Teachers’ & Helpers’ Code of Conduct

  1. Teachers & Helpers must respect the right, dignity & worth of every individual and treat each equally within the context of the sport.
  2. Teachers & Helpers must place the safety & wellbeing of each individual above all other considerations, including the development of performance.
  3. The guidelines laid down by the National Governing Bodies must be adhered to at all times.
  4. Teachers & Helpers must develop an appropriate working relationship with each player based on mutual trust and respect.
  5. Teachers & Helpers must not exert undue influence to obtain personal benefit or reward.
  6. Teachers & Helpers must encourage & guide members to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  7. Teachers & Helpers must ensure that the activities they direct or advocate are appropriate for the age, maturity and ability of the members in their groups.
  8. Teachers & Helpers should, at the onset of each lesson, clarify with the member exactly what is expected of him/her and also what they are entitled to expect from their teacher.
  9. Teachers & Helpers must co-operate fully with other specialists in the best interests of the member.
  10. Teachers & Helpers must always promote the positive aspects of the sport and never condone violations of the Laws of the Sport, behaviour contrary to the spirit of the game or relevant rules and regulations or the use of prohibitied substances or techniques.
  11. All Teachers & Helpers, qualified & unqualified, should arrive in good time, and be ready on the poolside with their appropriate register of attendance for the start of each session.
  12. Teachers & Helpers must not use or tolerate inappropriate language or behaviour.
  13. They should not smoke or drink shortly before a lesson, so that the use of tobacco or drink is not obvious on their breath.  The use of drugs, unless for medical/clinical conditions is strictly prohibited.
  14. Appropriate, clean clothing should always be worn – this should be a Club T-shirt (provided free of charge to all helpers) – together with shorts or leggings/trousers.  Skirts or jeans are not appropriate on the poolside and should not be worn.   Teachers should ensure that they wear clean shoes with non-slip soles which are used specifically for the purpose – outdoor shoes are not permitted.
  15. Teachers will plan in advance for each lesson so that children show improvement and progress through the techniques and skills required for the awards appropriate for each ability level.  A lesson plan should be available at each lesson.  A brief resume of the main theme should be written on the registers each week to help if any parents have any queries regarding the lesson.
  16. Accurate records (individual & group) of each child’s achievements will be kept in the group register folders.  Individual records will be handed on to the next teacher so that there is a continuous record of each child’s awards and to reduce the risk of repeating them (unless done purely for checking that skills have not been forgotten).
  17. Medical conditions (as notified by parents/carers) are marked on the relevant register as children join the Club.   Where unusual conditions are concerned, information will have been gathered from parents/carers and then passed to relevant teachers. It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that they are familiar with all conditions, and to ask for further information and/or explanation if  required.