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Parent Supervision Duties

In accordance with Swim Ireland, Piranha Swim Club require that all aquatic activities involving children and young people must be supervised at all times; under Swim Ireland rules and regulations for Child Safety in Sport, our Club is obliged to have a responsible adult(s) on the deck at all times during training sessions.

Piranha Swim Club endeavour to ensure that the welfare and safety of the child is always paramount. Therefore, where possible, all persons should avoid being left alone with a child or underage person.



Parent on Duty rotas are organised in advanced and will be communicated to all involved either by way of email, text or both. A copy will be available on the website and will also be posted on our noticeboard. We ask you to take note of your times and where needed arrange your replacement as early as possible. Where changes are made to the rota we ask that you update the copy posted on the club noticeboard.

Contact details for all individuals on the rota will be made available to our coaching/teaching staff concerned and to those that need them e.g. individual on supervision duty, Club Children’s Officer, nominated persons, etc.

The coach/teacher must be able to rely on the parent/supervisor being present and on time. Failure to meet this requirement may result in the session being delayed or ultimately cancelled.

NB: An individual on the rota is responsible for their own replacement in the event they cannot fulfil their obligation

When on pool duty you should:
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before the session starts and must remain with any teaching/coaching staff until all the children are collected. A member of the committee should be notified of any underage member who is not collected from sessions on a regular basis.

       Note: Ultimately responsibility lies with the parent/guardian to be on time to collect their children.


  • Ask at reception for the “Piranha Pool Duty Folder”, there will be one for each squad, Senior & Junior, make sure to get the correct folder for the session you are supervising.

  • Fill out the day, date & time of the session 



  • Place a tick beside the coach(es) names

       that are on duty for the session.

  • Print and sign your own name.



  • Place a tick beside each swimmers name

       when they arrive on pool deck

  • Make a note of any swimmers leaving the

       pool area (for break, toilet, injury, etc).

       Ask the swimmer their name if you do not

       know them.  Write the time out (and then

       time in when they return) beside the relevant swimmers name. Reason for leaving should be noted in the case of injury, sickness, 

       expulsion, etc.

  • The Parent on Duty should not interfere with the coaching or teaching of the session.

  • Assume a normal duty of care if members become unwell or are injured, and contact the swimmers parents/guardians if necessary.

  • In the event of an accident or emergency the swimmers parents/guardians should be contacted as soon as possible. Help the coach/teacher by being an extra adult to supervise children or to assist with a response to the emergency

  • In the case of serious incidents the Pool Management and/or the emergency services should also be notified.

  • Where a Parent on Duty has any concerns these should be brought to the Club Children’s Officer or dealt with immediately if a child is in imminent danger.

  • Where a child leaves the pool early with or without prior arrangement, you must ensure that they sit with you (when dressed) or in close proximity and in full view until such time as they are collected or the session is over.

       : Please ensure your child is aware of this rule

  • When the session has ended you should remain pool side until all swimmers have left the pool area

  • Return the “Piranha Pool Duty Folder” to reception.

Changing Rooms
  • Please note that changing facilities are shared by both Piranha Club members and members of the general public; it is therefore not possible to provide supervision in these areas. Please ensure that you discuss this with your child and make them aware of who to talk to if any issues arise in unsupervised areas.

  • In an emergency circumstance the safety and well-being of a child must be considered above all

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