Oldham Aquatics enter a number of Open Galas through the year.

Each Gala will have a separate drop down menu from the main Gala header.

Open Meets or GALAS : These are the Open Competitions that each individual child over 9 years old can compete in. They are competitions for the individual to progress and achieve their own “Personal Best” times to be recorded on Swim England register and to compete to win medals for their age group. There are 4 Levels of Open Meets, ORCA will compete in Level 4 and Level 3 Open Meets, Oldham Aquatics will compete in Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1 Open Meets.

Level 4 – These meets are defined by the ASA as for one club entry or starter club meets, for example club championships that have been registered with Swim England. These will allow swimmers to achieve ‘official’ times for the other level galas listed above and county qualifying times. There are no upper or lower qualifying times for these galas.

Level 3 – These meets can be held in both Long Course (50M) and Short Course (25M) formats. These competitions generally do not have qualifying times but may have an upper limit time (must not have previously swam faster than). This is to ensure that the meet stays as a development meet for up and coming and younger swimmers. Some level 3 meets also accept unlicensed times for the entry which could be timed by a coach at training or in a Club Championships.

Level 2 – These meets are Short Course (25M) and normally have qualifying times to gain entry into the gala. They are generally County Championships and other Open Meets. The times swam in these competitions can be used for entry into National and Regional Championships.

Level 1 – These meets are Long course (50M) and have qualifying times to gain entry into the gala. These competitions can be used to qualify for Regional and National Championships.