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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.

Our leisure centres have reopened. Gyms and fitness classes will be available at first and you must pre-book your visit. See Leisure centres re-opening information for full details.

Most of our swimming pools reopened on Monday 10 August but we are still looking at how we can safely restart swimming lessons. See Swimming pools re-opening information for full details.

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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