SWIM TALK

This is to help new swimmers and parents, to understand some of the language used in swimming that is likely to confuse them.

A.S.A 

Amatuer Swimming Association

S.A.S.A

Scottish Amatuer Swimming Association

CONSIDERATION TIME

A time for an event set by the meet organiser that swimmer must be faster than in order to be considered for entry.

SWIM AGE

A swimmer's "swim age" depends on the rules of a meet, it can be -

The age that they are on the day of a competition

or the age they will be at the end of the year

WARM UP

A swim at the start of a session which is designed to warm up the muscles, raise the pulse and prepare the body for training or competition.

PADDLES

Flat pieces of plastic worn on the hands, usually during pull sets.

PB

This is an abbreviation of Personal Best, it is the best time that a swimmer has achieved for an event. Swimmers should know their PB for each event and keep a PB chart of their times so that they can follow their improvements.

PULL BUOY

A shaped foam float that goes between your legs and helpsyou float whilst doing pull sets.

RELAY- Individual Medley OR IM  Relay

A relay race comprising all four strokes in the following series- backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and frontcrawl. 

KICKBOARD

A flat rectangular piece of foam used in kick sets.

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