Water Festival 2019

2019 Water Festival

The 9th annual Birmingham SAG Water Festival will be held at Walsall Gala Baths on the morning of Sunday 13th October . A 30 minute pre-gala warm-up will start around 09:15 to enable swimmers to get used to the pool.  The estimated finish time is 1:30pm.

All entries to be sent in no later than 24th September 2019.


The Format

The format of the gala is like an unlicensed Open Meet and is intended for developing swimmers aged 8, 9 and 10 years who have little or no competitive experience (i.e. they have NOT competed in an Open Meet or swum in Diddy galas). There are cut-off times to ensure that this gala is fair for all swimmers. ANY 8 year old may enter, but 9 and 10 year olds will receive speeding tickets if they achieve a time that is ‘too fast’. Swimmers will be seeded into heats on the basis of their submitted entry times. Prizes will be awarded to the first three places in each event. These will be awarded to the three swimmers with the fastest times in the heats – there will be no finals. Swims are charged at £5 per event, up to a maximum of £10 per swimmer. We try to keep the costs for this event down as much as we possibly can.

The promoter’s conditions and programme are below on this page. We are keen that the event  is fully subscribed and provides the young swimmers with a positive experience of a gala so that they are keen to develop their aquatic skills further.

New for this year – sports system .sef file for the clubs – clubs please email mandy.blizard@btinternet.com to request the file

Useful Documents

Results from previous Water Festivals can be found here.

  • Prices remain £5 per swim, max £10 per swimmer due to pool prices
  • Door entry for spectators £3
  • SRS Swimshop
  • Photographer – Kevin Butcher
  • Officials – more qualified officials attending (parents who don’t have swimmers)
  • Young Volunteers – reach out to clubs to officiate and marshal
  • Volunteers – all clubs have to bring a minimum of 6 volunteers