Be familiar with and follow the required procedures in the 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
Create a safe and enjoyable environment for children by:
Planning and preparing appropriately and be positive during sessions
Making sure all levels of participation should be enjoyable and fun,
Prioritising skill development and personal satisfaction over highly structured competition.
Setting age appropriate and realistic goals
Avoiding favouritism – each child will need attention according to their sporting needs
Praising and encouraging effort as well as results
Showing respect for all involved, children and adults
Recognise and ensure the welfare of children by:
Keeping attendance records
Not exposing a child to criticism, hostility or sarcasm
Never swearing at, ridiculing, shouting unnecessarily or arguing with a child
Being aware of a child’s developmental needs and how a child may be psychologically or physically affected (if relevant for your role)
Working in an open environment
Ensuring there is adequate supervision
Involving and updating parents, especially if a problem has arisen
Respecting a child’s sensitivity to their height and weight
Never using physical punishment or force
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
PASC Host 2019 Armagh Championships
For now a date for all big pool swimmers’ diary – Sat 23rd Feb. PASC will be hosting the Armagh Championships for the final time at Cascades. Next time we’ll be in the new pool at South Lakes. Our swimmers always enjoy this event and we are delighted to be hosting Armagh, Lurgan and Newry back again. That’s been a quick 4 years. We’ll be needing the support of one parent per family and there’s a job for everyone be it practical / admin before / after the event. Please just leave your name at the club desk and any preference. Thanks in advance for your support.
This is a novice gala suitable for all our yellow, red and green squad swimmers who have not won at a gala previously. The event will be held in Newry Leisure Centre on the morning of Sat 3rd Nov and anyone who qualifies in the heats will take part in the finals that afternoon. Please give your name at the club desk for now and if you have any questions feel free to speak to your child’s coach. PTL swimmers who are also taking part in the Arthur McDonald gala will have a quick turnaround to be back at Cascades for the 2nd PTL Gala…no problem to you. With both galas on 3rd Nov, it means no resting during the mid-term break. Training will take place as normal including Halloween night with some treats for your commitment. Let’s go PASC.
In preparation for the Arthur McDonald and PTL Gala on 3rd November we are encouraging as many PASC swimmers to register for the Halloween Camp at Cascades from Monday 29th Oct – Fri 2nd November. It will include land training from 9-10.00 am, followed by swim training 10-11.00 am. Please register your interest at the club desk this Wednesday.
Good luck to everyone taking part in this event. In previous years we’ve have had great success at this gala with swimmers even qualifying for the Irish Minor Schools and making finals and winning medals! Be sure to cheer on your PASC friends who are part of another schools team and to share your photos with us.