Coaches and Poolside Staff
Code of Behaviour
As a member of the coaching or poolside staff you must meet the following
requirements in regard to your conduct during any activity held or
sanctioned by the club:
1. Be conscious of always presenting a professional appearance on the
poolside and be conscious of the example this sets to the swimmers and the
image this presents of the club.
2. Alcohol and smoking is unacceptable when in charge of or responsible
for the welfare of swimmers.
3. When dealing with persons under 18 years of age, avoid unaccompanied
and unobserved activities with such persons and demonstrate a high degree of
individual responsibility as your words and actions are an example.
Relationship With Swimmers:
1. Treat all swimmers fairly within the context of their sporting
activities, regardless of gender, race, place of origin, athletic potential,
colour, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, socio-economic
status and other conditions.
2. Provide feedback to swimmers and other participants in a manner
sensitive to their needs. Avoid overly negative feedback. Avoid excessive
verbal targeting, shouting or exercise used as punishment.
3. Where possible, involve the swimmers in decisions that affect them.
4. Be aware of the power that you as a coach develop with your swimmers in
the coaching relation ship and avoid any intimacy with swimmers that could
be construed as compromising.
1. When dealing with young swimmers, at all
times be conscious of and fully embrace the concepts for “Long Term Athletic
2. Ensure that the tasks and/or training set
are suitable for age, experience, ability, and physical and psychological
conditions of the swimmers.
3. Encourage swimmers to respect one another
and to expect respect for their worth as individuals regardless of their
level of play.
4. Encourage and facilitate swimmers
independence and responsibility for their own behaviour, performance,
decisions and actions.
5. Recognise swimmers rights to consult with
other coaches and experts in the field.