Mission Statement 

SWIMMERS FIRST



Aims


To provide an atmosphere where competitive swim training is an enjoyable and rewarding experience where swimmers are taught competitive swim skills to a high degree of excellence in a friendly non-judgmental environment.


To provide an excellent caliber of coaching, a low swimmer to coach ratio, and a safe environment in which to swim train. 


To encourage, train for and provide competitive swimming opportunities to youth swimmers of ALL levels and abilities including those who want to advance to a high level of competitive swimming. 


To teach and develop sportsmanship, teamwork skills, discipline and most of all a love of swimming.  


To develop each swimmer to the highest degree of competitive swimming that each swimmer is capable of attaining. 



What We Believe

Our swimmers come first.  We concentrate on the development of each swimmer before the overall club result.  


We believe that putting individual swimmers first and coaching them to the best of their abilities will build a great team made up of great individual swimmers.  


We recognize that not every swimmer has the same strengths and skills but we believe that every swimmer, whether highly competitive or not, deserves to have the highest level of competitive swim coaching and to be given the same opportunities to compete.


We believe that encouraging swimmers to compete when they are ready will result in happier, more confident swimmers who enjoy competitive swimming.  Although we do expect all of our swimmers to compete, we do not believe in forcing children to compete before they are ready. 

 

We believe that in order to develop life-long swimmers, swimmers need to enjoy swimming now.  We believe a supportive and fun as well as serious and competitive environment is the best environment to develop our swimmers to the highest of their ability.









Code of Conduct
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Behaviour and personal conduct must at all times be of a high standard and reflect favourably on DST and the sport of swimming.

SWIMMERS

1. Be Committed

  • ●  Be early for swim and dry land practice.

  • ●  Be prepared for dry land and swim practice – have all your equipment:

- Appropriate sports attire and sneakers for dry land.

- Goggles and caps for swim practice; goggles are mandatory and caps for longer hair.

  • ●  Attend as many practice sessions as you are able to.

  • ●  Participate in as many BASA sanctioned swim meets as you are able to.

  • ●  Always try your best.

2. Be Responsible

  • ●  Ensure coaches are advised when you are unable to attend practice sessions.

  • ●  Use the bathroom before the start of practice.

  • ●  Get in the pool when you are supposed to.

  • ●  Listen when your coaches are speaking – eyes watching, ears above the water.

  • ●  Don’t skip laps, pull on the lane lines or “cheat” during training.

  • ●  Assist with packing away DST equipment.

  • ●  Ensure you take away all of your belongings at the end of training sessions.

  • ●  Comply with all facility procedures and rules (NSC pool and BASA pool).

3. Be Caring

  • ●  Respect your fellow team mates - they are your swim family.

  • ●  Allow your lane mates to pass. Make sure everyone in your lane can finish at the wall.

  • ●  Encourage your teammates; exhibit good sportsmanship.

  • ●  Do not interfere or disrupt other swimmers during their training sessions.

  • ●  Show respect to DST coaches, volunteers, NSC staff and lifeguards and to meet officials.

  • ●  Treat others the way you would want to be treated.

4. Zero Tolerance

  • ●  Life-threatening and/or dangerous behaviour in or out of the pool.

  • ●  Abuse – physical and/or verbal.

  • ●  Foul language.

  • ●  Disrespect towards teammates, coaches, NSC staff, meet officials and/or volunteers.

  • ●  Non-compliance with NSC/BASA facility rules.

  • ●  Use of alcohol, drugs or tobacco during any DST training or whilst representing DST.


PARENTS/GUARDIANS

1. Be Committed

  • ●  Ensure your swimmer arrives to practice or meets on time; be aware of your swimmer’s training and meets schedule.

  • ●  Encourage and facilitate your swimmer’s attendance to as many practices as they can.

  • ●  Encourage and facilitate your swimmer’s participation in as many meets as they can.

  • ●  Volunteer for DST.

  • ●  Volunteer at BASA meets.

2. Be Responsible

  • ●  Ensure your swimmer is prepared for practice with the correct equipment.

  • ●  Please do not approach coaches during training. Coaches are concentrating on the swimmers and

    their safety and cannot engage in conversations during practice.

  • ●  Email or speak to your swimmer’s coach if your swimmer cannot attend practice or has to leave

    practice early.

  • ●  Email or speak to your swimmer’s coach if you have any concerns about your swimmer’s training or racing.

  • ●  Do not allow your swimmer to train when sick and/or contagious, has an upset stomach or an open wound.

  • ●  Inform DST of any changes to information given on the online sign up form.

3. Be Caring

  • ●  Respect the relationship between swimmers and coaches and don’t interfere with the session or coach your swimmer from the pool deck.

  • ●  Keep winning and losing in perspective and help your child recognize good performance and not just time-based results.

  • ●  Understand that swimmers develop at different ages and rates and resist comparing your swimmer to another swimmer.

  • ●  Show respect to all swimmers, coaches, volunteers and meet officials.

  • ●  Volunteer to help your team..

4. Zero Tolerance

  • ●  Abusive or threatening behavior or language towards any swimmer, coach, NSC staff member, meet official or volunteer.

  • ●  Non-compliance with BASA or NSC facility rules.

  • ●  Interference with training sessions.

    SWIM MEETS

  • ●  All of above applicable where relevant during swim meets when swimmer is representing DST.

  • ●  All Swimmers must wear DST swim caps.

  • ●  Standard meet swimmers must wear FINA approved swimsuits.

  • ●  All swimmers must wear DST attire when accepting medals/awards.

  • ●  Meet officials/judges are NOT to be approached by swimmers or parents – coaches are to be consulted and requests for clarification on official decisions can be made.

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