Category Archives: Courses and Education

Update to PIA Responsibilities

Key Changes:

Please note, there are three key changes to the responsibilities of the Parent-In-Attendance.

  1. Temperature checks are no longer required at both Kilcornan and Renmore.
  2. Athletes may enter the building on arrival. Please queue to the righthand side of the foyer, to allow others to exit on left.
  3. Do not lock the main entrance doors after athletes have arrived

PIAs must continue to do the following:

  • Complete Swim Ireland’s Covid-19 training.
  • Complete the Self Declaration Form.
  • If unwell before arriving on deck, contact the PIA admin immediately.
  • Arrive at Kilcornan 20 minutes before the session to assist with pool covers and lane ropes.
  • Wear a face mask until all swimmers are in the pool.
  • Remain on deck at all times.
  • Verbally remind swimmers/coaches in the event of a breach of Covid-19 compliance. 
  • Record breaches of compliance on the provided Non-Compliance Forms located in the PIA folder.
  • Attend to any swimmers who might sustain minor injuries while wearing provided rubber gloves and using first aid supplies from the Bluefin First Aid Kit.
  • Contact the parent of any swimmer who is unwell or needs to be collected. Contact lists are kept in the PIA bag.
  • Record any incidents on Incident Report Forms located in the PIA folder.
  • If a swimmer is unwell or displaying Covid-19 symptoms, instruct the swimmer to stay in the office (deemed an isolation room if required) until the parent is at one of the exit doors ready to collect them.
  • Sanitise surfaces on the pool deck, office or bathroom that may have been touched. This also includes door handles of bathroom, entry and exit doors and pool ladder railings. The bathroom must be sanitised after each swimmer.
  • Parent in Attendance cannot leave the premise until every swimmer from their allocated session has been collected.

Any queries or concerns, please contact Christine at PIA.bluefin@gmail.com

Team Manager Course for Parents

This course is for volunteers who wish to act as Team Manager for their club at competitions, club outings and away trips (both home and abroad).

Virtual Classroom Course: Level 1 Team Manager
Mon, 06 Dec @ 18:30 GMT
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Virtual Classroom Course: Level 1 Team Manager
Tue, 18 Jan @ 18:30 GMT
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Minimum age to attend this course is 20 years-old. You can attend this course without Vetting NVB or Access NI and a valid Safeguarding Certificate – however, if you wish to act in the role of Team Manager these are required.

Please note that Swim Ireland may cancel the course at any time. Furthermore, refunds will not be given once the course has started nor will you be able to transfer to another course.

Great Sports Parenting: Managing lockdown and the return to competitive swimming

Great Sports Parenting: Managing lockdown and the return to competitive swimming

Join Gordon MacLelland from Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) on Monday 15th March from 18:30 to 20:00

 Where are we now?
• Managing the return to action for our children
• Creating home sweet home
• Working with our children to plan our next success criteria

Working with Parents in Sport (WWPIS) supports organisations, parents and coaches in working together to provide children with the best possible sporting experiences. 

Don’t miss out! We highly recommend all parents of children in sport register for this fantastic and engaging course. Contact Ruth McQuillan at ruth@swimulster.net for your link.

Upcoming Online Courses

Virtual Classroom Course: Level 1 Team Manager

24 Feb 2021 from 18.30-20.30
This course is for volunteers who wish to act as Team Manager for their club at competitions, club outings and away trips (both home and abroad). Minimum age to attend this course is 20 years-old. You can attend this course without Vetting NVB or Access NI and a valid Safeguarding Certificate – however, if you wish to act in the role of Team Manager these are required.
https://swimireland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6?ref=BAA04B5CA8E41B956DF662A44355B61109699C50

Virtual Classroom Course: Safeguarding Level 1

25 Feb 2021 from 18.00-21.00
https://swimireland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6?ref=D4C39A2ABDEED0F74BA760F1AE9408F2DBA37EAB

Virtual Classroom Course: Safeguarding Level 1

13 Mar 2021 from 10.00-13.00
https://swimireland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6?ref=51670B05652C59435ADAEDBDC6825A3FE7B25E8B

Virtual Classroom Course: Level 1 Officials

16 Mar 2021 from 19.00-20.30
The purpose of the Level 1 Officials course is an introduction to officiating and understanding of the Swim Ireland Officials structure. It provides for an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Timekeepers, the associated operating procedures and covers FINA Rule SW 2.9 along with other duties for working at swimming competitions. https://swimireland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6?ref=D59AF28AE8682F8290FEE796FC468386FE9AB7BF

Virtual Classroom Course: Level 2 Officials

20 & 27 Mar 2021 from 10.00-11.30
The purpose of the Level 2 Officials course is to understand the roles and responsibilities of a Judge. It covers FINA Rules SW 2.6 and 2.7 relating to the Inspector of Turns and Judges of Strokes, respectively. Each of the strokes – Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle & Medley Swimming are covered in detail, along with the reporting of strike violations to the Referee. This course qualifies you to fulfil the role of Turn Judge and Stroke Judge at all levels up to and including National Championships. The course is split into three sections – you must attend all three sections to be awarded with your certificate:
https://swimireland.azolve.com/Workbench.mvc/Show/6?ref=74C5D4FB93AC6A177CB2239EFD3D25B0567D9D94