CONSETT AMATEUR SWIMMING CLUB
LANE SHARING BETWEEN ADULTS AND CHIKDREN GUIDANCE
Swim England recognises that children and masters may train together if they are a similar standard, however it is necessary to consider the implications of children and adults sharing lanes.
Swim England recognises that, in some situations, it is neither appropriate nor possible for swimmers of different ages to train separately. This could include the developmental need of older children to train alongside adults, or because lane availability is limited.
When lane sharing between adults and children is unavoidable, coaches are required to conduct a thorough risk assessment taking the following factors into consideration:
- The age and sex of the swimmers
- The size and ability of the swimmers
- Suitability of lane supervisors at sessions involving under 18’s
- Any lane etiquette guides i.e. overtaking
- The presence of lifeguards
- The width of each training lane
- The number of swimmers in each lane
- Whether the session is open to spectators
Masters who are training with under 18’s do not require a DBS check unless they are already a coach / club volunteer.