Code of Conduct

The aim of this code of conduct is to maintain the Squads reputation as a friendly and disciplined organisation and above all to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our swimmers.

To successfully ensure this aim is met it is important to maintain standards of:-

Rules & Code of Conduct for Swimmers

All Prescot Open Swimming Squad members will at all times adhere to the following Code of Conduct:

Individual Behaviour and Conduct

  1. Act at all times in a safe and considerate manner.
  2. Do not use abusive language or act in an aggressive manner.
  3. Observe lane discipline, have all equipment ready and move carefully around the poolside.
  4. Members must wear suitable attire for training and events as agreed with the coach. Keep all long hair under a swimming hat. Remove all body jewellery.
  5. Be prepared to do their best at all training sessions and obey all instructions given to them by any squad coach, teacher or helper.
  6. Alcohol is strictly prohibited to all swimmers underage by UK law.
  7. Smoking is prohibited by all swimmers prior to, during and after a competition or training session.
  8. The use of drugs or substances other than for medical reasons is prohibited.
  9. Details of any medication or health issues must be discussed with the squad coach.
  10. Abide by the ASA Code of Ethics (

Respect for Others

  1. Respect the squad coaches and each other.
  2. Respect the property of other swimmers and the leisure centres at all training sessions and galas.
  3. Obey promptly instructions from coaches and at galas obey instructions from any officials on duty and the team manager.
  4. Obey instructions from leisure centre staff.
  5. Remain with the team at all times.
  6. Support and encourage your team.
  7. Accept defeat in your race with grace and show good sportsmanship.
  8. Accept the decision of officials.
  9. Stay on pool side until the final result has been given and leave as a team together.


  1. Swimmers should attend all training sessions as detailed by the squad/lane criteria.
  2. Swimmers should be on poolside ready to swim FIVE minutes before the appropriate start time of each training session.
  3. Members must pay any fees for training or events promptly
  4. Squad fees are annual and are split into 12 equal monthly instalments.
  5. If any member is more than 1 month behind in payment of fees they will not be able to train till all arrears have been paid.

Prescot Code of Conduct for Parents / Guardians

  1. Encourage your child to learn the rules and participate within them.
  2. Discourage challenging / arguing with officials.
  3. Publicly accept officials’ judgments.
  4. Help your child to recognize good sportsmanship and applauding the good performances of all.
  5. Support your child’s sessions as much as possible, but refrain from coaching your child from the seating area.
  6. Never force your child to take part in sport.
  7. Always ensure your child is dressed appropriately for the activity and has plenty to drink.
  8. Keep the club informed if your child is ill or unable to attend sessions.
  9. Endeavour to establish good communications with the squad, coaches and officials for the benefit of all.
  10. Share any concerns or complaints about any aspect of the squad through the approved channels.
  11. Use correct and proper language at all times.
  12. Never punish or belittle a child for poor performance or making mistakes.
  13. Always collect your child promptly at the end of a session.
  14. Support your child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.

We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of all our members. The club believes that it is important that members, coaches, administrators, parents and guardians associated with the club should, at all times, show respect and understanding for the safety and welfare of others. Therefore, members are encouraged to be open at all times and share any concerns or complaints that they may have about any aspect of the club with Elected Committee Members.

Breaches of this code of conduct will be dealt with initially by the squad or club coach. A written report of the incident will be sent to the club secretary and the chairman. The executive committee will review each incident and take further action as deemed necessary.