Hamilton Aquatics First Series


The Hamilton Aquatics First Series is for swimmers 8 - 12 years old, their first experience of full competition under FINA rules. The focus in the Hamilton Aquatics First Series is on demonstrating the skills that swimmers are learning on a daily basis and learning key competition skills such as the start and marshalling procedures.

The Hamilton Aquatics First Series is aimed at swimmers in the Hamilton Aquatics Foundation Squads but is also open to the stronger swimmers from the Learn to Swim Level 7 and 8 classes, swimmers who have recently moved to the Hamilton Aquatics Development Squads but do not yet qualify for the next level of competition and swimmers from the Club Squads who meet the entry criteria. The Hamilton Aquatics First Series is also open to swimmers from other clubs across the region of a similar standard.

Swimmers must have a time to be considered for entry. Swimmers who have achieved the qualifying times will be guaranteed entry. Swimmers who have entry times slower than the qualification times will be considered for entry depending on the number of entries received.

The Hamilton Aquatics First Series will be swum as ‘age on day’ so every swimmer will swim with swimmers of the same or similar age and medals will be awarded to swimmers placed 1st - 6th in each age group.

Due to the level of competition in Dubai, the Hamilton Aquatics First Series has cut-off times (times swimmers must be slower than) and speed limits to keep the competition at the appropriate level. Swimmers who achieve the cut off times are ready for the next level of competition, the Hamilton Aquatics Development Series, and swimmers who break the speed limit will receive a speeding ticket and will not be eligible to win a medal.

Hamilton Aquatics Development Series


The Hamilton Aquatics Development Series is the next level of competition after the Hamilton Aquatics First Series. The Hamilton Aquatics Development Series is for swimmers 8 years old and above who have proven competition experience. Due to the increased demand for this competition and the need to support development and progression through the Hamilton Aquatics Competitions programme, the Hamilton Aquatics Development Series is be run over a full day with a morning and afternoon session.

The Hamilton Aquatics Development Series is aimed at swimmers in the Development and Potetial Squads but is also open to stronger swimmers in the Foundation Squad who make the qualifying times and swimmers from the Club Squads who meet the entry criteria. The Hamilton Aquatics Development Series is also open to swimmers from other clubs across the region of a similar standard.

In order to aid swimmer progression and help swimmers develop their race skills and technique over longer distances in competitions, the Hamilton Aquatics Development Series has been designed with entry criteria that allow swimmers to enter longer distance events as they progress and reach certain standards that have been set in line with LTAD principles. This also allows swimmers who develop later the same opportunities to compete as the faster developing swimmers within the Hamilton Aquatics academy.

To ensure that swimmers are competing at the appropriate level the Hamilton Aquatics Development Series has qualifying and consideration times (a time swimmers must be faster than) which need to be achieved to be able to enter and also cut-off times (times swimmers must be slower than). Swimmers who have achieved the qualifying times will be guaranteed entry. Swimmers who have achieved the consideration times will be considered for entry depending on the number of entries received. Swimmers who achieve the cut off times are ready for the next level of competition, the Hamilton Open Meets. The Hamilton Aquatics Dubai Development Series will be swum as ‘age on day’ so every swimmer will swim with swimmers of the same or similar age.

The Hamilton Aquatics Development Series includes separate events for Hamilton Aquatics Club Squad swimmers in the afternoon session. The Hamilton Aquatics Club events are only open to Hamilton Aquatics swimmers from the Club Black and Club Orange, have no qualifying times to provide an opportunity for all Club Squad members to compete and will be swum as ‘age on day’.

Future Stars Open Meets


The Future Stars Open Meets are part of the Hamilton Aquatics Development Series. In the Future Stars Open Meets swimmers will compete against swimmers of their own age based on year of birth. With a reduced programme of events based on LTAD principles the best swimmers in Dubai and across the region are encouraged to test their skills against each other.

The Future Stars Open Meets have qualifying times (a time swimmers must be faster than) which need to be achieved to be able to enter and also cut-off times (times swimmers must be slower than). Swimmers who achieve the cut off times are ready for the next level of competition, the Hamilton Open Meets. Swimmers who achieve the cut off times are ready for the next level of competition, the Hamilton Open Meets. The Future Stars Open Meets will be swum as ‘age at 31 December’ preparing swimmers for the next level of competition.

Hamilton Aquatics Open Meets


The Hamilton Aquatics Open Meets are for swimmers with more experience who are used to competing regularly. There are short course (SC) and long course (LC) competitions, held over 2 days with morning and afternoon sessions, throughout the season.

Hamilton Aquatics run five Open Meets throughout the season, including the Middle East Open & Junior Championships, one short-course and four long-course. These competitions take place on Friday and Saturday except the Middle East Open & Junior Championships which take place on Thursday to Saturday. Sessions times are limited to three hours to allow sufficient break between session for swimmers, coaches and officials.

The Middle East Open & Junior Championships attracts swimmers from all over the world and as such offers a more comprehensive programme and finals. Middle East Open Championships finals are held for all 50m, 100m and 200m events, with the fastest heats for the 400m events also being held in the finals sessions. The Middle East Junior Championships are run in afternoon sessions with events run as heat declared winner (HDW). The Middle East Open & Junior Championships is held over 3 days with morning session for heats (Open Championships), afternoon session for Junior Championships and an evening session finals (Open Championships) each day. By holding the finals in a separate session, the Middle East Open & Junior Championships mirrors competitions in the UK and Europe where finals are held and prepares swimmers for competing overseas with the Hamilton Aquatics Team or at home country National level competitions.

All Hamilton Aquatics Open Meets are ‘age on the 31st December’* in the year of the competition to mirror the age groups for competition in the UK and Europe. This helps swimmers prepare for competing overseas with the Hamilton Aquatics Team or at home country National level competitions.

* For Hamilton Aquatics Open Meets taking place September 2017 - December 2018, swimmers will compete based on their age as of the 31st December 2017. For competitions taking place from January - June 2018, the swimmers will compete based on their age as of the 31st December 2018.

To ensure that swimmers are competing at the appropriate level Hamilton Aquatics Open Meets have qualifying and consideration times which need to be achieved to be able to enter. Swimmers who have achieved the qualifying times will be guaranteed entry. Swimmers who have achieved the consideration times will be considered for entry depending on the number of entries received. The qualifying and consideration times are linked to the Hamilton Aquatics Development Series ‘cut off’ times so that there is a clear progression for swimmers between the different levels of competition. The qualifying and consideration times for the short course and long course events are also linked to ensure swimmers can compete regularly.