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To develop an athletic swimmer requires more than training in the swimming pool. Although exercise in water has a certain amount of resistance against the pressure of the water, it is not nearly as great as can be achieved with exercising on land. Mobility, stability and learning the correct way to perform fundamental movement patterns is an essential part of swim training at an early age. It is also key to injury prevention and body conditioning. To increase the strength of the body it is therefore necessary to have a land training regime which initially should include the fundamentals of movement and body weight exercises.
Swim England have produced this guidance for clubs..
FAQ Information Views: 248 Keywords: Created: 08.12.2017 Updated: 08.12.2017
To help ensure your children’s safety at swimming clubs here are a few questions you can ask
- How do I contact you should I need to?
- Is the club SwimMark accredited? If not, why not?
- Can I see the club copy of Wavepower and specifically section six which is written for parents?
- Are there any procedures in place for dealing with concerns, complaints and disciplinary issues and who do I need to approach to raise such issues?
- Are all coaches and teachers suitably qualified and experienced?
- Does the club follow Swim England guidance in Wavepower on away events?
- Does the club follow the Swim England anti-bullying policy?
- Does the club arrange for all appropriate coaches, teachers and volunteers involved with the supervision of children at the club to attend approved child safeguarding training?
- Are parents encouraged to watch or become involved in the club and their child’s training in an appropriate manner?
FAQ Information Views: 245 Keywords: Created: 10.02.2018 Updated: 26.03.2018
Visualisation is a technique used by many of sporting’s elite, following evidence showing that it is important to train not only the body, but also the mind. It is about creating a mental image of what you want to happen or feel in reality and practise ‘visualising’ it in your mind’s eye. Visualising yourself winning will make it more likely to happen, the theory goes.
Visualisation like this will help improve your child’s swimming performance if done correctly. But as with any skill training is essential, as is rehearsal and repetition.
As a parent of a swimmer, it is useful to have an understanding of why visualisation is key and how you can help your child to build visualisation in to their training programme. Here are the six steps to visualising.
- Your child should find somewhere comfortable and quiet where they can concentrate and relax.
- Encourage them to take long, slow breaths, breathing in through the nose and out through the mouth to slow the heart rate and help to relax.
- Next step is to close the eyes and create the image. This could be creating a winning experience or going through the routine of a successful race where a PB is achieved. The subject of visualisation depends on the required outcome.
- Encourage your child to make the image as detailed as possible. Tell them to think about sights, sounds, feelings, smells and tastes, to make sure all of the senses are aligned to the image and it’s a real as possible. They need to think about what are they wearing, what can they hear, and how they feel. Detail is vital.
- If they get distracted, or the image doesn’t go the way they want, they can open their eyes, take some deep breaths and restart the process. It may take some practise to develop the focus and skills that visualisation requires.
- Ensure the visualisation ends on a positive image, to help boost confidence and self-belief, and to reduce any feelings of anxiety.
More than competing
Visualisation doesn’t always have to be specific to competing. It can also be used as a relaxation technique.
If your child is getting wound up about an upcoming competition or an exam, or is even struggling with the work load from school, you can encourage them to use visualisation to help.
Use exactly the same technique, but imaging a peaceful setting, such as lying on a deserted beach, with the waves lapping the shore. Just a few minutes of this, paired with long, deep breaths, will encourage calmness.
It can also help your child recover from injury by keeping the mind focused and motivation levels high. Read more in this Recovering from Injury article.
FAQ Information Views: 207 Keywords: Created: 01.12.2017 Updated: 01.12.2017
It’s completely normal to become emotional when supporting your child at swimming events. It shows you care, are involved in their life, and keen to share the pressure with them as they compete.
But when supporting your child at swimming events it’s important to be calm and supportive, rather than turning in to an overbearing “balcony ogre” once your child hits the water.
We know the pool balcony can be a stressful area. Hundreds of parents all desperate to communicate with their child mixed with the stifling sauna-like atmosphere of the pool. It’s not easy to keep calm.
However, no matter what happens, or how tense things get, it’s important that you maintain discipline, poise, confidence and control. Your kids will thank you for it and it’ll help them perform better.
Ask your child how they would like you to be. While few kids like a balcony ogre barking negative comments, they may want you in the front row of the balcony, whooping and cheering for them as they line up to race. On the other hand, they may find it a bit off-putting and anxiety inducing, and would rather you remained calm and quiet. So, tip one is ask first.
Try to remember that although you’re sat within a crowd, your actions and words will still be noticed, most of all by your child. Think before you shout, and keep your body language, actions and your words positive.
If you’re starting to feel any frustration, try taking slow, deep breaths to keep calm. If something’s gone particularly badly, try counting down from 100 in your head, to give you time to form a rational response.
Try not to get sucked in to competing with other parents. Everyone wants their child to be the best – it’s natural. However, it’s your child’s sport, so try to just enjoy watching and be supportive. Leave the competitiveness to them. If you need to compete, join a Masters club and compete in the pool.
If you’re feeling particularly annoyed with your child’s performance, or are struggling to keep your cool on the balcony, try adopting relaxation skills. Imagine a relaxing scene, repeating a calming phrase, or putting some headphones in with some chilled music on may all help you to keep relaxed. Try some visualisation exercises before the race. You can find out more about visualisation here.
Video: Dr Camilla Knight talks about the support of parents of talented young athletes. The focus for young people at competitions is to enjoy it and perform to the best of their ability. Parents are important before and after training and competitions to offer support and help their child, reviewing with them what it going well and things they may want to work on. The most important thing is to make sure your child knows that you’re looking forward to watching them and that effort and performance is what counts – not winning.
FAQ Information Views: 204 Keywords: Created: 01.12.2017 Updated: 12.03.2018
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The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 introduced new safeguarding and vetting requirements affecting all individuals who have contact with children and adults at risk.
In December 2012 the Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
The DBS enable Swim England to make more informed recruitment decisions for position(s) where there are individuals wishing to work with children or adults at risk. Individuals are required to undertake a Barred List check and/or Enhanced DBS Disclosure.
A Barred List check is a legal requirement for all individuals applying to work in Regulated Activity. This check will show if an individual is barred from working with children or adults at risk.
Regulated Activity is defined as unsupervised activities that are either:
Teaching, training, instructing, providing advice/guidance on wellbeing, supervising, caring, transporting children, or anyone who manages people in this category
And that happens frequently (once a week or more often), intensively (on 4 or more days in a 30 day period) or overnight.
FAQ Information Views: 135 Keywords: Created: 11.02.2018 Updated: 11.02.2018
Here are a few areas to think about when preparing for an interview for swimming coach roles
- Consider previous successes
- How you have built relationships with swimmers, parents and volunteers
- How you have worked with schools to attract new members and ensured club members continue into their teens
- Different sets you have developed
- Your relationships with other coaches and contacts within coaching
- Professional development and conferences or courses you have attended/would like to attend
- How you have worked with local schools.
- How many national qualifiers the club has had in recent years, the size of the club, results from recent competitions, the club’s website and online offering.
FAQ Information Views: 30 Keywords: Created: 07.04.2018 Updated: 07.04.2018