Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct establishes a set of guidelines and procedures, which outline the responsibilities, and behavior of swimmers, staff and parents associated with the squad; and lays down what members and parents can expect of the squad, together with the squad’s expectations of its members.

All squad members are expected to comply with the following ‘Code of Conduct’ guidelines while taking part in any squad activities. Above all, it is expected that all members of 4th Lane Swimming Academy, coaches, volunteers, poolside officials and parents alike, when attending any training sessions, event or tournament will:

    • Behave without discrimination on the grounds of age, gender, race, religion, sexual identity, or disability as set out in the squad’s Equality statement
    • Respect the rights and dignity of each member of the squad and all other competitors/swimmers.
    • Treat other competitors and teams with respect in victory and defeat.
    • Observe the authority and decisions of all official.

Members – Training and Pool Discipline

All squad members are expected to:

  • Attend all the training sessions as required by the coach. At least 85% attendance is expected; attendance at all activities is expected unless it has been discussed with, and agreed by, the Coach. Failure to meet this without a good reason could result in your place being lost to someone else on the waiting list!
  • Be punctual for training and sessions and galas
  • Arrive in a positive frame of mind, ready to train at the level your coach requires.
  • Bring all your equipment with you – goggles, pull buoys, kick boards, hand paddles, swim fins and water bottles and always respect the property of all other swimmers.
  • Observe and respect the rules of the 4th Lane Swimming Academy whilst on their premises.
  • Keep the changing rooms tidy and inform coaches of any problems.
  • Make yourself available to swim in all meets and competitions when selected.
  • Observe all rules pertaining to lane discipline
    • Do not interfere with other swimmers in your lane
    • If others are faster than you, let them overtake without hindering them. If you are overtaking someone, then overtake properly, not by pulling him or her back.
    • Poor behavior in the pool will not be tolerated, especially if it affects others.
    • Be aware that swimmers consistently interfering with others training will risk being demoted to another lane or asked to leave the pool.
  • Bullying will not be tolerated in any form.
  • Medication: it is important that information on all medication being currently taken should be reported to the coach.
  • Allergies to any medication must be reported to the coach.


  • With limited training times, we cannot afford coaches wasting session time continually disciplining swimmers and if necessary, the coach will enlist the support of parents in resolving behavioral issues.
  • Swimmers disrupting sessions for whatever reason will be issued an initial warning by the coach.
  • Swimmers continuing to ignore the warning will be asked to leave the pool. A letter will be sent home and the offender will only be allowed to attend subsequent sessions with a parent present, while the problem continues.
  • More serious breaches of the Code of Conduct will be discussed further.
  • The swim squad coach has the right to decide on any matters not covered in the Code of Conduct.
  • The failure of any squad member to continually comply with all of the Code of Conduct will result in sanctions being taken under the squad rules which may result in permanent exclusion from the squad.

Squad Coach

The squad promotes a high standard of ethical conduct and practice. The squad coach will follow the principles set out below:

  • Behavior and Personal Conduct must at all times be of high standard and reflect favorably on the squad and the sport.
  • Be a positive role model, set good examples.
  • Consider the well being and safety of swimmers before development of performance.
  • Develop an appropriate working relationship with swimmers, based on mutual trust and respect.
  • Ensure all activities are appropriate to the age, ability, and experience of those taking part.
  • Promote positive aspects of the sport.
  • Follow all guidelines laid down by the squad.
  • Ensure swimmers are selected for competitions on their ability.
  • Never exert undue influence over swimmers to fain personal benefit or reward.
  • Never condone rule violation, rough play, or use of prohibited substances.
  • Encourage all swimmers to value their performance, and not just results.
  • Recognize and celebrate good performance.
  • Respect the basic human rights, worth and dignity of all members.
  • Take the appropriate and timely action on behavioral problems.
  • Keep parents updated on their child’s progress.
  • Start and finish training sessions on time.

Code of conduct for Parents/Guardians

The squad recognizes the vital role that parents play and realizes it cannot meet its aims and objectives without the help and support if its parents. An important aim of the squad is to encourage appropriate ethical behavior amongst its members.

Parents and guardians are important role models, and in this respect, they can best support the membership by displaying the behaviors set out below:

  • Remember children swim and play for their own enjoyment, not their parents.
  • Encourage your child to learn the rules.
  • Ensure children behave in a manner that does not interfere with other swimmers.
  • Encourage your child to follow the coaches’ advice.
  • Discourage unfair play and arguing.
  • Keep winning and losing in perspective. Help your child recognize good performances, not just results.
  • Never force your child to take part in the sport.
  • Set a good example and applaud the good performances of competitors and teams with respect in victory and defeat.
  • Never punish or belittle a swimmer for a poor performance, making mistakes or losing.
  • Accept officials’ judgments and comply with the codes, rules and laws within the guidelines set out by the squad.
  • Encourage your child’s involvement and help them enjoy the sport.
  • Use correct and proper language at all times.

In addition, for the guidance of parents, and to prevent possible misunderstanding, we set out the squad’s basic expectations of the parents below:

  • Bring your child to training sessions regularly and on time and ensure they have the correct equipment.
  • Arrive in time to collect children at the end of training sessions.
  • Familiarize yourself with the organization rules of the squad.
  • Keep up to date with the squad information.
  • Pay all fees regularly and on time.
  • Inform the coach promptly of any change in contact information and any other relevant information to facilitate your child’s participation, safety and welfare.
  • Do not allow your child to swim if they are unwell, particularly if they have any open wound of have an upset stomach.
  • Inform the coach of any health concerns your child may have, whether permanent or temporary.
  • Please share your concerns with the squad coach.
  • Be involved with squad activities either as a swimming official and please share your expertise.
  • Support the squad at all competition and functions.
  • Inform the coach in good time if your son or daughter is unavailable for selection to enable substitutions to be arranged.