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Frequently Asked Questions


An official guide for athletes for the Arena European Masters Championships can be found by clicking HERE


When are the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016?

The Arena LEN European Masters Championships will begin on Wednesday May 25 2016 and conclude on Sunday May 29 2016.

What events are being held at the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016?

Swimming, diving and synchronised swimming will all take place. There is no water polo or open water.

Where are the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016 being held?

The London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will act as the venue.

Who can compete in the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016?

The Championships are open to anyone over the age of 25 by December 31 2016 who is a member of a club which is registered with a national federation affiliated to LEN.

What are the age categories for events?

The age categories can be found in the LEN European Masters Rules which can be found HERE.

Do I have to be European to compete at the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016?

No, but you must be have been under the jurisdiction of a European club for at least twelve (12) months prior to the competition.

I am not a member of a club but still want to compete at the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016. Can I?

Competitors shall be eligible for a club either affiliated to a Member Federation or affiliated to a Federation registered by LEN.

How can I enter the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016?

Entries for the London 2016 Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016 are now CLOSED.


Can I withdraw?

The deadline to withdraw has passed. Athletes are no longer able to withdraw from the Championships and receive a refund. 

When will I get any refund due?

LEN have now provided the LOC with information on refunds to be made. The LOC are no working through this with PayPal and we ask for your patience as this will  take several weeks to complete. Be assured that everyone who has withdrawn or reduced events will receive their refund before the European Masters Championships start on May 25.

I need to change my entry time?

You are no longer able to make changes to your entry times.


What are the standard times for swimming?

The standard times for swimming are available to view HERE.

What happens if I can’t adhere to the standard times for swimming?

In order to make it fair for all athletes and to ensure the event runs to plan, you must be able to complete any event within the standard time. Failure to complete the event within the standard time may result in the referee preventing you from completing the event. All competitors who complete an event in a time greater than the standard time will have no time recorded in the official results.

Are there qualifying standards for diving or synchronised swimming?

No, there are no qualifying standards for diving or synchronised swimming.

Will I be allowed to train in the venue before the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016 begin?

The venue will be available for training on May 23 and 24. Exact opening times can be found in the athlete guide which is available HERE.

What time do events start at the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016?

The start times are available at the different discipline schedules. Swimming competition will start at 07:30 each day and the schedule is available HERE. Diving competition will start at 08:00 and the schedule is available HERE. Synchronised swimming competition start times vary and are available on the schedule HERE.

Can I swim in the same heat as a member of family/friend etc?

Competitors will be seeded according to the submitted entry times, beginning with the oldest age group first and within an age group the slower heats first.

In 400m and 800m races competitors will be deck seeded. The seeding shall be by time only and not by age-group.

I can no longer participate in the Arena LEN European Masters Championships 2016 can someone else use my entry?

No, entries are not transferable; the only exception is for relays where an athlete may be replaced prior to 1800 hrs the day before the event is scheduled.

Which pool am I going to be swimming in?

The updated swimming schedule is available HERE.

Is the competition schedule going to change?

The competition schedule of the Championships will not be changing. The London Aquatics Centre will open at 06:30 each day and the venue will close at 30 minutes after the last event of the day finishes.

Will warm-up facilities be provided at the Championships?

Warm-up facilities are being provided at the Championships. Please refer to the update masters schedule HERE for when warm-ups are scheduled for each discipline. While you will be able to warm up within the London Aquatics Centre, due to the increased demand to participate in the Championships, please come prepared to supplement this by warming up elsewhere.

Where is the nearest other swimming pool to the London Aquatics Centre?

Information about other swimming pools close to the London Aquatics Centre can be found HERE by typing the postcode E20 2AQ.


What happens if I enter but my federation doesn’t verify my eligibility?

In line with LEN rules entries are non-refundable. It is the responsibility of the individual to ensure that they are eligible to compete under the LEN rules.

I need a visa. What do I do?

For those that require a visa to enter the United Kingdom please be advised that it may take up to 3 months to receive this. Further information on visa requirements can be found HERE.

Are coach passes available for the Championships?

LEN regulation MA-G 3.1 identifies those personnel entitled to accreditation and as such coaches will not receive any accreditation.

When are spectator tickets going to be made available?

Seating capacity at the London Aquatics Centre is extremely limited and as a result spectators allowed will be very limited in number. The priority is to ensure that athletes entered in the Championships can be accommodated safely and securely in the venue. Further information regarding spectator access is available HERE.

How can I watch family or friends if they are racing in Pool Two?

The LOC have confirmed to LEN that they shall retain the video board used in the elite Championships which shall show (via fixed cameras) the racing taking place in Pool Two. The LOC is also exploring other solutions to show the event at locations on or near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park along with catering provision. Further information on this will be made available soon.

What facilities exist in the London Aquatics Centre?

The London Aquatics Centre has changed considerably since hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games. It has two 50m pools, with starting blocks at both ends and full electronic timing capabilities. One pool has 10 lanes and is 3m deep, the other is 8 lanes and 2m deep. There are separate  changing facilities for both pools already in place, in addition overlay which is being installed for the elite Championships shall be retained for the Masters Championships in order to accommodate the increased entries. The seating capacity at the venue is 2,800 covering one 50m pool and the diving pool (note a curtain will be installed from the roof to create a separate performance space for the diving and synchronised swimming).

I am finding it expensive to find accommodation where can I look?

The LOC has managed to secure preferential rates at selected hotels, there is a limit to the length of time the LOC can hold these rooms. Click HERE to visit the accommodation booking site provided by the LOC supplier.

How do I get to the London Aquatics Centre?

Visitors getting around London: https://tfl.gov.uk/travel-information/visiting-london/getting-around-london

Planned works on the London Underground: https://tfl.gov.uk/forms/12392.aspx

National Rail works: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/service_disruptions/indicator.aspx

Bus maps: https://tfl.gov.uk/maps/bus or to search for localised ones with more details https://tfl.gov.uk/maps_/bus-spider-maps

Stratford Night buses (found under borough of Newham and pdf attached):https://tfl.gov.uk/maps_/bus-spider-maps?Query=Newham

Stratford Station information: https://tfl.gov.uk/hub/stop/HUBSRA/stratford

Journey Planner: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/

Is there parking available at the London Aquatics Centre?

There will be no parking facilities at the venue during the Championships (with the exception of Blue Badge holder). Public transport should be utilised to travel to and from the venue. Stratford is very a well served station.

How do I get into masters aquatics?

Please visit www.swimming.org/masters/

How can I keep up to date with the latest LEN European Masters Championships 2016 news?

Information and updates will be posted online as well as across our official Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Where do I find more rules and regulations information?

The rules can be found HERE.

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