Operational Plan




  1. The name of the clubs shall be the "CAPALABA STATE COLLEGE AMATEUR SWIMMING CLUB" and / or the “PIRANHAS SWIM CLUB”, hereinafter referred to as "the club".




(a)     To act as a sub‑committee of the Capalaba State College Parents & Citizens Association.

(b)     To provide services and facilities for amateur swimming at the Capalaba State College Junior Campus Pool.

(c)     To teach the skills and techniques to enable swimmers at the club to adapt to training and competition at various levels as well as furnishing swimmers with opportunities for discipline and sportsmanship thus enhancing a healthy participation in swimming and enjoyment in the sport.




(a)     The executive Committee of the club shall consist of the office bearers who must be members of the CAPALABA STATE COLLEGE PARENTS AND CITIZENS ASSOCIATION. The executive committee shall have the power to resolve any urgent administration and or disciplinary matters arising from time to time in conjunction with the CAPALABA STATE COLLEGE PARENTS AND CITIZENS ASSOCIATION and such decisions must be ratified at the next general meeting of the club.

(b)     The committee of the club shall consist of the honorary members. (See Rule 11)




(a)     Life membership may be granted to anyone who has been a member of the club for a minimum of eight (8) years, and has served on the committee, and is considered to have made a significant contribution to the club.

(b)     Nominations for life membership must be made in writing by a member and seconded by a further two (2) members, at least one of whom must not be an office bearer. The completed nomination and supporting statement must be presented to the Secretary. The decision to grant life membership will be made by the unanimous vote of the Executive Committee, except that where the nominee is a member of the Executive Committee, that member will be excluded from the vote.

(c)     The number of life members granted in any one year shall not be restricted.





(a)     Office bearers of the club shall consist of Chairperson, Vice‑Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer, and shall be elected at a pre P&C Annual General Meeting held yearly, usually around March or April. Office bearers are sanctioned through the P&C AGM.


(b)     Duties of Office Bearers:


 - Chairperson - Chair all meetings; liaise with the Principal and the Parents and Citizens Association.

 - Vice-Chairperson - Prepare all written programs, information booklets and all other printed material as required.

 - Secretary - Minute all meetings, receive and answer all correspondence.

 - Treasurer - Record and bank all income, pay all wages, record and pay all accounts and prepare a budget estimate for the ensuing season.




6.       Any officials required for the operation of the club shall be elected at a General Meeting held before the P&C Association AGM. Should positions still be vacant after the General Meeting, the Executive will have the authority to approve the nominations for the outstanding official’s positions and report to the P&C.




(a)     The pre P&C Annual General Meeting shall be held on the same night as the monthly general meeting in March or April of each year.

(b)     The general meeting of the club will be held on the first Thursday of each month, except as altered from time to time by the executive committee.

(c)     A special general meeting can be called by the Chairperson, any three Executive Committee members or any ten Honorary members of the club.



8.       Quorum rules are as per the P&C constitution.



9.       Rules of the club may be altered at the pre P&C AGM General Meeting, or at a special general meeting called for that purpose.  Notice of motion to change the rules must be submitted to the Secretary at least three weeks before this meeting. These notices of motion must be circulated to the members at least two weeks prior to this meeting.



(a)     Swimming membership of the club is open to any person 5 - 21 years.

(b)     Application for membership must be made on the prescribed form and handed to the club registrar together with participation subscription. A birth certificate must be sighted before membership will be accepted.

(c)     Only financial swimming participants of the club may participate in club night swims, represent the club at carnivals, may participate in Club Championships.




(a)     Honorary membership is automatically granted to parents and guardians of swimming club members. Other community members over the age of 21 who subscribe to the aims of the club may apply for honorary membership, which can be granted on a simple majority vote of those members present at a general meeting.


(b)     Honorary members may participate in the adult swim training squad and swim in all club night events as prescribed in Regulation 21 and will comply with the rules and regulations as they relate to members.



12.     The personal data of club members held by the appropriate designated officials shall not be made available to anyone except at the discretion of the Executive Committee or by the direction of the Chairperson.



  1. Annual participation fees and pool entry fees will be charged where applicable, and such fees will be determined by the executive committee from time to time.




(a).    The Club's competition night will be each Tuesday commencing at 6.30 p.m. sharp. This will be altered to Wednesday evening at 6.30pm sharp when the scheduled Tuesday night meet is cancelled due to inclement weather.  The decision to abandon or proceed with club night shall be decided by the Executive Committee in conjunction with the Referee.  The Tuesday night meet may also be altered at the discretion of the Executive committee when it clashes with other sporting or community fixtures affecting the majority of regular club night swimmers.

In the event that club night is altered to the Wednesday evening, the Executive committee shall immediately notify the Capalaba State College pool licensee, so that alternative arrangements to training times can be made, to allow the altered club night to commence at 6.30pm sharp.

(b).    Make up swim eligibility:

Make up swims for club nights are available to any swimmer who is a current member of the either club, who is to participate in an organised school based activity.

(c)     The secretary must be notified in writing; seven (7) days prior to the club night concerned and confirmation of the school based activity will be required and is to be lodged with the Secretary at the time of notification.

Some examples of accepted activities are: School Camps, School Musicals, representing school at sporting meet.

(d)     Make up swims will be timed by two (2) independent time pieces.

(e)     The make-up swim will take place on a Wednesday night at 7.30pm sharp, after the club night that the swimmer/s will be absent, and only if the criteria in Rule 14 (b) has been met.

(f)      All family members may complete their club night swim at the foresaid make up swim and must also comply with the procedure in rule 14 (c).

(g)     If the swimmer/s cannot attend the Wednesday night appointed for the make-up swim prior to the club night that the swimmer/s will be absent, then that club night will be missed. No other make-up swim date will be set for that particular swim, unless, the swimmer/s is attending another school based activity on that Thursday night appointed for the make-up swim, and only in that case, the make-up swim, for those swimmers affected, will be held on a date and time set by the Executive committee.


15.     Nominations for club night swims must be lodged at the nomination table on the prescribed nomination cards no later than 6.15pm on the night of the meet.

16.     Nomination cards must be completed in full.



17.     Swimmers will compete against their own times for points based on their club night swims. Points so gained will accumulate throughout the season and will form the basis of improvement trophy allocations at the conclusion of each season.



(a)     Points for freestyle, backstroke breaststroke and butterfly sprint events will be allocated according to the following schedule: ‑


More than 1.59 seconds slower than best time                 1

Between 0.60 & 1.59 seconds slower than best time        2

0.59 seconds either side of best time                                3

Between 0.60 & 1.59 seconds faster than best time         5

Between 1.60 & 2.59 seconds faster than best time         6

Between 2.60 & 3.59 seconds faster than best time         7

More than 3.59 seconds faster than best time                   8


19.     When a club night swim is cancelled after being partly swum, points will only be allocated for the strokes that have been completed in each division.



20.     The club program for the season will include:

(a)     Freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly sprint events in two (2) divisions ‑ 25 and 50 metres.

(b)     There will also be provision for 12.5 meter swims at the beginning of each club night if required for young swimmers to a maximum of three swims at 12.5 metres. Young swimmers must become paid members for more than one trial swim night.

(c)     Individual medley in two (2) divisions ‑ 100 and 200 metres.

(d)     Distance freestyle in two (2) divisions ‑ 100 and 200 metres.

(e)     Freestyle and medley relays ‑ 4 by 25 metres.


21.     The strokes to be swum each night will be determined by the committee and listed in this booklet which will be handed to swimmers at sign‑on prior to the commencement of each season.



(a)     All swimmers will start in the same distance they finished in during last season’s last club night

(b)     Those swimmers who are swimming for the first time will commence the season in the lowest distance in each stroke unless approved by the Executive Committee with proof of a faster seeding time as set in Rule 23(a)

(c)     All swimmers will begin their season on a level playing field and all will receive one (1) point for their first swim in each stroke.



(a)     The following times are to be recorded at a club night meet to qualify for promotion to the distances as shown: ‑

25m. to 50m.         100m. to 200m.

Freestyle                            24 sec.

Backstroke                        28 sec.

Breaststroke                      31 sec.

Butterfly                             27 sec.

Distance freestyle                                              100 sec.

Individual Medley                                               100 sec.

(b)     A swimmer who cannot swim the 100 metres distance freestyle or the 100 metres individual medley in less than 150 seconds will not be eligible to nominate again for that event until the swimmer obtains a clearance from the coach or the Executive Committee.


24.     Upon swimming a time that makes a swimmer eligible to progress to a longer distance (refer Rule 23(a)), the swimmer will have no option but to go to the longer distance at the next swim in that stroke.


25.     Once having graduated to a longer distance in any stroke (refer Rule 23(a) and Rule 24), a swimmer may not return to a shorter distance unless the age on blocks at championships or carnival is assigned to the shorter distance.


26.     Swimmers graduating to the next distance in each stroke will take all points to their new division. Four (4) points will be awarded for the first swim in the new distance swum in each stroke.


27.     Swimmers may swim in only one division in each event on any one club night.





(a)     The club will conduct championship events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley and distance freestyle.

(b)     Championship events will be swum in all ages from 5 to 21 years. Age champions will be named in each age group.

(c)     All swimmers aged 9 and under will swim 25 metres in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly championship events, and will swim 100 metres in the individual medley and distance freestyle championship events.

(d)     All swimmers aged 10 years will swim 50 metres in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly championship events, and will swim 100 metres in the individual medley and the distance freestyle championship events.

(e)     All swimmers aged 11 years and over will swim 50 metres in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly championship events, and will swim 200 metres in the individual medley and the distance freestyle championship events.


29.     Ages for championship events will be calculated according to the actual age of the swimmer on the first day of the championship.


30.     To be eligible to compete in the club championships, a swimmer must swim a minimum of four (4) of the club night swims in the relevant stroke, two (2) medley and two (2) distance freestyle events for which they are nominated.


31.     Club champions will be awarded in the following divisions: ‑


Junior Girl        ‑           11 years and under.

Junior Boy       ‑           11 years and under.

Senior Girl       ‑           12 years and over.

Senior Boy      ‑           12 years and over.


Overall club champion ‑ will be the highest points scorer from the four divisions.

Ages will be determined as per Rule 29.


32.     Club champions will be determined by adding together points gained for the club by the individual swimmer at designated club carnivals (only if able to obtain the relevant data from the host of the carnival) and points gained by the individual swimmer in club championships. For the method of allocating carnival points, see Rule 44.


33.     Age champions will be determined by allocating points in club championship finals on the following basis: ‑


1st       ‑           7 points.

2nd      ‑           5 points.

3rd       ‑           4 points.

4th       ‑           3 points.

5th       ‑           2 points.

6th       ‑           1 point.



34.     Club championship records shall be kept in all distances, events and all age groups as set out in Rule 29, and established and broken only at championship swims.


35.     Carnival records shall be kept in all distances and age groups for each event, and can only be established or broken at carnivals. They shall be recorded according to age on the block.


36.     Club records shall be kept in all distances and individual age groups for each event, and can be established or broken only by a financial member of the Capalaba State College Amateur Swimming Club or Piranhas Swim Club at club night swims, and shall be recorded according to age on the block.


37.     Any attempt on a record during a club night swim can only be made if notice is given at the time of nomination.  Any swimmer wishing to attempt a record must have recorded a time at a club night swim that conforms to the following:


25m all strokes within 2 seconds of existing record.

50m all strokes within 3 seconds of existing record.

Distance Freestyle and Individual Medley within 5 seconds of existing record.


38.     For a record to be established or broken, the swimmer must be timed by two (2) timing devices reading 100ths of a second.



39.     Members must at all times obey the instructions of any official.  Wilful or persistent disobedience of official's instructions or misconduct will result in the suspension of that member by the senior official present at that event.


40.     A suspended member may be summoned before the committee to show cause why membership should not be terminated.


41.     Swimmers may be disqualified, thus losing points in any particular race by the referee or senior official for:


(a)   Failing to swim in accordance with the rules of breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly as defined by Swimming Queensland Association.

(b)   Breaking on the start as defined by the Swimming Queensland Association.



42.     Competitions may be arranged by the committee against other clubs or schools. Dates and times of these will be notified to members as they become available.



(a)     Selection for Events - For carnivals where the number of swimmers is limited the selection of swimmers to compete in carnival events is to be based on the fastest times for that event, except that where a swimmer cannot equal his/her best time for an event within the next two (2) consecutive club night swims in that stroke, that time will not be used.

(b)     The carnival selectors shall select the age groups for each home and away carnival from the following list (depending on the race age format of the club):


5 years & under            6 years                       7 years

8 years                          9 years                       10 years

11 years                        12 years                     13 years

14 years                        15 years                     15 years & over

16 years                        16 years & over          17 years

17 years & over            18 years & over          all age

(c)     Ages for Home Carnivals. All swimmers will be selected according to their age at the date of each home and away carnival.

(d)     Carnival Selectors. Decisions of the carnival selectors will be final and binding in every respect.


44.     Allocation of Points

Points will be allocated according to the table below for each of the four strokes regardless of the program at the carnival.


1ST    -   7 points                   4TH   -   3 points

2ND    -   5 points                   5TH   -   2 points

3RD    -   4 points                   6TH   -   1 point


Each swimmer can only gain points for his/her best swim in each stroke.


45.     Eligibility of Carnivals for Points.

Points will be allocated for those carnivals which cater to a lower age limit of 6 & under, and an upper age limit of 15 & over.



46.     Lifeguards will be provided at all competition swims. Competitors who are in trouble should support themselves on one of the lane ropes until help arrives.


47.     There must be absolute silence between the sounding of the referee's whistle and the starter's start command.


48.     Swimming apparel must be of a style and nature acceptable to the committee.


49.     The school grounds are strictly out of bounds unless otherwise notified.


50.     Every child must have an adult responsible for them, otherwise they will not be allowed into the pool enclosure.


51.     All swimmers must wear bathing caps whilst in the pool.

Updated 09/08/2021