Self Marshaling


All Swimming Gold Coast club level swim meets will be self-marshaling.

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Operation of Lane Chief:

The club will provide 1 x Lane Chief per lane of the competition pool

  1. The role of the Lane Chief will be to assemble swimmers within their lane and ensure the integrity of the order of the event and heat and swimmer name.  Lane Chief will ask “Swimmer, please let me know your full name.” The Lane Chief will compare the name given to the name listed in the program.
  2. If there is no swimmer for a particular heat in the lane assigned to the Lane Chief, yet a swimmer is noted in the program, the Lane Chief will mark the swimmer as a “DNR” (did not race) in the program for that heat in that lane.  No further action needs to be taken.
  3. Where the name of a swimmer does not match that listed in the program the Lane Chief will alert the closest Chief Timekeeper (1 or 2) of the issue and the Chief Timekeeper will alert the Referee.
  4. If a swimmer appears at a lane and has missed their heat it is the responsibility of the Lane Chief to make the swimmer aware to the Chief Timekeeper who will then alert the Referee of a missed swim.
  5. The Referee is responsible for all confirmations of  any changes required to the Control Room.
  6. Multiple swimmers may report to the lane at the same time and it is the responsibility of the Lane Chief to ensure the order of the swimmers matches the flow of the program events and heats.
  7. The Lane Chief will be differentiated by other officials/timekeepers at the end of the pool by a PINK coloured clipboard and a PINK coloured vest.
  8. The Lane Chief also assumes the role of the third timekeeper and is joined by 2 other timekeepers in their lane to ensure 3 times are obtained for a swimmer for qualification purposes.  The Lane Chief will not hold the manual stop watch.   One of the other timekeepers will assume the responsibility of the manual stop watch and writing the manual time on the program. Where the pool uses touchpads for timing, only one time keeper and one lane chief is required.
  9. Two programs of the event need to be allocated to each lane.  One for the recording by the Lane Chief and one for the 2 x timekeepers  recording the manual time.

Operation of Chief Timekeeper:

  1. The club will provide a Chief Timekeeper (2 x where the session contains 50mtre events).
  2. The Chief Timekeeper will report to the Referee any anomalies to the swimmer order against the flow of the program event and heats except in the case of a “DNR”.
  3. The Chief Timekeeper will await the direction of the Referee before any changes in resolving the anomaly.
  4. The Chief Timekeeper is responsible for the normal duties of a chief timekeeper together with the above.
  5. The Chief Timekeeper will ensure the education of timekeepers and ensure no changeover of timekeepers during heat swims.  Changeovers of timekeepers are only to occur at the end of sessions or change of events as scheduled in the program.
  6. The Chief Timekeeper will be differentiated by other officials/timekeepers at the end of the pool by a ORANGE coloured clipboard and a ORANGE coloured vest.

Positive Check-In:

  1. Positive Check-In is the responsibility of the swimmer prior to the beginning of each session.
  2. Should an an announcement calling for swimmer Positive Check-In be made it is the swimmers responsibility to follow the announced procedure for the Positive Check In process.
  3. An online Positive Check In system has been sourced by the region to streamline the process. is a US company providing a real time check-in system for many sporting organisations globally. Swimmers are able to register in now in preparation for our first self marshalling event in 2020. The region will be in contact with host clubs to organise their initial subscription.


  1. At the start of a new event the starter will announce the “Event Number and Name” and then proceed to announce the “Heat Number” prior to the start of each heat in that event.
  2. While the swimmers are in the water the Announcer will announce the event and heat that is currently swimming and announce what event/heat should be on pool deck.