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Swimming lessons and competitions - code of conduct


We recognise that parents and carers play a vital role in the effective provision of swimming lessons and we fully appreciate your commitment and support on the aqualearn programme.

Swimming lessons

As a parent or carer, you are expected to:

  • encourage your child to learn the pool rules and follow them
  • encourage your child to take responsibility for their own actions and behaviour
  • always ensure your child is dressed appropriately - girls in a one piece swim suit, boys in trunks/shorts (but not long shorts as they can drag)
  • always ensure your child is wearing no earrings, body piercings, rings, bracelets, necklaces or any other kind of jewellery to be worn while participating in a swimming lesson and that long hair is tied back or in a swim cap
  • let us know any issues about aqualearn using the Learn to swim Progress Request Form - please don't raise them with the lesson teachers
  • use appropriate language at all times
  • be supportive of your child as they learn to swim - each child will progress at a different rate so please don't punish them because you think they have not done well enough
  • help and support your child when they are learning to swim
  • respect the teacher's decisions about a child's progress - they base decisions on your child's ability to achieve the outcomes set by the Swim England
  • take responsibility for your child's welfare until the teacher has taken the class register at the start of the lesson
  • make sure your child arrives on time for their lesson, and always collect your child promptly at the end of a lesson
  • stay in the pool spectator area during the lesson if your child is 8 years or under and take them to the toilet if they need it
  • notify the centre of any change of address to ensure any letters we send out are received

Competitions

As a parent or spectator, you are expected to:

  • appreciate that people participate in sport for their enjoyment, not yours
  • encourage young people to participate but never force them
  • focus on and praise the effort and good performance displayed by all competitors, rather than the winning or losing
  • encourage young people to play according to the rules and to settle disagreements without resorting to arguments or violence
  • never ridicule anyone for making a mistake or losing a competition
  • respect coaches' and official's decisions and teach competitors to do the same
  • show appreciation to the coaches, officials and administrators for making the competition possible
  • behave responsibly and not be discriminatory, offensive or violent
  • be on time when dropping off and collecting your children
  • accept that there may be a charge to certain events

As a swimmer, you are expected to:

  • follow the rules
  • use suitable and adequate kit and be appropriately dressed - girls/women in a one piece swim suit, boys/men in trunks/shorts (but not long shorts as they can drag)
  • ensure you are wearing no earrings, body piercings, rings, bracelets, necklaces or any other kind of jewellery and that long hair is tied back or in a swim cap
  • let us know any issues about aqualearn using the Learn to swim Progress Request Form - please do
  • never argue with coaches or officials
  • behave responsibly and not be discriminatory, offensive or violent
  • treat other swimmers as you would like to be treated
  • participate for your own enjoyment and benefit, not to please others
  • respect your fellow participants and the staff, and treat any equipment and the building with care
  • be on time and be prepared for all activities
  • always take time to thank all those who help you take part in your chosen sport/activity
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03000 264 123/725
Our address is:
  • Culture and Sport
  • County Hall
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UL
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