Code of good practice

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Emergency Procedures and Code of Good Practice
Redhill and Reigate Swimming Club

RRSC Emergency Procedures has been drawn up in line with ASA guidelines. The aim of a Emergency Procedures is to outline for all club members what is acceptable behaviour and how to promote good practice. In addition the club has a Complaints Policy, which is available to all parents and club members, which outlines the Disciplinary Policy of the club.

RRSC will:

1. Ensure that all members comply with the ASA code of ethics (available on, and from child welfare officer).

2. Acknowledge the duty of care to all our swimmers until they leave the club venue or event with an appropriate adult. The Club does not have a presence in the changing rooms but expects swimmers to adhere to the code conduct in these areas, any incidents reported will be investigated.

3. Avoid one to one situations with a swimmer unless in an emergency.

4. Ensure appropriate/expected standards of behaviour at all times from coaches, teachers, officials and helpers who have significant contact with children and young people.

5. Encourage all personnel involved with children directly in the club to undertake suitable training.

6. Provide guidance of the expected and acceptable behaviour of children towards other children (Code of Conduct).

7. Provide non-violent, non-humiliating disciplinary measures, and a Disciplinary Procedure that complies with the ASA guidelines.

8. Promote an atmosphere in which children and young people are listened to and respected as individuals.

9. Not allow bullying, humiliating behaviour, racist, sexist or discriminatory comments within the club. Cyber bullying, the miss use of digital technology or communication to bully a person or group through messages or actions that are threatening or cause offence anxiety or humiliation.

10. Not allow any physically rough or sexually provocative games, or inappropriate talking or touching by anyone.

11. Ensure that mixed teams are appropriately accompanied by male and female coaches, teachers and parents.

12. All incidents will be dealt with in accordance with the defined emergency incident procedures identified below.

Serious Incidents

Upon observing a serious or potentially serious incident in the water or on the poolside a member of the Coaching staff (lifeguard), will affect any necessary rescue or other action according to their training ensuring that “back-up” is available from other lifeguard(s) or responsible adult(s) at the earliest opportunity.

The pool should be cleared immediately when a serious situation arises to avoid any secondary incidents.

As a matter of course 999 should be rung from the pool telephone or directly from the mobile phone the emergency services. If in doubt the call should be made to avoid any delays in medical treatment.

All incidents should be recorded in the accident/incident report book and reported to the club’s child welfare officer.

Non-Serious Incidents

For non-serious incidents e.g. nose bleeds, cuts, nausea, cramp etc. the pool may not need to be cleared. This will be dependant upon having more than one lifeguard available, one to maintain on participants in the pool, and one to deal with the incident.

If the non-serious incident then becomes serious then the serious incident process above should be followed.

All incidents should be recorded in the accident report book and reported to the club’s child welfare officer.

Evacuation of The Pool Area

If there is an actual fire or suspected fire or the fire alarm has been activated or if there is a bomb threat, lighting failure, structural failure or chemical contamination then the pool should be evacuated, initially where possible through the main entrance where registers can be checked or through the emergency exits.

First Aid and Emergency Aid

A first aid kit is available at each swim venue; cuts may be dressed and a plaster applied though re-entry into the pool is not allowed. Those who complain of feeling unwell should be supervised by a nominated adult while changing.