Code of Conduct – Coaching Team

Coaches’ Code of Conduct

  1. Put the wellbeing, health and safety of swimmers above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  2. At all times, adhere to the Swim England Code of Ethics, Rules and Laws.
  3. At all times, adhere to Wavepower.
  4. At all times, adhere to the Swim England Equality and Diversity Policy.
  5. Consistently display high standards of behaviour and appearance.
  6. Treat all swimmers with respect, value their worth and treat everyone equally, recognising their varying needs and abilities within the context of the sport.
  7. Develop appropriate relationships with swimmers based on mutual trust and respect.
  8. Ensure that coaching and competition programmes are appropriate for the age, ability and experience of the individual swimmer.
  9. Identify and meet the needs of the individual swimmer as well the needs of the team/squad.
  10. Be fair and equal in team and training group selection.
  11. Never exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward. In particular, coaches must not use their position to establish or pursue a sexual or improper relationship with a swimmer, club member or someone close to them.
  12. Encourage and guide swimmers to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  13. Continue to seek and maintain their own professional development in all areas in relation to coaching and teaching children.
  14. Complete a child safeguarding training course every three years in line with the guidance in Wavepower.
  15. Treat all information of a personal nature about individual swimmers and members as confidential, except in circumstances where to do so would allow the swimmer to be placed at risk of harm or continue to be at risk of harm.
  16. Encourage all members to obey the spirit of the rules/regulations both in and out of the pool.
  17. Be fully prepared for each training session and ensure their arrival allows sufficient time for setting up the session and any training equipment.
  18. Co-operate fully with other specialists (e.g. other coaches, officials, sport scientists, doctors or physiotherapists) in the best interests of the swimmer.
  19. Never encourage or condone swimmers, volunteers, officials or parents to violate the rules of the organisation or the sport and report any violations appropriately.
  20. Respect the authority and the decision of the officials and only question those decisions in the appropriate manner.
  21. Treat all competitors and teams of other organisations with respect, whether that is in victory or defeat, and encourage all members to do the same.
  22. Refer all child safeguarding concerns in accordance with the procedures detailed in Wavepower.