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Squad Rules

The membership of each squad will be continually reviewed. Selection is based on training ability and swimmers not able to maintain their place in the squad will be moved.

Any problems or questions relating to the squads or their membership should be addressed to the chief coach and not to the individual poolside staff.

The chief coach’s decision is final on all matters relating to squad membership.

Code of Conduct

1. Swimmers are expected to behave in a courteous manner while on poolside. This includes treating all poolside staff (coaches/teachers/helpers) and fellow swimmers with respect: for example, not talking when the teacher/coach/helper is explaining the next set. Disrespectful, discourteous or rude behaviour may result in a ban from swimming - see below for details.

2. Instructions from poolside staff (coaches/teachers/helpers) must be followed. Failure to follow the instructions can be dangerous (for example clearing the pool in an emergency).

3. If a swimmer has to leave the pool for any reason, the coach/teacher/helper for that lane must be notified. This is for safety reasons as well as a courtesy to the coach/teacher/helper in charge of that lane.

4. Swimmers who are ill or injured, or those with exams must speak to the chief coach about arrangements for their training over this period. If they do not, their squad place may be reallocated to another swimmer.

5. Disruptive or dangerous behaviour will not be tolerated. Swimmers behaving in a disruptive or dangerous way will be excluded from the session.

‘One warning and out’ rule

We operate a ‘one warning and out rule’ for swimmers who are disruptive within sessions. This includes repeatedly stopping and/or impeding other swimmers; excessive stops for goggles during a set (see below); and breaking the code of conduct, etc.

The ‘one warning and out rule’ is not used in the case of dangerous behaviour, where the swimmer will be excluded from the session immediately.


Bans can only be imposed by the committee.  The coach must contact the committee either Chair or Vice Chair to discuss the incident and it will then go to the committee.

1st Misdemeanour - will result in a ban of up to one week at the discretion of the committee.

2nd Misdemeanor - will result in a two week ban subject to discussion of committee.

3rd Misdemeanor - will result in an appearance before the committee with regard to expulsion or other disciplinary action in accordance with the ASA guidelines.


Goggles should be correctly adjusted before the session. Swimmers should have a spare pair of goggles. Goggles can break during training or before a race. Having a spare pair of correctly adjusted goggles can make training/competing less stressful, should they break.

Reasonable allowance will be made for adjusting new goggles during a training session, however, repeated stopping during a training set to adjust existing goggles will result in the swimmer being asked to leave the pool (this is disruptive and there is enough time for goggle adjustment between sets/sessions).


1. Swimmers should be drinking fluids during the day. There is little point bringing a bottle to training if you have not had at least two litres of fluid during the day – it will have little or no effect on the swimmer (tea, coffee and caffeine-based fizzy drinks do not count towards this amount).

2. Those swimming less than a two-hour session generally don’t require fluids unless they are training most days of the week – four or more – and have satisfied the two litres of fluids rule above. The only exception to this is during very hot weather conditions, when drinks should be taken (however swimmers still need to be drinking the two litres of fluid a day in addition to their swimming drinks)

3. Under no circumstances should a swimmer stop for a drink during a training set (this causes disruption and loss if training time), any drinks being taken must be taken during the gaps between training sets.


Swimmers are expected to be fit and able to swim for the duration of a training session (for example if it’s a two-hour session, they are expected to swim for the two hours – unless there has been a prior arrangement with the chief coach). If the swimmer has an injury, illness etc, then the chief coach should be notified before the session in order that any necessary arrangements can be made. Should the chief coach be uncontactable, then the coach in charge of the session should be notified.

Injuries that occur during sessions

Swimming does not usually cause injuries due to the low impact nature of the sport (providing the swimmer has warmed up correctly). However, because it is a whole-body exercise in a foreign medium (humans are not designed for the water and we have evolved to live on dry land!) it will tend to show up any other injuries/illnesses that may have been picked up in other sports or during normal daily activities.

If a swimmer discovers an injury during a training session and cannot swim on with the prescribed set, he/she will be asked to leave the session as a precaution against causing any additional injury. Swimmers will not be allowed to rest for a while on poolside and then recommence training, as any injury bad enough to stop the swimmer training will not usually resolve itself with a few minutes’ rest.

Swimmers returning from injury need to contact the chief coach to discuss the best strategy for getting back into the water.