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Swimming Canterbury West Coast (SCWC) has adopted and abides by the Swimming New Zealand(SNZ) Member Protection Policy Manual

The SNZ MEMBER PROTECTION POLICY MANUAL outlines to swimmers, parents, caregivers, volunteers, supporters and others their obligations to prevent and address discrimination, harassment and any other form of inappropriate behaviour and to protect members from harm and abuse.SCWC is committed to assisting our sport to continuously work towards maintaining ethical and informed decision making and responsible behaviours that promote inclusive, safe and fair sport.

The Manual also outlines the rights and responsibilities of all our members in the varied roles they play in delivering and participating in swimming in the Canterbury West Coast region.  The purpose is to ensure that everyone involved in swimming in the region, be they swimmers, parents/guardians, coaches, technical officials, team managers, committee members or volunteers, have a positive experience through their involvement in swimming.

The SNZ Member Protection Policy which you can read here, stands alongside the SCWC Constitution which you can read here. Both documents apply to everyone involved in this region’s swimming activities whether they are in a paid,
unpaid or voluntary capacity and this includes swimmers and spectators.


Our HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICY sets out how SCWC will comply with health and safefty statutes, the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, its regulations, supporting codes of practice and relevant standards

SCWC Squad Swimmer Contract Outlines the rules and expected behaviour when swimmers are representing SCWC at events

SCWC Squad Swimmer Travel Rules Outlines the rules when swimmers are travelling as a squad to an event


All Clubs are required to report any incident occurring at a swim meet, which results in First Aid being administered. This applies to all SCWC Club and Regional meets and any incident involving an SCWC member at any meet nationwide. You can find a form to complete below. Once completed this form must be forwarded to SCWC as soon as possible after the incident occured.

Meet Incident Report


In order to ensure the ongoing safety of our young athletes, Swimming Canterbury West Coast requires all member Clubs to undertake Police Vetting for any of its members either Coaching or Team Managing, who are responsible for the health and safety of your Club’s swimmers, at both local and away meets or camps.

Please read the full Police Vetting Policy here.

Further information including a "How To" guide can be found on our Police Vetting page.


The policy will limit the use of Technical/Performance Race Suits by all competitors 12 years of age and under, at all SCWC The Swimming Canterbury West Coast Board, in consultation with the Canterbury Coaches Group, and in the interests of athlete development and retention, are instituting the SCWC Technical/Performance Race Suit PolicyThis policy will be in place at all.sanctioned events- this includes all Club and Regional meets held within the SCWC Region.

A Technical Swim Suit is one that has bonded seams, kinetic tape or meshed seams. From the 1st January 2019 only swim suits that have all stitched seams will be permitted to be worn by swimmers aged 12 years and under at any SCWC sanctioned event.


Swimming New Zealand have adopted Swimming Australia’s guidelines around safe pool depths for diving.

Safe Pool Depth for Diving

Has your Club completed the Internal Audit Questionnaire?

The questionnaire will allow your Club to identify areas of governance or policy, including health and safety which may need addressing. Once you have identified these you should be able to locate the information, documents or guidelines you need onthe SCWC Website

SCWC Club Internal Audit Questionnaire