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
Keep the date in your diary, a fun event for all our swimmers at Cascades who are of min. height 135cm. Swimmers will swim 50m, then go to the spinning room to cycle for 10 minutes and finally head outside cascades to run the track. Our younger swimmers from Dolphin, Sharks & new to yellow squads who are confident in swimming 1 length of the big pool take part in an Aquathlon ‘swim and run’. This is a great intro to junior tri events, more of which we hope to enjoy when we move to the new pool. We will provide further details in the coming weeks. In the meantime, feel free to speak to the coaches about the event.
This year PASC are planning a club outing for all our swimmers. Swimmers aged Primary 5 and under will need to be accompanied by a parent. Also, parent accompaniment would be desirable for parents of P6 & P7 swimmers if you could please let us know. For senior swimmers we should have enough supervision. To book you place please give your name at the club desk before Wed 17th April. Cost per swimmer is £5 each. £25 for each additional non-member swimmers and parents.
Final Swim Ulster Development Gala (Updated 140419)
This gala is ideal for our red, blue, silver and gold squads who have previously competed in a development gala or completed the Swim Ulster Skills Meet session. It’s the last development gala of the season 18th May in Lisburn. Please register at the club desk or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 7th May. All swimmers who complete a swim ulster gala this season will receive a recognition prize at the end of season gala. Meet information on www.swimulster,net
Training will continue each Saturday morning at 9.00 – 10.00 unless there is a club gala, and this will be good preparation for the U13 National Cup Competition in the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin on 18 May. This would be a fitting climax to our first season of water polo and is suitable for swimmers born 2006 – 2008 though exceptionally younger swimmers could be considered. Further details will be published closer to the time but it is envisaged that transport will be provided in the form of a minibus. We recognise there is a Development Gala on the 18th May – if you are planning to attend this gala to obtain a qualifying time, please speak to any of the coaches who can advise of other galas providing an opportunity to achieve these times. In addition, mixed events coming up so hold these dates in your diary:
Fri 10th May, 19.30 -21.30, U13
Fri 24th May, 19.30 – 21.30, U11
Fri 31st May 19.30 – 21.00, U9
More detail coming soon. Remember if you have yet got involved in Waterpolo, just come along to training which is on every Saturday 9.00 – 10.00 am unless there is a club gala!
PASC Team Relays, Belfast Marathon (updated 140419)
2 PASC teams are taking part in this year’s relay: 1) Coaches and 2) Parents & Committee. We have chosen Mental Health as the Charity. We would really appreciate any donation you can make at the club desk and if you could come along to show your support. For the route click here: https://www.belfastcitymarathon.com/team-relay
Aquasprint 4th May and the final gala of the Forest Feast Aquasprint Gala will be HOME to Breifne. Please check your name at the club desk and the name of your parent volunteer. Warm up 4.30 pm. Girls to please bring Sandwiches and Boys traybakes. We kindly remind parents that volunteering is required to renew your child’s membership next season. Please say YES when asked to help with catering, marshalling, desk, runner or timekeeping. Best of luck to our junior swimmers 😊 The finals will be on 7th June.
It’s been a few years since we had one our friendly junior galas. This gala applies to all our Aquasprint swimmers. Any of our young PTL swimmers who haven’t placed podium at a swim ulster gala are also eligible to enter. Please register your interest at the club desk before this Wed 21st April please.
Dungannon Leisure Centre are running a one off charity fun gala in aid of Northern Ireland Chest, Heart & Stroke in memory of their teacher and friend Gary Morris. This event will take place on Sat 27th April 2019 @ 4-8pm. Anyone wishing to participate in this event must be aged 6 years and above, capable and confident of swimming 25metres front crawl and 25metres back crawl. PASC are requesting applications, but in the meantime please register your interest at the club desk. This is a charity event with an entry fee of £10 and closing date will be 27th March 2019. Each swimmer will receive an event t-shirt and medal for participating. Let’s show a big PASC support to this gala. It’s a great opportunity for our young swimmers from yellow squad up and we’d like as many of our senior swimmers also entering to support the young swimmers and support this worthy cause for someone who gave so much to swimming. #wearepasc