You must follow the points stated in the code of conduct as described below:

  • Be familiar with and follow the required procedures in the Code of Ethicsthis document, Swim Ireland rules and Regional and Club rules.
  • Carry out your duties and responsibilities understanding that the welfare of children is paramount.
  • Where relevant you should be qualified for your position and have obtained up-to-date knowledge and skills as required by Swim Ireland
1 Planning and preparing appropriately and be positive during sessions
2 Making sure all levels of participation should be enjoyable and fun
3 Prioritising skill development and personal satisfaction over highly structured competition
4 Setting age appropriate and realistic goals
5 Avoiding favouritism – each child will need attention according to their sporting needs
6 Praising and encouraging effort as well as results
7 Showing respect for all involved, children and adults
1 Keeping attendance records
2 Not exposing a child to criticism, hostility or sarcasm
3 Never swearing at, ridiculing, shouting unnecessarily or arguing with a child
4 Being aware of a child’s developmental needs and how a child may be psychologically or physically affected (if relevant for your role)
5 Working in an open environment
6 Ensuring there is adequate supervision
7 Involving and updating parents, especially if a problem has arisen
8 Respecting a child’s sensitivity to their height and weight
9 Never using physical punishment or force
10 Not using verbal or physical punishments or exclusion for mistakes
  • Do not allow or engage in bullying behaviour, rough physical games, sexually provocative games, never allow or engage in inappropriate physical contact of any kind or make sexually suggestive comments about or to a child.
  • Co-operate with the recommendations from medical and ancillary practitioners in the management of a child’s medical or related problems.
    You may request a certificate of medical fitness to ensure safe continued participation.
  • Avoid carrying out any medical testing or giving advice of a personal or medical nature if not qualified to do so or undertake any form of therapy (hypnosis etc.)
    in the training of children.  Any such activity, if qualified, must only be with parent/guardian consent and the understanding of the child. Keep any information in relation to a swimmer of a personal or medical nature strictly confidential unless the welfare of the child requires the passing on of this information.
  • Never exert undue influence over a participant in order to obtain personal benefit or reward. Acknowledge the use of drugs, alcohol and tobacco is incompatible
    with a healthy approach to sporting activity and must be discouraged. Avoid the use of alcohol at all times whilst responsible for young people
    e.g. training sessions, events and on trips with young people.

“The Code for Coaches/Leaders” has been taken from the Swim Ireland Safegaurding Children Policies and Procedures 2010: Codes of Conduct document.

You must follow the points stated in the code of conduct as described below:
  • You should help and support the implementation of best practise policies in your child’s/children’s Club by following the code below.
  • Become members of the Club and contribute your time and effort in the daily running of the Club; no club can operate successfully and safely without the help of volunteers
  • Understand and ensure your child/children abide by The Code for Young People
  • Be available for specified duties if and when required; some duties are mandatory and form part of the procedures for safeguarding your children; some will be at the request of the Club.
  • Have an awareness of and respect for Leaders and other adults and their roles within the Club
  • Respect and abide by the decisions made by the Committee and other Leaders, these should be made in the best interests of the children in the Club
  • Understand the complaints process and follow the proper procedure if you feel unjustly treated, with the knowledge that any complaint will be dealt with effectively and confidentially
  • Know your child’s training and/or competitive programme, and accept it is your responsibility for delivering and collecting your child/children. Parents/guardians should ensure they do not leave their child/children waiting unsupervised at any time
  • Ensure the environment is safe and enjoyable for your child/children
  • Promote fair play and the positive aspects of sport
  • Be a role model for your children and young people by maintaining the highest standards of personal conduct and respectful behaviour in any activity related to the Club or Swim Ireland.
  • Allow your child to focus their efforts and success in terms of their goals rather than winning being the main objective
  • Promote participation for children that is fun, safe and in the spirit of fair play
  • Ensure appropriate leaders are informed regarding any absenteeism, medical conditions or other relevant matters concerning your child
  • Arrange an appropriate time and place for discussing any matter with leaders and coaches; communication should not take place whilst leaders and coaches are in a position of supervision or responsible for other young people
  • You should have the opportunity to put forward suggestions and comments
  • Provide the Club and your child with emergency contact information and to be reasonably available in case of emergency
  • Abide by the procedures and policies in this document especially with regard to the use of mobile phones, any type of camera and videoing equipment.
  • Be aware and abide by the Code of Ethics, this document, the rules and constitution of Swim Ireland and the rules and constitution of your own Club


“The Code for Young Parents/Guardians” has been taken from the Swim Ireland Safegaurding Children Policies and Procedures 2010: Codes of Conduct document.

You must follow the points stated in the code of conduct as described below:
  • As an athlete you have rights and responsibilities. The following code will help identify these for you – if you are not sure ask your parent or your Club Children’s Officer to explain them.
  • This is your Code, whatever your ability or wherever you take part and you should encourage others to follow it.


  • Be happy, have fun and enjoy taking part and being involved in your sport
  • Be treated fairly by everyone, adults and other athletes
  • Feel safe and secure when you are taking part in your sport
  • Be listened to and allowed to reply
    Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect
  • Have a voice in the decisions that affect you within the Club and Swim Ireland
  • Say no to something which makes you feel uncomfortable
  • Train and compete at a level that is suitable for your age, development and ability
  • Know that any details that are about you are treated with confidentiality


  • Treat Leaders who may be teachers, coaches, team managers, officials or other parents with respect
  • Be fair at all times, do your best to achieve your goals; be gracious if you do not achieved your goals
  • Respect other athletes and your opponents
You must follow the points stated in the code of conduct as described below:
  • Be familiar with the Code of Ethicsthis document, Swim Ireland Rules and any Regional and/or Club rules.
  • Within a Club ensure and approve the appointments of Club Children’s Officers (non-committee) and a Designated Person (on committee).
  • Carry out your required duties for Swim Ireland, Region or Club understanding that the welfare of children is paramount.
  • Follow the Swim Ireland policies and procedures so that all activities are in accordance with this document:
 1 Create safe environment for young people
 Ensure the codes of conduct are in place for all involved
Provide adequate supervision for training sessions with attendance record being kept
Recruit volunteers/employees including vetting and training is completed
Understand and implement the complaints and disciplinary procedures
 Ensure safe induction and supervision of volunteers/employees
Ensure other activities follow procedures e.g. away trips
 All required procedures contained in this document are adopted


1 Recording all incidents
2 Reporting the incident/accident or injury
3 Informing the parent or guardian (if child involved)


  • Keep and store securely all documentation with respect to meetings, correspondence and minutes of committee meetings together with General Meetings, including the Treasurers report.
  • Set up, maintain, revise and implement rules in the best interests of Swim Ireland, the Region or Club. Rules should not contravene any Swim Ireland rules and must be communicated to the relevant members.
  • Ensure effective communications with members through recognised means e.g. e-mail, web posting, use of noticeboards, etc.
  • Inform parents/guardians in advance and obtain consent for children to be involved in events outside the normal activities within the aquatic disciplines e.g. fun day out, fundraising.
  • Inform parents/guardians where a matter or problem arises relating to their child.
  • Monitor with the Children’s Officer any changes in membership and any unusual dropout, absenteeism or Club transfers by children or leaders. Ensure these are followed up to determine the reason for the trend.
  • Children’s Officers and Coaches must be invited to at least 50% of committee meetings per annum to report and advise the Committee.
  • Children’s Officers and Coaches/Teachers may not be appointed/elected members of the committee

“The Code for Committees” has been taken from the Swim Ireland Safegaurding Children Policies and Procedures 2010: Codes of Conduct document.

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