Meet Information for Level 4 to be introduced from September 2021

on Sunday, 15 August 2021.


Level 4 Meet Information

Prior to COVID, all competitive aquatic meets held in the District and throughout Scotland, involving members from two or more clubs, were required to be licensed by the Scottish Swimming.

This was required by Scottish Swimming Governance to allow for the monitoring of competition and to ensure compliance with necessary rules and regulations.

During Lockdown a comprehensive Competition Review took place, and a number of recommendations were made, including the development and introduction of a Competition Framework and some development of the existing Calendar Planning process.

The Competition Review also recommended that barriers created by governance should be reduced or removed for competition where strict regulation is not necessary.  This does not affect responsibilities for the competition organisers or Scottish Swimming for Health and Safety.

Acting on these recommendations, Level 4 competition will be introduced from September 2021. 

Level 4 competition will not require a licence to be issued, nor will Level 4 competition be subject to any Calendar Planning regulations, however ALL Level 4 competition must be registered with the District prior to the event taking place.

What types of meets should be registered as Level 4 competition?

Only competitions that involve more than one club must be licensed or registered, and it is for the host club’s responsibility to decide which of these is most appropriate.

Level 4 competition is intended to provide clubs with an unregulated opportunity to run short sessions of low-level competition between a small number of clubs (maximum of 4) for those swimmers and occasions when the times achieved are less important than the racing. 

Level 4 competition may not be suitable for the needs of all swimmers and is not a replacement for licensing.

Level 1, 2 & 3 licencing will still be available if set criteria are met.

Key benefits of Level 4 competition include the flexibility and inclusivity that is afforded by short term planning, low level officiating and the opportunity to race outside of the constraints of National or District Calendars.

For a competition to be registered as a Level 4 Meet, it must satisfy the following:

  • Maximum of four clubs taking part
  • A single session for two hours maximum

Restrictions on any times that are recorded at a Level 4 Meet are as follows:

  • Times cannot be used for entry into National Events
  • Times may only be used for District Events at the discretion of the District

If your competition does not satisfy the conditions above and/or any times achieved would be needed for entry into National or District Events, then you must apply for a competition licence.

How do I register?

Level 4 competition must be registered prior to the meet taking place.  To register your Level 4 competition please complete the form by following the link below:





What happens if I run a meet and dont register it?

The Registration Form is very simple and takes less than 5 minutes to complete so is not an onerous task.

It supports the District and Scottish Swimming in collecting information about what competition is taking place which will inform future calendar planning.

If you do run a competitive aquatic meet in the District, involving members from two or more clubs which is neither licensed nor registered with us you will be operating outside Scottish Swimming governance which may invalidate your insurance.

What happens after the competition?

Your meet will be placed in a list of Registered Competition that will be held by the District.

You may be contacted by the District Licensing Application co-ordinator after the meet to ask about the competition. No formal report, set of results or lists of technical officials will be required.

If you have any questions about registration or licensing, please contact 

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