The welfare officer for Penguins is Polly Mullen, who can be contacted at pollymullen@outlook.com or on 07886 733 122.

Conduct Committee Members: Andrew Brown, Helen Giles, Emma Hinkins, Jeannette Kelly, Sue Rees, Becca Monks, Ellie Bourdeaux and Polly Mullen.


Bristol Penguin Code of Conduct

All swimmers, parents, coaches and committee members for Penguins are expected to comply with our code of conduct as outlined below.

The Club shall comply with Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) guidelines and code of ethics as defined in the ASA handbook. The Club will conform to the Child Protection Act.

  • Behaviour and personal conduct must at all times be of a high standard and reflect a good impression of the club and the sport.
  • All members should treat others as equal, with respect and without prejudice.
  • Swimmers should treat other people’s property with respect and hand all “found” property to a person in charge.
  • Language in public or group situations must always be appropriate and socially acceptable and not cause offence.
  • No activities outside the swimming pool which create noise, nuisance or danger will be allowed, including ball games, climbing etc.
  • All teachers/ coaches must act in a mature appropriate manner, whatever the provocation.
  • Swimmers, parents, coaches and teachers, committee members, officials and volunteers should have read and abide to the specific items in the ‘ASA Wavepower’ Code of Conduct (see file below).

Code of Conduct for committee members, officials and volunteers

Code of Conduct for Coaches and Teachers

Parent’s Code of Conduct

Member’s Code of Conduct

Swimmers may not be allowed to join a session if they arrive late.

Any swimmer who feels unfairly treated by a coach or teacher should immediately contact a Conduct Committee member. If any physical or verbal abuse is made against a teacher, coach, lifeguard or any other member of Bristol Penguin Olympic Swimming club in charge or involved in training sessions / competitions, then that person has the authority to request the swimmer(s) concerned to leave the pool. The matter should be reported as soon as possible to the Conduct Committee in writing with evidence from independent observers provided, where possible.

Furthermore, anyone who through their actions brings the name of the club into disrepute may be suspended immediately from attending training sessions and competition selection until the matter has been fully investigated by the committee and a decision made on what further action, if necessary, is to be taken.


Illness or Injury

It is the responsibility of the parent/carer/athlete to inform BPOSC if they have suffered a serious illness or injury or have been given a new diagnosis of an illness that could affect their swimming. If this is the case, please contact Polly Mullen.

All members must follow the BPOSC Protocol Return to Train and the BPOSC return to training agreement

After a minor illness/injury including coughs and colds, minor abrasions, an athlete may return to training and/or competition as soon as fully recovered.  Athletes should not swim with chest, throat, vomiting or diarrhoea, ear infections or high temperature and should not return to training after vomiting or diarrhoea for at least two weeks.