Technical Bulletin

Steering Committee

Martin Girard, Meet Director

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Emmanuel de Chancenotte, Risk Management Coordinator

Carole Thomas, Referee of the meet

Michel Arnold, Officials Manager

Anne Girard, Co-Registrar

Monica Dunn, Co-Registrar

Technical Meeting

A technical meeting for coaches or team representatives takes place at 8:30 on the pool deck in front of the Clerk of Course table.

Event Details

Each athlete will have the official program available online, alongside his or her assigned heat(s) and lane(s) for all individual events.

Typical day for the athletes – specific conduct – protocol COVID-19

  • The athlete arrives at the pool entrance to register. The right hand will be stamped if the proper COVIDE-19 conditions are met. Throughout the day, he could get a re-stamp at the Clerk of Course desk if need to.
  • The athlete will then go to the locker rooms to change.
  • Once ready, the athlete has 2 options: either head for a maximum 20 minutes warm-up, if his team’s session is in effect. Otherwise, he will need to go to the stands, where he will be able to meet his teammates, or other ‘unattached’ swimmers.
  • The athlete will hang out in the stands throughout the competition, except when he must head to the pool for an event or cool-down.
  • The athlete must make sure to head in the activation zone #3 (the third heat from start), then will migrate into zone #2, and finally zone #1, where he will be putting his personal effects in his bag and then head to the start block, upon the Referee signal.
  • The athlete wears his masks at all times, but in the water.
  • The athlete does not errand or hang out on the pool deck, but rather returns quickly to the locker rooms or the stands at all times.

Access to the pool

The stamp from your morning registration will be required at all times to gain access to the pool. It will be verified by a volunteer from the Risk Management team, who will be posted at the entrance of the locker rooms on the pool side. All swimmers are asked to enter and leave the pool area only through the locker room throughout the duration of the meet.

Lockers and security

Athletes must use the lockers reserved for their use. Locks may not be left on lockers once the meet is over, otherwise they will be cut off and the locker’s contents sent to lost and found. We recommend that you do not leave valuables in the lockers. We are not responsible for lost or stolen articles.

Food and beverages

Some fruit and pastries will be available for the athletes. Vending machines are available on site. A number of restaurants are also located nearby on Fleury Street, north of the sports complex. Breakfast and lunch will be served to volunteers and officials in the designated rest area.


As a courtesy, coaches are asked to advise the Clerk of Course as soon as possible of any scratches involving his or her athletes and relay teams.


The competition will take place in one 25m, 10-lane pool with an electronic timing system, complete with touch pads and alphanumerical scoreboards. Splash Meet Manager software will be used to manage the meet. The secondary pool will serve as a warm-up and warm-down pool during the whole duration of the meet.

Sanction and Regulations

The competition will be sanctioned by the Fédération de natation du Québec (36140). The Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) regulations, the rules for master swimmers from Swimming Canada, and the FNQ regulation on pool security (available in French only, our apologies) as well as the FNQ warm-up safety procedures, will be in effect during the competition.

Starts will be performed from the starting blocks according to the rules FINA FR 2.3 and SW 4.1.

Bathing caps are recommended. Individual races and relays will be swum as timed finals, from slowest to fastest, regardless of age or sex – except for event 14, which will be swum from fastest to slowest. Swim lanes will be seeded according to submitted entry times. Heat lists for relays will be published as soon as they are ready. These lists will be posted on the wall in the shallow end; coaches and team representatives can obtain copies at the Clerk of Course’s table.

With the exception of the backstroke events, we ask swimmers to remain in the water at the end of their event and to exit from the sides of the pool after the start of the following heat. An athlete who does not show up for the start of an event will be excluded from that event only; he or she will not be allowed to make up the event unless an error has been committed by an official.


All swimmers must be affiliated with the FNQ or with a swimming federation recognized by FINA and be at least 18 years of age by November 13, 2021. Swimmers who are not affiliated with the FNQ (i.e., swimmers from outside the province of Quebec) must be covered by their federation’s accident insurance or a private insurance policy. In the latter case, they will have to show a certificate of proof at registration.


Relay team members must belong to the same club and be duly registered in the competition. Relay teams with athletes from different clubs are not allowed to compete unless they get special approval from the meet manager. In that case, they will compete in the ‘exhibition’ category and times from swimmers will not be recognized. Relay teams can be male, female, or mixed. Mixed relay teams are made up of two women and two men who may swim in any order. Relay cards must be submitted to the clerk of course by the end of event 2 (50 m butterfly) for event 7 (4 x 50 m freestyle relay), and by the end of event 4 (50 m freestyle) for event 8 (4 x 50 m IM relay). No swimmer may be a member of more than one team per relay event.

Age Categories

Age categories will be determined by the age swimmers will be on December 31, 2021. Age groups for individual events will cover 5-year periods with the exception of the youngest group, which ranges from 18 to 24.

The age group for a relay team is determined by totaling the ages in whole years of all 4 team members as of December 31, 2017. Age groups for relays will cover periods of 40 years with the exception of the first two groups, which range from 72 to 99 years, and from 100 to 119 years, respectively.

Individual events:

18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, etc.

Relay events (total age of four members):

72-99, 100-119, 120-159, 160-199, 200-239, 240-279, etc.

Quebec Cup

The cumulative points for each teams for the first round of the master swimmers Quebec Cup will be held by the Fédération de natation du Québec (FNQ). The winning teams, for the overall rounds of the Quebec Cup will be awarded at the Gala des Maîtres-nageurs du Québec.

Warm-up / warm-down

Two warm-up periods have been planned on the day of the meet. If necessary, a schedule for the official warm-up periods will be established for participating teams. The FNQ regulation on pool security (available in French only, our apologies) as well as the FNQ warm-up safety procedures will be in effect during the meet. No jumping or diving will be allowed during the warm-up, except in designated lanes. Swimmers must enter the pool gently with one hand on the pool edge or bulkhead at all times.
Any infractions of these regulations may be subject to sanctions. Coaches are responsible for supervising their athletes throughout the warm-ups. Diving will not be permitted throughout the warm-up period. The south part of the pool will also be available at all times during the meet, unless the maximum capacity of the pool has been reached. Details will be given at the technical meeting.


Awards for La Coupe de Montréal will be given out on Saturday evening or sent by mail. The team with the most points will win the Coupe de Montréal des maîtres nageurs (certificate in lieu of trophy). In addition, awards of distinction will be given in the following categories: team of six or more that has accumulated the greatest number of points per swimmer; male swimmer with the most points; female swimmer with the most points.


Individual Events

1st place: 7 points; 2nd: 5 pts; 3rd: 4 pts; 4th: 3 pts; 5th: 2 pts; 6th: 1 pt.

Relay Events (only for La Coupe de Montréal)

1st place: 14 points; 2nd: 10 pts; 3rd: 8 pts; 4th: 6 pts; 5th: 4 pts; 6th: 2 pts.


Results will be posted on the À Contre-Courant website as well as on the Swimming Canada results site no later than 8 days after the meet. Also, a delayed broadcasting of the results will be available on the application SplashMe, which you can download from the AppStore or PlayStore.

Record attempts

If you believe you may break a record during one of your events, let the Clerk of Course know in advance. All national and provincial records will be verified for all events.

Warm-up/ Warm-down procedures

Warm-up – specific conduct – protocol COVID-19

With respect to sanitary measures, the warm-up sessions in the program will be divided in 2 periods for both pools. Each teams has a specific window period within each warm-up session. Each period will be of 20 minutes each. Furthermore, to comply with the maximum number of 8 swimmer per lane (and of 24 swimmer per zone), each pool is divived in 3 zones.

Team assignments VS period, zones and pools
South pool North pool
Zone A Zone B Zone C Zone D Zone E Zone F
Period 1: 8h00 à 8h20 (morning) or first 20 minutes of the afternoon warm-up
Period 2: 8h30 à 8h50 (morning) or last 20 minutes of the afternoon warm-up

Relays – specific conduct – protocol COVID-19

Each athletes will have to tag along close with their relay teams. Only the activation zones 1 et 3 will be available during the relay, to insure proper physical distancing. Relays will be seeded on 8 lanes only (so 32 athletes in start zone, 32 athletes in activation zones #1 and #3).