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If you serve as a Timer at a swim meet, here are a few tips and hints to keep in mind:

  • Double check the swimmer's name and that he/she is in the correct event/heat/lane

  • Always start your watch on the sound of the horn or flash of the strobe light

  • Always record the time on your watch (or DNF if the swimmer did not finish)

  • Clear your watch for the next race on the directions of the Chief Timer or on the Referee's whistle

  • Immediately notify the Chief Timer if your watch did not start/stop on time or of any other problem

  • 800m/1500m/1650y Free - Ring the bell 2 laps before the finish

  • Relays - Do not stop your watch on the last touch of the lead-off swimmer just because a record split has been requested

  • Time-only Swims - Record the swimmer's name and watch times, especially if the swimmer is not listed in the Meet Programme

  • At the finish, always stand over the edge of the pool.

  • At the finish, you only stop your watch as the swimmer touches the pad - not before and not after

  • If you are also operating a push-button, the same principle applies - At the finish, you only press the button as the swimmer touches the pad; not before and not after

  • Do not be afraid to get wet. After all, swimming is a water sport, so you might want to bring a small towel in case you do get splashed

  • Dress appropriately for the meet but always try to look sharp. Dress lightly for a warm day. Bring a jacket or sweater if its windy or cold

  • Yes, you may cheer your child on if he/she is swimming in the meet but do not let their swimming distract you from doing your job. If your child or some other matter requires your attention, tell the Chief Timer so that a replacement for you can be found

  • ALWAYS REMEMBER - We are here for the swimmers and they deserve our best at all times


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