Edinburgh Diving Club

Founded in 1971

Information for parents

This page has some information we think will be of interest to parents or guardians of existing and prospective members.

Internet Banking

Instead of using the post or handing payments to our treasurer in person, you can now pay club fees, including the deposits for and costs of trips to competitions and camps, over the Internet. The details you will need are:

Account name:

Edinburgh Diving Club

Sort code:

80-11-00

Account number:

00272704

If making such a payment, please put your child's name and the reason for payment in the reference box. You will have to sensibly abbreviate this information.

Missing letters?

You must have had the missing letter blues! You know the sort of thing - the little darlings tell you they are going to an event but you have not had any information. Well, they were all given letters to hand to their parents .. but they left them on the poolside, in the changing room or, if you are very brave, you may retrieve a mouldy lump of papier mache from the foot of their bag!

..or you could select LETTERS on the left.

Child protection policy

The Club, in common with all clubs affiliated to the Scottish Amateur Swimming Association (SASA), has a written Child Protection Policy and has appointed a Child Protection Officer to ensure that the welfare of Club members is the first consideration at all times.

A copy of this document is included in a Welcome Pack issued to each new member on joining the Club. When your child joins, make sure both you and your child read all the contents of this Pack.

Code of conduct

The Club has a written Code of Conduct which is also included in the Welcome Pack. This Code outlines each member's responsibilities for such things as behaviour and personal conduct, personal appearance, financial liabilities, use of alcohol and tobacco products, sexual intimacy, drugs, medications, health and fitness. The Code applies during training and at all events where the Club is represented.

Parental involvement

The Club encourages parents or guardians to take an active interest in their childrens' progress and in the Club's activities. There are many occasions each year when helpers are most welcome. At present there are several parents serving on the Committee and others who fill a reqular 'slot' at events and functions. Other things parents can do are mentioned in the Welcome Pack.

However, there are some situations when we would ask parents or guardians not to interrupt proceedings unless in an overriding emergency.

  • Please do not try to speak to coaches during lessons or while they are taking the register
  • Please do not distract the officials during a competition.

Coaching of your child

Please accept our assurance that during lessons and training the coaches do their best to be fair to all the divers. However, divers do not all progress at the same pace. There will be difficult times for each diver in response to which the coach has to devote extra time and attention to help them over some hurdle. This will inevitably result in other divers receiving a little less attention at that time. In the longer term, however, these imbalances even out. So if you think your child is being 'ignored' at any time, please try to take 'the longer view'. You are at liberty to contact the coach (outside lessons/sessions) to seek reassurance and if that is not forthcoming you may then approach the Head Coach.

Judging of your child

Suppose you think your child is being marked down by the judges (or by one judge!) in a competition? Well, it wouldn't be the first time such a charge was made. Firstly we assure you that our judges do try to be fair. However they can make mistakes - even if they don't look human! Given that judging is a subjective activity several safeguards have been built into the judging process:

  • There are internationally agreed rules and guidance on how and what to judge so that the deductions for technical infringements are standardised. (In the case of novices, low awards may result from some infringement)
  • To guard against anything from a genuine mistake to a deliberate bias by a judge, the highest and lowest awards are discarded, leaving only the 'middle' three awards to be used for the calculations.
  • After an event the Referee is empowered to analyse the judges awards and require a judge to explain particular awards or apparent bias. To judge at international events, judges must have passed an exam, 'worked their way up the ladder' and will have been assessed many times. If they then fail to judge to an 'acceptable' standard they will be downgraded or even dropped from the list of approved judges.

If you are still concerned about the judging of your child you should seek an opportunity to speak to their coach who will probably be able to explain why points are being deducted.

For those interested in helping, there is the Recording table to be staffed by people who can add-up. When recording you can often hear comments by the officials which shed more light on the awards for particular dives. However, you may miss some of the dives while you are busy completing the divesheets.