As Swinton ASC are affiliated to Swim England, we are expected to conduct our activities within the rules of the Association. These rules include the Swim England Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics and an Equity Policy. The club follows the following ‘Code of Conduct’ which we ask our members to follow. We would ask you therefore to read each category carefully so you know what is expected of you as a member of our club. The Code is available to all members.

Code of Conduct for all Swimmers

  • Treat all swimmers as you would like to be treated – bullying will not be tolerated at any time
  • Treat the pool and equipment with respect and do the same when visiting other pools
  • Swimmers are required to try their best and pay attention at all times. It is the responsibility of all swimmers and parents that the club is informed of any medication taken by the swimmer
  • All swimmers should be on time for their sessions and on poolside for warm up as directed by the coach
  • Jewellery must not be worn during swimming training
  • Swimmers with long hair must wear a swimming hat
  • Help us keep the pool fresh – a shower must be taken before entering the pool
  • Swimmers are not allowed to run on the poolside
  • Swimmers are required to try their best and pay attention at all times
  • Obey any instructions given by the poolside staff
  • Swimmers must not enter the water until the coach tells them to do so
  • Get changed quickly and quietly before and after each session
  • Have respect for the coaches and pool staff, and receive respect from them in return
  • The use of bad language is strictly forbidden
  • Unruly behaviour will not be tolerated either in the pool, on poolside, in the changing rooms or outside the pool area, where it may interfere with other leisure centre users
  • Swimmers must not interfere with other swimmers’ bags, clothing or equipment
  • Photographic equipment, including camera phones, must not be used anywhere in the changing rooms or poolside areas
  • Members who are selected to swim in galas are a team and shall act and behave as a team, wearing club uniform including costumes and hats
  • Treat other competitors and teams with respect, whether you win or lose. There is to be no booing. This is not acceptable.

Code of Conduct for Parents

  • Complete and return the Membership form which includes health declaration form.  Ensure the club has up to date contact details for you or any alternative person
  • Deliver and collect your child punctually to any swimming session
  • Ensure your child is properly and adequately attired and prepared for training sessions, including all required equipment:
    • Hats, goggles, and correct swimwear.
    • Boy’s holidays shorts are not suitable for swimming as they can restrict progress. Trunks or knee length jammers are more appropriate.
    • Swimmers with long hair should wear swim hats.
  •  Encourage your child to obey rules and teach them that they can only do their best.
  • Behave responsibly as a spectator at training/meets and treat swimmers, coaches, committee members and parents of yours and other clubs with due respect, meeting the Swim England commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Ensure you do not use inappropriate language within the club environment.
  • Show appreciation and support your child and all team members.
  • Do not enter poolside unless requested to do so or in an emergency. If you wish to have a discussion with the coach, do so at the end of the training session.
  • Most of all, help your child enjoy the sport and achieve the best of their ability.

The Club will:

  • Inform you at once if your child is ill and ensure their well being until they are able to be collected
  • Ensure good child protection guidelines are followed at all times to keep your child safe
  • Ensure all activities are properly supervised/taught/coached and consent is obtained for any activity outside of that previously agreed