Code of Conduct
- All swimmers must be a current member of U.S. Masters Swimming (USMS).
- All swimmers must be current with their monthly fee payments to Palm Beach Board of County Commissioners.
- Be nice. Be friendly to coaches and swimmers & welcoming to guests.
- Be respectful and supportive of teammates, coaches, and the program at all times in both words and actions.
- Uphold the values of sportsmanship both in and out of the water.
- The use of inappropriate or abusive language, bullying, harassment, intimidation, discrimination, or physical violence will not be tolerated.
- If you have concerns or issues with a specific swimmer, address it with that swimmer. If needed, bring the issue to the coach on deck.
- If you have an issue with a coach, address it directly with that coach. If needed, bring the issue to the Head Coach, Linda Bostic.
- As a member of our club, you are a representative of Palm Beach Masters, and all swimmers and coaches are expected to always represent Palm Beach Masters in a positive and professional manner.
- Being on time is helpful to the coach and your lane mates. If you join a workout late, be cautious when entering the pool and disrupting the flow of the set. Enter as the last swimmer and swim easy until there is a stopping point.
- Find an appropriate lane. Ask the coach for help. Look for swimmers of similar speed and abilities. Lanes are typically divided by speed, fastest to slowest, and by group, Wahoo, Loggerhead, & Manatee.
- Give the coach on deck your attention when they explain the workout and give announcements.
- Circle swim. Three or more swimmers in a lane must circle counter-clockwise. Swim on the right side of the lane.
- If after the warmup and by the main set, there are only 2 swimmers in a lane, you can split the lane and each take a side, if desired. Be sure both parties understand what you are doing. Head-on collisions are a headache.
- When stopping to take a breather or when finishing a swim, be mindful of the other swimmers in your lane, move to the side of the lane so others can turn or finish their swim at the wall.
- To Touch or Not to Touch? Some people don’t like their feet touched. To pass you can try to tap once and go around or turn at the flags or in the middle. Be very careful passing during the length of the pool, collisions may occur. Changing the order of swimmers in the lane is best done during the rest interval by simply asking if you may go in front.
- If a faster swimmer is coming up behind you and touches your feet, that’s an indication that they want to pass. Swim to the next wall, then stop and let them go ahead of you.
- If you are slower than others in your lane, don’t push off just before other swimmers are about to turn at the wall. Wait for them to turn, give them some space, then go.
- :05 Rule. Give space. Always give the person in front of you the full :05 before pushing off behind them. If you are faster than the person in front, you can give them more time or choose to lead the lane.
- Learn your lane mates’ names. Introduce yourself. We are an amazing & interesting team. Get to know your teammates.
- Equipment. Use your own or borrow from the pool if available. Put your name on your equipment. We find lost equipment almost every day. At the end of the workout, put your equipment and toys away.
- Workouts are typically scheduled for 60-75 minutes. Swimmers should exit the pool by the workout end time. Please respect the start time of the second workout. If a swimmer wishes to swim extra at the end of the workout, please ask the coach if there is a lane available and where you should move to. Lifeguards may be scheduled for other duties off stand at the end of our workouts. On Monday mornings and weeknight evenings, swimmers must exit the facility within 15 minutes of the end of the workout. The facility closes immediately afterwards, and lifeguards must lock up.
- If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask. The coach on deck is always there to help you.
- Swimmers should make an honest effort to follow the workouts as written. Workouts may be modified based upon your abilities and desires, as long as it does not disrupt the flow of the lane or if all swimmers in the lane agree to changes. Accommodations will be made for swimmers with special needs.
- We all have days, good days and bad days. Be aware of the needs of others in your lane, work together, and have a great workout.
Penalties for Violation of the Code of Conduct
At the discretion of the Coach on deck or the Head Coach, any one of all of the following penalties may apply:
- Private reprimand of the swimmer;
- Suspension from practice, without any reimbursement of any fees paid;
- Suspension or termination from Palm Beach Masters if there are egregious, multiple, and/or irresolvable violations. (This penalty requires concurrence of Palm Beach Masters’ Head Coach and Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation Aquatics Director.)
A member of the coaching staff determined to be violating the Code of Conduct may be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or termination from employment depending on the severity of the violation.
Palm Beach Masters aspires to be a great team. We rely on one another’s good judgment, respect, and commitment to uphold a high standard of conduct. In this way, we can achieve our maximum potential as a friendly adult swimming program and as a competitive USMS club.
If you see or hear something that you believe does not respect the values we hold — speak up!