Hamilton Aquatics First Series

The Hamilton Aquatics First Series is for swimmers 8 - 12 years old and will provide 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 Gold and Platinum classes, swimmers who have recently moved to the Hamilton Aquatics Development Squads but do not yet qualify for the next level of competition as well as swimmers from the Club Squads who meet the entry criteria. The Hamilton Aquatics First Series is also open to swimmers of a similar standard from other clubs across the region.

Swimmers must have a recorded time to be considered for entry to the Hamilton Aquatics First Series. Swimmers who have achieved the qualifying times will be guaranteed entry. Swimmers who have entry times slower than the qualifying times will be considered for entry depending on the number of entries received. To support swimmer development within the Hamilton Aquatics academy, swimmers in the Hamilton Aquatics Foundation Squads will be able to enter the Hamilton Aquatics First Series without an entry time.

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 Competition programme, the Hamilton Aquatics Development Series is run over a full day with a morning and afternoon session.

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

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 (times 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. To support swimmer development within the Hamilton Aquatics academy, swimmers in the Hamilton Aquatics Development pathway will be guaranteed entry to the Hamilton Aquatics Development Series if they have achieved the consideration times and Hamilton Aquatics Potential Squads will be able to enter without an entry time.

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 squads and have no qualifying times, to provide an opportunity for all Club Squad members to compete and will be swum as 'age on day'.


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 six Open Meets throughout the season, including the Middle East Open & Junior Championships.

Each of Hamilton Aquatics Open Meets have a specific role in swimmer development.

The Hamilton Aquatics Short Course in October gives swimmers the opportunity to demonstrate key skills such as starts, turns and finishes at the beginning of the season, allowing swimmers to excel in these areas as they begin to increase their fitness.

The Hamilton Aquatics Winter Long Course in December is a chance for swimmers to race at the end of their training cycle, before the winter break, demonstrating the skills they have developed during this training cycle. It includes the Hamilton Aquatics 'Mixed Mystery Medley' event in which the 8 fastest swimmers from the 200m individual medley will be invited to take part.

The BSM Marlins March Open gives younger swimmers the opportunity to develop the skills associated with attending an overseas competition in a fun and friendly environment.

The Hamilton Aquatics 'Last Chance' Meet in May is scheduled to fall within the qualifying period for British and other home country National Competitions, offering swimmers a 'Last Chance' to register times that can be used for entry to these competitions without having to travel overseas. It includes the Hamilton Aquatics 'Skins' competitions, a true test of swimmers physical and mental toughness.

The Hamilton Aquatics Summer Sizzler in June is the last competition of the year for most swimmers. It provides a final opportunity for swimmers to demonstrate the skills they have learned and the development they have made during the season. From here swimmers will either head off for the summer national competitions or their summer break.

The Middle East Open & Junior Championships attract swimmers from all over the world and as such offers a more comprehensive programme and finals. The Middle East Open Championships have age group finalsfor all 50m and 100m events, open finals for 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 a morning session for heats (Open Championships), an afternoon session for Junior Championships and an evening session for finals (Open Championships) each day. By holding the finals in a separate session, the Middle East Open & Junior Championships mirror competitions in the UK and Europe where finals are held and prepare 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 - December 2018, swimmers will compete based on their age as of the 31st December 2018. For competitions taking place from January - June 2019, the swimmers will compete based on their age as of the 31st December 2019.

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. To support swimmer development within the Hamilton Aquatics academy, any swimmer in the Hamilton Aquatics academy that has achieved the consideration times will be guaranteed entry to Hamilton Aquatics Open Meets.