Code of conduct for swimmers

Failure to comply with the rules below may result in action being taken through the disciplinary or child welfare policies, and may result in removal from the club.

General behaviour

  1. Treat everyone equally, with respect, kindness, and never discriminate.
  2. The use of inappropriate (including swearing) or abusive language, bullying, harassment, or physical violence will not be tolerated.
  3. Recognise and celebrate the good performance of other swimmers, encouraging them to do their best.
  4. Try your hardest and have a positive attitude to swimming.
  5. If you have any concerns or problems with the behaviour of other swimmers, you need to report them to an appropriate adult.


  1. 1. Get changed sensibly in the changing rooms, without damaging, distracting or causing any upset to anyone else.
  2. Treat the coaches, team managers and other workforce with respect.
  3. Arrive 10 minutes prior to training to get ready in good time, and report to the coach if you are unavoidably late.
  4. Ensure all the necessary equipment is brought to training, such as towel, hat, goggles, and fins. A Huntingdon Piranhas swimming hat must be worn during training.
  5. If you need to leave the poolside for any reason during training, the coach must be made aware. Do not leave the pool building unless the adult responsible for you has arrived.
  6. Listen to the coach and follow instructions, completing lengths and sets given, as not doing so, will only be cheating yourself. This includes not sitting underwater when the coach is talking.
  7. Do not stop and stand in the lane, or obstruct others from completing their training. Always swim to the wall.
  8. Do not pull on the lane ropes as this may injure other swimmers.
  9. If a swimmer touches your toes during swimming, allow them to overtake at a convenient time.
  10. When pushing off from the wall, make sure there is plenty of space between you and the swimmer in front.


  1. When representing Huntingdon Swimming Club, only the highest standards of behaviour will be accepted, showing respect to the coach, team managers, teammates, officials, and other teams.
  2. Report to the team manager upon arrival at the agreed time and venue.
  3. Warm up at the start of the event as directed by the coach and fully prepare for the race.
  4. Be part of the team. This means to stay with the team, being patient for your race, and support each other on poolside. You must not wonder off at any point. If it becomes necessary to leave poolside, you must have agreement from the team manager and/ or coach before doing so.
  5. Listen and respect the team managers and coaches.
  6. Do not watch the races from the starting end of the pool unless you have been asked to wait there for your race, as you will be causing obstructions for the officials.
  7. After a race, report immediately to the coach for feedback.
  8. Swimmers are selected for events and races based upon official achieved times, their achievements during training, and the recommendations for progression from the coach. Swimmers will be expected to swim these races, unless there is a valid reason not to.