There are many ways in which parents can support the operation of Ythan ASC. In fact the club simply cannot operate without the help of parents and enthusiastic adult helpers. The club is operated entirely by volunteers, we have no paid staff and we heavily rely on parental support.
As swimmers grow into their teens and often move off to college or university and leave the club, their parents usually leave the club too. This makes it critical that we have a steady stream of “new” parents coming along to help when their kids begin swimming.
We have a desk at the door of the pool throughout our sessions on Friday evenings. This is where the swimmers check in before getting changed for swimming. This desk is also used to distribute fee notifications, to collect fees from swimmers and to distribute new information to swimmers and parents.
This desk needs to be manned and the club expects that parents take turns in manning the desk. Parents are asked to spend one hour at some point during the school term helping at the desk. We have a rota for the term, ad we ask that you volunteer by selecting a date and time-slot at the desk.
We have a number of training sessions throughout the week including Friday nights. These sessions are supervised by qualified coaches who often work alone with up to 25 swimmers. The quality of coaching can be significantly improved when the coach has helpers, whether they be enthusiastic parents or qualified swimming coaches/teachers.
Parents who enjoy working with kids, have an interest in swimming and are prepared to give a little time would be very welcome to help on poolside. People who volunteer must be prepared to undergo a child protection PVG check before being allowed on poolside. Prior coaching or teaching experience is always welcome but is not necessary as the club can provide the necessary training.
Swimming Competitions – Poolside helpers
As a competitive club, we enter quite a number of competitive swim meets throughout the year. Normally our swimmers are supported at these meets by one of the club coaches. However, the coaches have personal lives too and it is not always possible for one of the coaches to be available for some of the meets. The club needs some parents, especially those whose kids regularly compete to be able to sit on poolside with the swimmers at competitions to make sure they are sent to their heats on time and to provide encouragement. Parents who volunteer for this duty also need to have the child protection PVG check completed.
Swimming Competitions – Technical Officials
No swimming meet can be undertaken without technical officials and that includes our own club championships and May gala. Any meet requires 3 timekeepers per lane, at least 2 judges per lane, recorders, timing system operators, starters and referees. These technical officials are all parents of swimmers or ex-swimmers. Each club sending swimmers to a meet are required to send trained technical officials along with the swimmers. The club expects that the parents of swimmers who compete become timekeepers in the first instance and then progress to become judges. It’s then up to individuals if they want to progress further. Courses are run by the North District throughout the year for timekeepers and judges. Contact one of the committee for further details. Our Swimming Technical Officials (STO) page is HERE
The club is managed by a committee of parents and swimmers. Members of the committee are all volunteers and take on a number of roles to ensure the club runs smoothly. The list of roles and can be found HERE and feel free to ask any of the committee about what their roles entail. Having said that some of the roles can easily be fulfilled by people who are not committee members.