So how can I help?

GASC is run by unpaid volunteer coaches, teachers, technical officials, committee members etc, and it is only with these volunteers that the club is able to function.  Swimmers' parents or guardians are expected to help in some capacity, be it assisting with fundraising, being a member of the Management Committee, helping with administrative tasks, organising or providing support in whatever capacity.  Any support in whatever form is greatly appreciated by the club and its members.

 

Poolside

If you wish to help poolside during training sessions or competitions, please speak to one of the coaches as they will give you guidance on what steps you have to take.  Anyone wishing to go poolside must be SASA members and have undergone a PVG check.

 

Swimming Technical Officials (STO)

At swim meets, technical officials (STOs) are required as timekeepers, recorders, judges, starters and referees.  There is training for these roles and one parent / guardian of each swimmer is asked to become a technical official - put another way, it's the best view of the swimmer you'll get!  When a swimmer joins Squad 1 upwards we would ideally want one parent to be on the path to obtaining their Judge 1 certificate.

Timekeepers:

The role of a timekeeper is to accurately time and record times of swimmers. To become an official timekeeper for GASC all you need to do is attend a Timekeeper’s Workshop coordinated by Scottish Swimming. This involves a short theory session followed by a poolside practical assessment in Inverurie. Becoming a timekeeper is a great way to get involved in your child’s swimming & to get to know other parents in the club.

If you are interested in becoming a timekeeper please email our STO Co-ordinator at officials@gasc.co.uk.

Judges:

For those that have done a bit of timekeeping and can see that officiating at a meet is not as terrifying as it may have seemed when you first started, we’d like you to consider the next step on the ladder of swimming technical officials. This would involve becoming a Judge 1 whose role and duties are of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns. To become a Judge 1 you need to attend a workshop run by SASA North District, be mentored at meets, then complete a final oral and practical examination.

If you have achieved all your timekeeper signatures and are interested in progressing to becoming a Judge please email our STO Co-ordinators at officials@gasc.co.uk.

 

Parent Group

The Parent Group was set up to assist the Management Committee with the day to day running of the club, but especially with the organisation of Garioch's swimming meets, fundraising and other events.  Every single role in the swimming club is voluntary and you do not need to have any knowledge of swimming or how the club works to volunteer or be part of the Parent Group.  The PG meets once a month in the Garioch Community Centre.  You can contact the Parent Group on gascphg@gmail.com and dates of all upcoming meets are on the pool noticeboard.