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
Summer Swim Camps
Keep watch on the swim ulster website for next season’s gala and their annual August summer camp: www.swimulster.net. There’s also useful information on the swim ulster pathway. We’ll post the dates on the club website once we have it, and anything that is new: www.portadownasc.com Most of us are ready to wind down for the summer, but try to keep fit and stay healthy as the new season’s galas will start in September. There’ll are lots of open water swimming opportunities (see page 2) and junior triathlons (Camlough Facebook) coming up. Cascades have a swim camp 1st – 5th July 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm to develop their strokes if they can swim 800m+. There is a Rookie Lifeguard Course for 9-14 years old on 1st – 5th July, 9am – 12pm. ABC have lots of activities on https://getactiveabc.com/summer.With no school, it’s a good time for our young swimmers to read “Behind the Goggles”, which can be bought on www.swimmingexpert.com website. The Swim Ireland team will be competing in International Events over the summer which you should be able to stream form their website / twitter page / you tube. Lots of Swim Ulster swimmers competing!
Have you registered yet? Let’s Go Hydro, Belfast – https://registration.mylaps.com/swim-ulster Registration for the 3K opens at 11.00 am, race starts at 12 noon. 1500m starts at 12.30 pm, 750m starts at 1.00 pm. Medals and hats for everyone. Presentation medals for category winners, age bands: under 17, 17-39, 40+. Wetsuits and Skins Categories! This is a fantastic venue so hoping to see you all next Sunday. Anyone need transport, just email firstname.lastname@example.org as there will be members travelling down!
Have your tried Water Polo yet? Remember if you have not yet got involved in Water polo, just come along to training on Saturday 9.00 – 10.00 am next season. All PASC swimmers are eligible to join😊, there’s no extra cost. There are many benefits to water polo: increased endurance, aerobic & anaerobic workout, improved cardio vascular health, improved strength, increased flexibility, improved motor skills and strategic thinking. What are you waiting for?! The next tournament for players who were introduced to the sport this season is coming up in August.