instructions

Instructions for Swim Manager can be found here

Swim Manager Privacy Policy here

Finals

Saturday 3 June 2023
at the London Aquatics Centre

For most schools this is the end of the summer half term. IAPS recognises the inconvenience this may cause, but after exhausting all suitable venues that can facilitate a swimming event of this scale, IAPS believes this is the best option for the 2023 swimming finals. This will provide your pupils with another opportunity to swim at the 2012 Olympic venue.

It has become increasingly difficult to secure a suitable date at the London Aquatics Centre. Dates are allocated in order of importance so once IAPS are offered dates, there is limited choice. Each year the number of dates available is less, making it very difficult to find one that works. IAPS is now working with Ponds Forge (Sheffield) and Sandwell (Birmingham, Commonwealth venue) as the possible future host of the swimming finals.

 

 

Rules and regulations

Regulations
  • The national governing body for swimming in England is Swim England.
Rules
  • 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.
  • The competition is defined as both the qualifying gala and finals.
  • 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.

Eligibility & policies

Please make sure you have read and understand the following eligibility criteria and policies before booking onto an event:

  1. eligibility criteria
  2. booking terms and conditions
  3. safeguarding policy
  4. media policy
  5. codes of conducts

Upcoming events

16 January – 16 March 2023

Swimming Championships 2023

Book your school into a swimming qualifier here.

  • Various
  • Swimming