Code of Conduct for Swimmers

General Behaviour

1. Treat all members of the club with respect including:

  • Fellow swimmers
  • Coaches
  • Officials

2. Treat all competitors from competing clubs with due respect.

3. Treat all facilities, facility staff and users with due respect.

4. The use of inappropriate language, bullying, harassment, discrimination or physical violence will notbe tolerated and could result in action being taken through the club disciplinary or child welfare policy.

Swimming Training

1. Arrive in good time to stretch.

2. Have all your equipment with you, i.e. paddles, kick boards, hats, goggles, drag pants etc.

3. Use the lavatory before training begins.

4. Always inform the coach if you need to leave the pool, for whatever reason, during training.

5. Listen to what your coach is telling you.

6. Always swim to the wall as you do in a race, and practice turns as instructed.

7. Do not pull on lane ropes as this may injure other swimmers.

8. Do not skip lengths or sets as you are only cheating yourself.

9. Think about what you are doing during training.

10. Only overtake other swimmers when it is safe to do so considering the other swimmers in the lane.


1. You must swim events and galas that the coaching team have entered/selected for you unless agreed otherwise by prior agreement with the relevant club official.

2. At Open Meets, check when you should post your cards/sign in and be sure to do this on time.

3. Warm-up before the event. Prepare yourself for the race.

4. Warm up properly by swimming, not playing or stopping in the lane. Turning practice should have taken place during your normal training sessions.

5. Be part of the team. Stay with the team on poolside. If you leave for any reason you must tell the Coach and Team Manager where you are going.

6. Listen for your race to be announced. Go to the marshalling area in time and report in. Take your hat and goggles with you.

7. Support your team mates. Everyone likes to be supported.

8. You must wear club uniform and hats when representing the club. Club kit is black trunks/costumes, red Runnymede hat. Club t-shirts and/or track suit to be worn for all presentations.

9. Swim down after the race, if possible. Do not use this time to play.

10. After the race report to the coach, not your parents. Receive feedback on your race and splits.