By Laws of the Padua Swimming Club
The philosophy of the Padua Swimming Club is to conduct swimming training and coaching in such a way as to maximise the benefit for the swimmers participating. The club is committed to:
Developing the individual’s confidence, self esteem and physical fitness through learning the skills and techniques of swimming.
Conducting its affairs to develop a supportive family environment within the club.
Conducting training, coaching and swimming meets to ensure maximum participation where possible.
Providing an environment for all swimmers to achieve their potential, catering for all levels of competition.
All officials of the Club shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting. Only members aged 18 years or over shall be eligible for election.
The Club management committee decisions on methods and systems of competition swimming shall be final and binding in all respects.
Club management committee decisions on eligibility for membership and other administrative matters affecting the club and its operations, including pool entry, fees, points, and eligibility for competitions shall be final and binding in all respects.
Parents are responsible for ensuring their children are correctly registered with the Club and that they are financial members of the Club. Failure to do so will result in swimmers not being registered or insured.
The decisions or judgments of Coaches, Referees and Club Officials are not to be publicly questioned. Such matters are to be discussed separately with the Club Secretary.
Recognise the value and importance of coaches and volunteer officials who give time and resources to the Club.
Membership, registration and squad training fees must be fully paid at the commencement of the season. This is generally arranged at season “sign-on” day.
All swimmers participating in official Club swims and training activities during the season must be financial club members, with the exception of the local school students of St. Anthony’s, Padua Primary, Padua College and Mt. Alvernia College when participating in Club training activities at the direction of their schools.
Parents must make sure their children are under the care of a responsible adult. Rain or lightning can cause the early abandonment of an evening program or training session, thus any unaccompanied child could be in a serious predicament. Therefore no child will be permitted to swim unless accompanied by a responsible adult.
The Coach expects parents to assist in the following ways:
- Any communication with the Coach is to be arranged before or after the session, not while the Coach is working.
- A note is required if your child is to leave training early.
- Be encouraging toward swimmers.
- Make sure your child/children have equipment etc required for all sessions.
Speed limit in the grounds is 5km/hr and will be strictly enforced. No parking is allowed in the Padua College grounds. Parents are requested to park in the carpark at the rear of the church or on the street.
Where membership, registration, insurance, squad training or any other fee or charge remains unpaid from a previous season, membership applications are to be referred to the club management committee for consideration. In the main, any unpaid amounts may lead to a rejection of membership applications until such time as the outstanding amounts are paid or waived.
Children are not to enter inside the fenced pool area for training any earlier than 15 minutes before their scheduled training time, unless agreed to by a member of the club management committee or accompanied by their parent/s or guardian/s. The supervision of children up to their scheduled training times remains the responsibility of parent/s or guardian/s. Likewise, children are to leave the fenced pool area within 15 minutes of completing their scheduled training session, unless agreed by a member of the club management committee or accompanied by their parent/s or guardian/s. Repeated breaches may result in cancellation of membership.
The Coach is responsible for instructing swimmers in the correct techniques of swimming.
The Coach is responsible for the discipline of swimmers and directions given must be obeyed.
The Coach may penalise misconduct by ordering additional exercises or ordering a swimmer from the pool. Swimmers so ordered from the pool must remain within the pool bounds until collected by the parent or responsible adult.
The Coach is responsible for the implementation of all squad training procedures.
The Coach, in conjunction with LTS instructors, is responsible for the implementation of LTS procedures.
The Coach is to present to the management committee monthly reports outlining squad progress, development and attendance records.
The Coach is to assist the Carnival Secretary at all Inter-Carnival meets.
The Coach is to monitor the condition of instructional and pool equipment facilities and advise the Maintenance Co-ordinator on any necessary repairs to this equipment.
Swimmers must obey the directions of the Coach and adhere to section 6 Behaviour Code for Swimmers. The Coach expects swimmers to:
- Be 15 minutes early for training.
- Set goals for themselves.
- Be polite and courteous.
- At meets, be on time for warm-up and talk to the coach before and after each race.
- Have your own water bottle for training.
- Stretch before and after every training session.
- Senior squad swimmers are expected to keep a training diary.
Swimmers may not:
All swimmers must wear bathing caps when in the pool.
- Run in the pool area.
- Walk or run on the raised pool edges.
- Engage in any form of dangerous play or behaviour.
All swimmers must shower before entering pool.
Dressing sheds are to be used for dressing only and not for playing.
To prevent damage to pool equipment, swimmers must not enter the pool wearing hair pins, bandages or band aids.
The swimmer is responsible for the proper conduct at squad training and must remain within the pool area (bounded by the fence). Other parts of the grounds are out of bounds.
The Club committee is responsible for the proper conduct at each meet and club members must remain within the pool area (bounded by the fence) for its duration. Other parts of the grounds are out of bounds.
The Club competition will be held each Friday night subject to alteration by the committee.
Competition will be contested on a graded swimming basis over all four strokes. Where required, swimmers may be requested to swim a time trial.
Instructions of officials must be obeyed at all times. Willful and persistent disobedience or any misconduct by a swimmer will result in suspension by the Referee for that night.
The Referee may refer such suspension of any swimmer to the committee for further action.
Competitors must be able to swim at least 12.5 metres.
On the Starters whistle there must be absolute silence for the start of an event. Any swimmer who offends shall be disqualified from their next event.
Movement in restricted areas around the pool during competition swims will not be allowed except for officials or competitors in the charge of an official.
Lifeguards will be provided at all Club swims. Swimmers in trouble should support themselves on a lane rope until help arrives. Lifeguards must be at least 13 years of age.
Swimmers are asked to wear PSC swim costume at the Club Night.
All swimmers must nominate for their events and distances by 5.30pm on the Wednesday immediately before the club night.
Swimmers cannot nominate for 25 and 50/100 metre events of the same stroke.
Once a swimmer graduates from 25 to 50 metre events for a particular stroke, the swimmer is unable to nominate for future 25 metre events of that stroke.
Swimmers who have not nominated, but wish to swim in events, must report to the Marshaller prior to commencement of the Club Night.
Swimmers who have not nominated may swim in events at the discretion of the Marshaller.
No points will be recorded for non-nominated swimmers.
Non-nominated swimmers may be entered into a separate race, or races, at the discretion of the Marshaller.
A swimmer who has nominated for a club night may nominate for a club/pool record in any event scheduled for that meeting. Swimmers who wish to nominate for a club/pool record must indicate so on the nomination form provided.
PASC employees are not eligible to receive club awards and trophies.