Bassett JSF Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Swimmers General behaviour

  1. Treat all members of and persons associated with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) with due dignity and respect.
  2. Treat everyone equally and never discriminate against another person associated with the ASA on any grounds including that of age, ability, sexual orientation, ethnic origin or nationality.
  3. The use of inappropriate or abusive language, bullying, harassment, or physical violence will not be tolerated and could result in action being taken through the club disciplinary or child welfare policy.
  4. Display a high standard of behaviour at all times. Always report any poor behaviour by others to an appropriate club officer.
  5. Recognise and celebrate the good effort, performance and success of fellow club and team members.

Swimming training

  1. Treat your coach and fellow swimmers with respect.
  2. Make your coach aware if you have difficulties in attending training sessions as laid down for your squad.
  3. Arrive in good time on poolside before the training session starts to complete poolside warm up as directed by your coach.
  4. If you arrive late report to your coach before entering the pool.
  5. Ensure you have all your equipment with you, i.e. paddles, kick boards, hats, goggles etc.
  6. If you need to leave the pool for any reason during training inform your coach before doing so.
  7. Listen to what your coach is telling you at all times and listen to the instructions given.
  8. Practise good lane etiquette such as leaving 5 second gaps, allowing faster swimmers to swim in front, allowing faster swimmers to overtake safely.
  9. Always swim to the wall as you do in a race, and practise turns as instructed.
  10. Do not stop and stand in the lane, or obstruct others from completing their training.
  11. Do not pull on the ropes as this may injure other swimmers.
  12. Do not skip lengths or sets – you are only cheating yourself.
  13. Think about what you are doing during training and if you have any problems discuss them with your coach at an appropriate time.
  14. If you have any problems with the behaviour of fellow club members report them at the time to an appropriate adult.
  15. If you feel unwell or injure yourself, get out of the pool and inform your coach immediately.
  16. Ensure that your behaviour in the changing rooms acknowledges that swimmers of all ages may be present and treat any non-club users with respect.


  1. At competitions, whether they are open meets, national events or club galas, always behave in a manner that shows respect to both your club coach, officers and team mates and the members of all competing clubs.
  2. You will be required to attend events and galas that the Head Coach has entered / selected you for unless previously agreed otherwise with the relevant club official and coach.
  3. You must wear appropriate swimwear, tracksuits, T shirts/shorts and hats as laid down by the club.
  4. Report to your club coach and / or Team manager on arrival on poolside.
  5. Warm-up before the event as directed by the coach in charge on that day and ensure you fully prepare yourself for the race.
  6. Be Part of the Team. Stay with the Team on poolside. If you have to leave poolside for any reason, inform and get the consent of the Team manager / coach before doing so.
  7. Be prompt both to the meet and when being marshalled for an event.
  8. After your race, report to your coach for feedback.
  9. Support your team mates. Everyone likes to be supported and they will be supporting you. Acknowledge the effort of the team as well as the individual performances.
  10. Swim down after the race, if possible again as advised by your coach. Your behaviour in the swim down facility must be appropriate and respectful to other users at all times.
  11. Never leave an event until either the gala is complete or you have the explicit agreement of the club coach or team manager.

Parent’s Code of Conduct

  • I will complete and return the Medical Information Form as requested by the club and provide details of any health conditions/concerns relevant to my child on the consent form. I will report any changes in the state of my child’s health to the coach prior to training sessions or events. I will ensure that the swim club has up-to-date contact details for me and for any alternative person(s) as required.
  • I will deliver and collect my child punctually to and from training sessions/events. I will inform a member of the committee or coaching staff if there is an unavoidable problem.
  • If the club changes my child’s lane and/or changing times, I will remember that the change is to provide appropriate levels of training and to enable my child to progress, and I should therefore support and encourage this at all times.
  • I will ensure my child is properly and adequately attired for the training session/ events including all mandatory equipment, e.g. flippers, pull bouy, hats, goggles, etc.
  • I will inform the coach/welfare officer before a session if my child is to be collected early from a training session/event and if so, by whom.
  • I will encourage my child to listen and understand the rules.
  • I will behave responsibly as a spectator during training/events and treat members, coaches, committee members and other parents of members of both my child’s swim club and any other organisation with due respect, in accordance with the ASA commitment to equality and diversity.
  • I will not use inappropriate language within the swim club environment.
  • I will show appreciation and support for my child and all the team members.
  • I will support the coach and committee appropriately and raise any concerns I may have in an appropriate manner to the welfare officer.
  • I will not enter poolside unless requested to do so or in an emergency.
  • If I wish to have a discussion with the coach, I will check with a Committee member as to how this can be arranged.
  • If my child wishes to leave the club and stop swimming then I will provide 1 months’ notice in writing to the Committee. If we choose to return within 30-day period from leaving, then fees will need to be paid for the period missed to ensure continuous.
  • Most of all, I will help my child to enjoy the sport and to achieve to the best of their ability.

Bassett JSF Swim Club will:

  • Inform you at once if your child becomes ill and will ensure they are looked after until you are able to collect him/her.
  • Ensure good child safeguarding guidelines are followed at all times to keep your child safe.
  • Ensure all activities are properly supervised/ taught/coached and that consent is obtained for any activity outside of that previously agreed.

You have a right to:

  • Make a complaint to Bassett JSF Swim Club if you feel the club or a member of the club is not acting appropriately or in accordance with the ASA / club rules and regulations. Details of how to do this can be obtained from the welfare officer.
  • Make a complaint on behalf of your child to the ASA Office of Judicial Administration.

Child Protection and Welfare

ASA Child Safeguarding Policy Statement

Bassett JSF Swim Club is committed to providing an environment in which all children and young people participating in its activities have a safe and positive experience.

In order to achieve this, the organisation agrees to:

  • Adopt and implement the policies and procedures in Wavepower in full
  • Recognise that all children participating in the Bassett JSF Swim Club (regardless of age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability) have a right to enjoy their involvement in aquatics in a safe environment and be protected from harm
  • Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the Bassett JSF Swim Club, whether paid or voluntary, provide a positive, safe and enjoyable experience for children
  • Appoint a welfare officer with the necessary skills and training as outlined by the ASA who will take the lead in dealing with all child safeguarding matters raised within the organisation
  • Ensure that the welfare officer’s name and contact details are known to all staff, members and parents of members
  • Ensure the welfare officer is available to discuss issues of concern on matters of safeguarding and deal with such concerns appropriately and in line with Wavepower
  • Ensure that all individuals who work with children in Bassett JSF Swim Club have undertaken the appropriate training, have had the relevant DBS checks, and adhere to the required practices for safeguarding children as outlined in Wavepower
  • Ensure that all individuals who will be working or will work with children in the Bassett JSF Swim Club have been recruited in accordance with the ASA Safe Recruitment Policy
  • Ensure that all individuals who work with children in the organisation have the appropriate training, code of conduct and good practice to follow in line with the guidance in Wavepower
  • Provide all members of the organisation and parents of members with the opportunity to raise concerns in a safe and confidential manner if they have a concern about a child’s welfare
  • Ensure that all child safeguarding matters, whether they be concerns about child welfare or protection, are dealt with appropriately in accordance with the guidance for reporting and action in Wavepower
  • Ensure that confidentiality is maintained appropriately and in line with the best interests of the child
  • Ensure all papers relating to child safeguarding matters are held in a safe and secure manner

If you have any concerns about the safety of any child in the club or the behaviour of any adults, please talk to our welfare officers who are Nicholas Waite and Beth Larcombe who can be contacted via the Club Office.

Alternatively, you can call the ASA’s SwimLine on 0808 100 4001. The service is provided for anyone involved in swimming.