Advice For Swimmers


It is important to be happy while you are swimming. You may meet lots of people. We want you to know what is right and wrong behaviour from them.

Your Coach

To make sure you enjoy swimming, coaches teach you different moves and help you develop.

Your coach should:

  • treat you fairly
  • set a good example
  • tell you what is right and wrong
  • give you positive feedback

Your coach should NOT:

  • make you feel bad or sad
  • bully you
  • contact you via social media

Sometimes your coach may need to use physical contact to show you a specific move or skill. They should tell you first and explain what they are going to do. If you don't like it, you are always allowed to say no.

! Remember:

If you feel uncomfortable being asked to do anything, you always have the right to say no.

To keep safe, you may need to talk about things that worry or upset you

  • hit, kicked, pushed or anything which hurts you.
  • touched in a way you do not like or being asked to touch someone else which makes you feel uncomfortable
  • treated unkindly on mobile phones or social media
  • asked not to tell or keep something a secret
  • left on your own or making you feel left out
  • called names, being picked on for being different, having your belongings taken or broken
  • asked to change your thoughts or ideas about who you are and where you live
  • persuaded to something you don't want to do

! Remember: Think PANTS

  • Privates are private
  • Always remember your body belongs to you
  • No means NO
  • Talk about secrets that upset you
  • Speak up, someone can help

What should you do?

If you are worried about something or someone has hurt or upset you; or someone you know, don't keep it to yourself, always tell someone!

Talk to a person you trust. It is not your fault that someone has hurt you or made you worry and it is not true that nobody else will believe you.

Grown-ups will listen carefully and be able to help you.

It's important that you respect yourself, your friends and community at all times.

! Remember: Think SWIM FAST

  • Swimming is fun
  • Without exception NO means NO
  • I CAN tell
  • Make people aware
  • Follow your instincts
  • Always say if you don't feel comfortable
  • Support each other
  • Talk to an adult you trust

Who should you tell?

There are lots of people you can talk to, such as:

  • your parent/guardian
  • a teacher
  • your club welfare officer
  • your coach

A club welfare officer is a specially trained adult whose job it is to help. You and your parents can talk to them if you are sad or something is worrying you.

Your club welfare officer is:

Patrick Higgins
You can contact him by email on

If there isn't someone you feel that you can talk to, you can call or visit:

Childline (free): 0800 1111

NSPCC Helpline: 0808 800 5000