Teaching swimming

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We follow these national guidelines for teaching swimming. This is an all-inclusive programme which takes the non swimmer from his or her first splash to developing confidence and competence in the water through 10 stages. The programme is underpinned throughout by Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) principles, with clear progression between each stage. The programme fully encompasses all aquatic disciplines, and incorporates Rookie Lifesaving in conjunction with the Royal Life-Saving Society.

National plan Stage 1
National plan Stage 2
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National plan Stage 10

Child protection

Haslingden Swimming Club recognises that the welfare of all young people is of primary concern and that all young people, whatever their age, culture, disability, gender, langauge, racial origin, religious beliefs and sexual identity have a right to protection from abuse.

Haslingden Swimming Club also identifies that it is everyone’s responsiblilty to report any concerns and that all incidents of suspicious poor practice and allegations should be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately.

To ensure the safety of young people taking part in swimming and sport.

Key Objectives:

  1. Establish policies and procedures to protect the safety and welfare of young people, coaches and volunteers involved with the delivery of programmes.
  2. Provide training and awareness of the policies and procedures as part of the affective implementation.
  3. Implement systems, which ensure that child protection practices are systematically and consistently delivered to the desired standards.

Haslingden Amateur Swimming Club will:

  • Accept the moral protection and legal responsibility to implement procedures to provide a duty of care for young people, safeguard their well being and protect them from abuse.
  • Respect and promote the rights, wishes and feelings of young people and disabled adults.
  • Recruit, train and supervise its helpers, teachers and volunteers to adopt best practice to safeguard and protect young people from abuse, and themselves against false allegations.
  • Require staff / volunteers to adopt and abide by the club’s CODE OF ETHICS and CONDUCT and the CHILD PROTECTION POLICY and PROCEDURES.

Respond to any allegations appropriately and implement the appropriate disciplinary and appeals procedure.

Data protection

The Amateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain Ltd has registered with Data Protection on behalf of the three Home Countries to hold personal data of members. and all affiliated clubs, counties and districts. There is no need for any club, county or district to register independently. However there is a requirement for all clubs, counties and districts to comply with the principles of the Act which are listed below:

1. fairly and lawfully processed;
2. processed for limited purposes;
3. adequate, relevant and not excessive;
4. accurate;
5. not kept for longer than is necessary;
6. processed in line with your rights;
7. secure; and,
8. not transferred to countries without adequate protection

The <a title=”Data Protection Act 1998″ href=”http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/29/contents” target=”_blank”>Data Protection Act</a> also now includes restrictions on the use of data for commercial and marketing purposes without the explicit consent of each individual.
There is also a requirement to obtain consent for the collection and storage of data.
However, this is less restrictive and implicit consent can be obtained by ensuring that members are given the opportunity to read the appropriate clause, for example by publishing it on a website, membership form or notice board at the club headquarters. This does not apply to health and medical details as explicit consent (i.e. a signature for this specific purpose) is required from the individual for these to be held. There is also a requirement to obtain consent from individuals if their data is to be transferred to a country outside the European Economic Area.

The data protection notice used by the <a title=”Amateur Swimming Association” href=”http://www.swimming.org/asa/” target=”_blank”>ASA </a>is below and clubs, counties and districts are encouraged to use the same wording on their own documentation and to ensure that all members are advised of this clause. It is posted on the <a title=”British Swimming” href=”www.britishswimming.org”>British Swimming website</a>; and printed on the ASA membership card.

The current Act also states that parental consent is required for the collection of data for children aged below 12 years of age. As a sport we feel that 12 years of age is too low and <strong>we have decided that we should obtain parental consent for the collection of data for anyone below 18 years of age</strong>. We feel this follows best practice under our <a title=”Child protection” href=”http://bish.dyndns.org/wordpress/?p=77″ target=”_blank”>child protection strategy</a>.

Please ensure that your members are aware that this clause allows for the collection and use of the data to fulfill the objectives of the organisation only. It does not allow the data to be used for any commercial or marketing purposes.

The ASA will not use the data, or share the data with any third party for marketing or commercial purposes, without firstly obtaining the explicit consent from individual members.

<strong>Amateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain Ltd</strong>
<em><strong>Data Protection – Membership Data Collection – Consent</strong></em>
The Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”) sets out certain requirements for the protection of your personal information (i.e. information about you) against unauthorised use or disclosure. The Act also gives you certain rights.
References below to the Amateur Swimming Federation of Great Britain Ltd (ASFGB Ltd) include a reference to the three members of ASFGB Ltd, the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Scottish Swimming Association (SASA) and Welsh Swimming Association (WASA). By virtue of your membership direct or indirect to ASA, SASA and WASA you agree to your personal data being made available to ASFGB Ltd and its members, subject always to compliance with the Data Protection legislation. This does not include sensitive personal data such as health or medical conditions, which require the explicit consent of the data subject i.e. a signature for this specific purpose.

Except to the extent that your club or ASFGB Ltd is required or permitted by law, (the information which you provide in this form, and any other information obtained or provided during the course of your membership (“the Information”) will be used solely for the purposes of processing your application and dealing with you as a member.

If you cease to be a member of the ASFGB Ltd, the Information will not be held for longer than is necessary, after which time it will be destroyed.

You agree to use all reasonable endeavours to keep your club and ASFGB Ltd informed of any changes to your personal data.

So that we may use the Information for the above purposes and on the above terms, we are required under the Act to obtain your consent. Members are therefore requested to sign the consent clause on the reverse of the membership forms or by confirming to their Club Membership Officer that they agree to the above by providing their data for electronic submission to the ASA.

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”>It’s long winded, but it’s the law!</span>


The rules of photography – Amateur Swimming Association

Guidelines for Use of Photographic / Filming Equipment at Competitions

Professional photographers / filming / video operators, wishing to record the event should seek accreditation with the event organiser by producing their professional identification for the details to be recorded. Ideally they should request this at least 5 working days before the event.

Students or amateur photographers / film / video operators, wishing to record the event should seek accreditation with the event organiser by producing their student or club registration card and a letter from their club / educational establishment outlining their motive for attending the event.

All other spectators wishing to use photographic / film / video equipment with a telescopic or zoom lens should register their intent with the promoter of the event.

Accreditation procedure: A system should be established whereby a record should be made of the individual’s name and address and club. Professionals should register prior to the event and their details also recorded. Ideally identification details should be checked with the issuing authority prior to the event.

On registering, promoters of events should consider issuing an identification label on the day, which can serve to highlight those who have accreditation. Where regular events occur, the identifying label should be changed to prevent unofficial replication.

Public Information: The specific details concerning photography / video and filming equipment registration should, where possible, be published prominently in the event programmes and announced over the public address system prior to the start of the event.

The recommended wording is:

In line with the recommendation in the ASA Child Protection Policy, the promoters of this event request that any person wishing to engage in any video, zoom or close range photography should register their details with staff at the spectator entry desk before carrying out any such photography.

Guidelines for use of photography / filming equipment at club sessions.
There is no intention to prevent club coaches and teachers using videoing as a legitimate coaching aid. However, swimmers and their parents should be aware that this is part of the coaching programme and care should be taken in storing of such films.

If clubs are concerned that someone they do not know is using their sessions for photography or filming purposes, they should contact the pool management immediately.

HASC website

You may have noticed that we’ve updated our website. Please let us know if you have any feedback, concerns or comments using the the comment feature on this, or any other page on the website.

Please note that all comments, both good and bad are welcome! All are read and checked BEFORE they go live on the website.

Any comments left that are of a distasteful nature, will be removed. Remember that the WEBMASTER can see where they have come from!

HASC Social Media

HASC Social Media
You may notice the links to our  social media sites when you visit pages on our site. To help promote the club it would be great if you could “follow” us on these networks.

As well as this website, we’ll send details of news and events on social media sites such as Twitter and FaceBook to keep you updated.