Need "Light-Flash" starting gun for deaf swimmer

Need "Light-Flash" starting gun for deaf swimmer

Post by Dale Murph » Fri, 08 Oct 1993 03:11:48


Hello,
I am looking for a device which may not even exist.  I have a deaf
student who is on the school's swim team and also trains at the local
community college.  She is an excellent swimmer and we are trying to help
her improve her time.  
Is there any type of "flash gun" or light we can obtain.  
She now has to watch the other swimmers start before she can start.
ANY info will be appreciated.  
Thanks,
Murph
 
 
 

Need "Light-Flash" starting gun for deaf swimmer

Post by Darrow Lind » Fri, 08 Oct 1993 04:45:43


Quote:
>Hello,
>I am looking for a device which may not even exist.  I have a deaf
>student who is on the school's swim team and also trains at the local
>community college.  She is an excellent swimmer and we are trying to help
>her improve her time.
>Is there any type of "flash gun" or light we can obtain.
>She now has to watch the other swimmers start before she can start.
>ANY info will be appreciated.

I don't have any information on the specifics (where to get them, cost, etc.)
but I do know such a starting gun exists.  All through high school, on my
private swim club, and through college, nearly every race was started with
these "flashes".  So they do DEFINITELY exists, it's just a matter of finding
them.

-D

 
 
 

Need "Light-Flash" starting gun for deaf swimmer

Post by S. I. Altchul » Fri, 08 Oct 1993 07:21:25


Quote:

>I don't have any information on the specifics (where to get them, cost, etc.)
>but I do know such a starting gun exists.  All through high school, on my
>private swim club, and through college, nearly every race was started with
>these "flashes".  So they do DEFINITELY exists, it's just a matter of finding
>them.

>-D

I know Colorado timing systems include strobe lights--back-up timers should be instructed
to start their watches from these rather than the (delayed) sound from the gun.  I'm
not aware off-hand of any manufacturer who makes just a gun/light combo (e.g., for practice),
but any electronics type out to be able to rig up such a device with a buzzer and a strobe.  I'd
check with the college's electronics shop.

As to whether it's legal for someone to tap the swimmer for her/him to start.  USS regs
basically give the referee freedom to make whatever accomodations are necessary.  I've
been at meets where the swimmer was tapped to start, and others where the strobe light
was repositioned for the swimmer to see to start.

--SIA

 
 
 

Need "Light-Flash" starting gun for deaf swimmer

Post by Cynthia Hertz » Fri, 08 Oct 1993 05:56:59

I've seen deaf swimmers start from a gun. They have
another person stand near their block and tap their
leg as the gun goes off. I don't know how you handle
false starts, espcially in those cases when it is
not the swimmer's fault. Is this even legal nowadays?

Cindy Hertzer

 
 
 

Need "Light-Flash" starting gun for deaf swimmer

Post by Jason Dic » Sat, 09 Oct 1993 04:10:32

Quote:

>Hello,
>I am looking for a device which may not even exist.  I have a deaf
>student who is on the school's swim team and also trains at the local
>community college.  She is an excellent swimmer and we are trying to help
>her improve her time.  
>Is there any type of "flash gun" or light we can obtain.  
>She now has to watch the other swimmers start before she can start.
>ANY info will be appreciated.  
>Thanks,
>Murph

From my experience all of the major timing systems have available a strobe
light option for the starter.  I know that Colorado Timing has such a device as
well as Omega.  So you might start there or ask around at some local swim
clubs for other products.

Jason

 
 
 

Need "Light-Flash" starting gun for deaf swimmer

Post by christopher burro » Sun, 10 Oct 1993 00:23:17

You can buy, at least from Colorado, just the starting unit, which has
a strobe start and a loudspeaker system. I worked once at a club that
owned the starting unit and _one_ touch pad (no timing system) so that
the team wouldn't be at a disadvantage at league championships, where
Colorado Timing was used. Go figure...