A Guide to Competitive Swimming

The gala programme is designed to offer every swimmer the opportunity to develop throughout the year. It is your responsibility to know your child's current swimming times and enter the appropriate gala - but we are here to help you along the way. So please ask if you are not sure, rather than missing an important event in the gala calendar. 

What does PB mean?

A PB is a 'Personal Best' or 'fastest time' for each race the swimmer has entered. This is a better measure of achievement than where the swimmer finishes the race. 

Knowing your child's PBs is very important to enable you to check against entry times to different galas, but also allows you and your child to see achievement, and set achievable swimming goals.

PB lists are regularly updated and added to the website for you to check. 


  • Development Galas - Swimmers are selected for these galas by the Head Coach. Swimming for DLGC is a badge of honour and all swimmers selected should attend these events. 
  • Open galas - the club selects a variety of different level galas during the year and this is where you need to decide which ones to enter. Many open galas have entry times which must be achieved to enter. You CANNOT enter a gala without entry times (please do not make up times). The only exception to this is when a time trial is also on offer at the event eg Icebreaker.
  • As a rough guide:- 

Level 4 galas - are suitable for development swimmers to gain experience and up to date times. Entry times are generally not needed. 

Level 2 & 3 galas - will have entry times to qualify with upper and lower times to prevent very fast swimmers and novice swimmers entering. These are suitable for squad swimmers wanting more gala experience and improve PB times. 

Level 1 galas - these galas have difficult entry times and will be held in a 50m pool giving opportunity for top level swimmers to gain long course PB times. 

  • Kent Junior league (swimmers 9-13years) Swimmers are selected by the Head Coach and should make every effort to be available to swim. 
  • Arena League (swimmers 11 +) Swimmers are selected by the Head Coach and should make every effort to be available to swim. 
  • County,Regional,National Championships. To enter these galas, you will need to achieve qualifying times at licensed galas. 



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