The club is run on a strict set of rules. Please click the below headings to read our rules and guidelines.

As an athlete you have rights and responsibilities. The following code will help identify these for you – if you are not sure ask your parent or your Club Children’s Officer to explain them. This is your Code, whatever your ability or wherever you take part and you should encourage others to follow it.

In your sport you should

Be happy, have fun and enjoy taking part and being involved in your sport
Be treated fairly by everyone, adults and other athletes
Feel safe and secure when you are taking part in your sport
Be listened to and allowed to reply
Be treated with dignity, sensitivity and respect
Have a voice in the decisions that affect you within the Club and Swim Ireland
Say no to something which makes you feel uncomfortable
Train and compete at a level that is suitable for your age, development and ability
Know that any details that are about you are treated with confidentiality

Your responsibilities are to

Treat Leaders who may be teachers, coaches, team managers, officials or other parents with respect
Be fair at all times, do your best to achieve your goals; be gracious if you do not achieved your goals
Respect other athletes and your opponents
Be part of the team and respect and support other team members both when they do well and when things go wrong;
Never bully or use bullying actions against another person; you should never hurt other team members, athletes or your opponent, this includes never taking/damaging their property, never spreading rumours or telling lies about other young people or adults
Keep to rules and guidelines set by Swim Ireland, the Region and the Club and make sure you understand the rules e.g. if you play a team sport what contact is allowed; as a swimmer in competitions what togs are allowed
Take part in your sport without cheating; you are responsible for not cheating and must not allow others to force you to cheat
Listen to and respect decisions made by others; if you feel unjustly treated you can talk to your Club Children’s Officer or your parents;
Behave in a manner that is respectful towards Swim Ireland, your region and your club
Never use violence or bad language; do not shout or argue with leaders, team mates or opposing participants – talk to someone if you are upset or angry or if someone has caused you to be upset or angry
Talk with your Coach, Team Captain, Club Children’s Officer if you have any difficulties or do not understand something; you should never keep secrets about any person who may have caused you harm or has made you feel upset
Understand sport can be hard work and requires discipline to achieve your goals; you should understand the commitment and attendance needed – set at a level for what you want to achieve; talk through any worries or concerns with your parent and/or your Club Children’s Officer
Do not, or allow others to make you, try or take banned substances to improve your performance

You should help and support the implementation of best practise policies in your child’s/children’s Club by following the code below.

Become members of the Club and contribute your time and effort in the daily running of the Club; no club can operate successfully and safely without the help of volunteers
Understand and ensure your child/children abide by The Code for Young People
Be available for specified duties if and when required; some duties are mandatory and form part of the procedures for safeguarding your children; some will be at the request of the Club.
Have an awareness of and respect for Leaders and other adults and their roles within the Club
Respect and abide by the decisions made by the Committee and other Leaders, these should be made in the best interests of the children in the Club
Understand the complaints process and follow the proper procedure if you feel unjustly treated, with the knowledge that any complaint will be dealt with effectively and confidentially
Know your child’s training and/or competitive programme, and accept it is your responsibility for delivering and collecting your child/children. Parents/guardians should ensure they do not leave their child/children waiting unsupervised at any time
Ensure the environment is safe and enjoyable for your child/children
Promote fair play and the positive aspects of sport
Be a role model for your children and young people by maintaining the highest standards of personal conduct and respectful behaviour in any activity related to the Club or Swim Ireland.
Allow your child to focus their efforts and success in terms of their goals rather than winning being the main objective
Promote participation for children that is fun, safe and in the spirit of fair play
Ensure appropriate leaders are informed regarding any absenteeism, medical conditions or other relevant matters concerning your child
Arrange an appropriate time and place for discussing any matter with leaders and coaches; communication should not take place whilst leaders and coaches are in a position of supervision or responsible for other young people
You should have the opportunity to put forward suggestions and comments
Provide the Club and your child with emergency contact information and to be reasonably available in case of emergency
Abide by the procedures and policies in this document especially with regard to the use of mobile phones, any type of camera and videoing equipment.
Be aware and abide by the Code of Ethics, this document, the rules and constitution of Swim Ireland and the rules and constitution of your own Club

It is a condition of the club’s entry to open galas that we provide volunteers to assist in the running of the gala.

The roles are varied: programme selling; timekeeping; stroke and turn judges; marshalling; recorder etc.

It is therefore a condition of entry with Coleraine Swimming Club that if a swimmer enters an open gala they agree that they will provide a volunteer for at least one FULL session in one of the required roles.

It was agreed at the last committee meeting, that non -coaching parents would be expected to take on these roles at open galas. Coaches will no longer be carrying out these roles.

To ensure fairness it was decided that parents of children with most entries / events will be expected to do more than those with children only swimming a few events. The committee are hopeful that parents will be able to work this out themselves rather than the swimming club allocating names. The committee have agreed to keep this under review.

This decision is in line with other swimming clubs and Coleraine Swimming Club see this as an area that non-coaching parents can contribute to the club.

With that in mind, Swim Ulster are running a FREE Officials Course in Bangor Aurora on Sunday 3rd April from 9.30am – 3.00pm (email Ruth@swimulster.net)

The committee therefore ask that parents make the effort to attend this upcoming training event (or future events).

Thank you for your ongoing support