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What to Bring to a Swim Meet

What to bring?
• TEAM SUIT: Bring your swimmer’s competition suit and, if possible, a spare (they do fall part sometimes!)
• TEAM CAP: Bring a club swim cap plus an extra (they tear easy and are easily misplaced!). Coaches usally bring extras.
• GOGGLES: Bring two pair! (straps break). Have your child “break in” a new pair of goggles in the warm-up pool prior to an event to make sure they are adjusted properly! Prior to an event, make sure the goggles fit snugly or they will end up around your swimmer’s neck!
• DECK SANDALS: Make sure your swimmer wears deck sandals for protection!
• TOWELS: Bring one towel per event plus two extra (for warm-up and showers after the meet). During warm weather, you can probably skip the extra towels.
• WARM CLOTHING: Pack your swimmer’s bags with a pair of sweat pants/shirts, socks. Pack a few t-shirts to protect their skin from the sun.
• SUNSCREEN: If at an outdoor pool or swimmers are camped outside, apply waterproof sunscreen BEFORE your child suits up. Sunscreen needs time to penetrate and get to work.
• WATER: Especially when the weather is hot, make sure your swimmer has plenty of water bottles and/or Gatorade. Even though they are immersed in water, swimmers dehydrate easily!
• FOOD: Cooler for food. Bring plenty of nutritious snacks: snack bars, yogurt, bannanas and other fruit, jerky, power bars, granola etc. (nothing heavy) in ziplock bags, etc.
• INHALERS: If your child is asthmatic, this is the most important thing they own. Different environments have different triggers that can set of an attack. Be sure to tell the coach(es) if your child has asthma!
• MISCELLANEOUS: Swim shampoo/conditioner, hairbrush, comb, toiletries, deck of cards, board games, reading material, crosswords, etc.

Other necessary items:
• Blankets and tarps (especially if you’re setting up camp on a damp lawn)
• Tents and/or an EZ-up (during the summer, it’s very important to keep swimmers out of the sun, chill and rain. Not all Region E meets are swimmers camped outside, usually Innisfail, Hanna and Canmore)
• Sleeping bags are a good way to keep bodies warm in-between events.
• Lawn chairs (parents need to be comfortable, too!)

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