Swimming is a life skill
Be wary of cold water
N.B. Retention of body heat
H.E.L.P. (Heat Escape Lessening Position)
Entering the water
Following ASA guidelines the club expects poolside helpers, assistant teachers, teachers & coaches to follow and abide by a code of ethics.
This covers such things as:
Put the well-being & health & safety if members above all other considerations.
Comply with all ASA codes.
Work without discrimination of any kind.
Respect each other.
Obided by the pool rules.
Obey the spirit of the sport’s rules.
Keep it appropriate to the age, ability & experience of the individual.
Have the certificates for the qualifications you say you have
Treat information on others in confidence
Be clean & smartly turned out.
Do not drink or smoke before or during teaching sessions or competitions.
Seek ways of and be willing to increase the development of your current qualifications.
The EAP part of Normal Operating Procedures at a pool will cover:
- Disorderly behaviour
- Lack of water clarity
- Fire/Bomb threat
- Lighting failure
- Structural failure
- Serious injury
Coaches & Teachers need to know:
- Where to locate the emergency kit
- Rescue kit
- First aid/resuscitation kit
- The duty supervisor
Exercise care when using electricity
- attract attention
- kneel down/ lie down
- Permission to enter the water
- Permission to leave the class
- Whistle code
Consider the following with your swimmers:
- Appropriate swimwear
(cold, sore eyes, ear infection, open wounds)
The following may swim:
- Shoulder & knee injury
- hitting head
- deep cut
Report incidents in the accident book
An NOP is the detailed description of the day-to-day operation of a pool. Centre manages through to swimming teachers ought to be familiar with the procedures.
From a teacher or coach’s point of view the duty manager remains in control and will direct all operations in the event of an emergency.
Let’s consider the list of items that must be considered:
- The first aid room & its contents/stocking
- The first aid reporting procedure
- Duties of recreational assistants & life guards
- Communications within the centre (radios/public address system/alarms)
- Emergency procedures
- The nature of the pools
- Responsibilities of the lifeguard (behaviour/rotations/supervision zones/awareness of risks)
- Bather loads
- casualty recognition
- First Aid awareness
- Procedures with schools
- Safe Diving Policy
Procedures are also given for gala hire & pool parties, float sessions & aqua aerobics.
From a coach & teacher’s point of view:
- they must be suitably qualified
- whilst responsible for the safety of their children in the case of an accident they must not leave swimmers unattended but call over a member of the pool’s staff.
- they should know the position of safety equipment, 2 way radios & emergency alarms.
- wear the club uniform so that they are immediately identifiable