Swimming clubs in Australia are made up of swimmers, coaches, parents, officials and administrators providing a fun and safe environment for kids and parents alike, many offering or having links to learn to swim schools, coaches and training, fun club race nights, and a strong social program. If you are a member of a local club, you know how important your club is in supporting your ambitions in competitive swimming, while keeping swimming fun.
Here at Swimming WA, we can provide a range of resources and programs that can help your club grow.
Club Resource Guide
Swimming WA's Club Resource Guide is the definitive information resource that provides everything your club needs. You can download a copy of the guide part 1 or part 2, or alternatively you can contact Swimming WA.
Member and Child Welfare
Swimming Australia has two applicable policies; Member Welfare Policy (MWP) and Child Welfare Policy (CWP). The Member and Child Welfare Policies are an essential part of Swimming Australia’s proactive and preventative approach to tackling inappropriate behaviour. We are committed to ensuring that everyone associated with Swimming Australia complies with the Member and Child Welfare Policies and ask all members and stakeholders to assist us in promoting these policies wherever possible. It is the responsibility of everyone involved in swimming, to be aware of these new policies, as they are applicable to all Swimming Australia stakeholders, directors, employees, contractors, volunteers and members, whether they are in a paid, unpaid or voluntary capacity. The Member and Child Welfare Policies and Behavioural Guidelines, assist in ensuring that every person involved in the sport of swimming, is treated with respect and dignity, is safe and protected from abuse. Links to these policies are provided below.
For additional Swimming Australia policies adopted by SWA go to the Policies section of the website.
Free Online Member and Child Welfare Course
As a sport, we are proud to lead the way in ensuring a safe and harassment-free sport for all members and are providing a free online course to assist in educating all swimming personnel. The purpose of this course and the new Member Welfare Policy is to define acceptable behaviour and what we can all do if unacceptable behaviour does occur. To sign up for the free online Member and Child Welfare Course click here.
The documents mentioned above can be found at Policies and Procedures.
Starting a new club?
Swimming is the highest participation sport amongst kids in Australia, but the success of swimming relies on local clubs. If your community is interested in starting up a new club, there are a number of steps you need to take. Contact the Club Development Coordinator at Swimming WA and request a Club essentials checklist as a guide for setting up your new club. Don't forget, the team here at Swimming WA is your greatest resource, so don't hesitate to get in touch with us and discuss how we can help you get your club started.