Changing Room Policy

Behaviour standards in the changing rooms are expected to be as per the club’s Swimmers Code of Conduct.

Under the duty of care to safeguard children, the club has a responsibility for the wellbeing of children in the changing rooms.

This does not mean that parents have no responsibility, but parents are often not in the pool complex at the time when children are swimming and training to exercise their duty of care.

The ASA does not advise that adults supervise changing facilities, as that places them and the children at risk of harm and allegation. Clubs may however place an officer or appointed poolside helper on the outside of the doors in and out of the changing rooms to allow children to call for assistance if required. This approach has proved helpful to many clubs when children have reported incidents of bullying or general behaviour issues between members in the changing rooms.

Parents should not be in the changing rooms whilst the children are changing, unless their child is of an age where help is required from the parents or if the child requires additional specific assistance. The age is recommended to be 8 years of age and below. In such circumstances, the parent must be the same gender as the child, unless the facility has family changing facilities or is a mixed changing village.

The Club’s changing facilities are as follows:

The Great Yarmouth High School pool has separate changing rooms for male and female swimmers with another changing room for disabled swimmers or Masters swimmers.

The Phoenix Pool has a mixed changing village, which may be shared with members of the public.

Parents should beware that changing facilities at venues for away galas may be shared by both club members and members of the general public.

Locally adapted from Wavepower 2016-19