BWFSC (Gators) is a competitive swimming club and as such employs paid qualified teachers and coaches to undertake it’s training schedules. However we also use unpaid qualified volunteers to assist our coaching team on poolside at training, co-ordinated by the club’s Head Coach, Gavin Povall.
It is a rewarding experience working with our young swimmers on poolside and BWFSC actively encourages and supports members to obtain the relevant qualifications, from Level 1 Teaching Aquatics to Club Time Keepers and Officials. If you are a volunteer at galas or on poolside and are interested in becoming a qualified Swimming Teacher please visit our Club Policy page and click on Club Support for Teaching Qualifications..
A committee of hard working volunteers (mainly parents) undertakes the day to day running of the club, but there are always other things to do which parents and swimmers can help with from time to time. Voluntary help is what keeps any swimming club going and the club is always in need of more parents to come forward and spare a little of their time to help out.
Club Time Keepers
Would you like to become a club time keeper? It might seem a little daunting at first, but once you have done it a few times it can be good fun being in the thick of things at galas. Perhaps try your hand at time keeping at our monthly time trials to start with. To become an ‘official’ time keeper you will need to go on a short training course, but its only a few hours and nothing too daunting. Once a qualified Club Time Keeper you can move on to time keep at licensed galas.
Once a qualified time keeper, you then have the opportunity to continue training and qualify as an Official. The Officials are the folks dressed in white that you see at our Club Championships and other galas. Like the parents who administer and run the club, officials are also all volunteers who give up their time free of charge. Up until recently the club has had to rely on the goodwill of officials from other clubs to provide their time to support our galas. Year on year it becomes increasingly more difficult to find enough officials to run our meets; clubs often have to cancel open meets for this reason.
Running our home galas is an integral part of the club's structure and revenue base, not only do they benefit our own swimmers obtain those all important qualifying times, but the income from these meets enables us to financially continue to operate throughout the year. Our aim has always been to build our own team of Officials from within our own club to guarantee the continuance of our home open meet galas. We therefore urge you to get involved - thank you.
We have now 8 qualified officials and more are being mentored every gala we hold and attend.
Our Team Managers run the Mini Leagues and Essex Leagues. At these team events we require poolside helpers, one official and a time keeper to travel with the team. If your child is selected for one of the team events you could help out on poolside with the Team Manager to ensure that our swimmers don’t miss their races!
Gators Home Meets
We run 3 to 4 home meets each swimming season. To run a gala means a lot of work for the core operations team that run these events on the day, its hard work but great fun! To support the operations team, as well as a team of Officials, we also need a lot of volunteers to help on the day to ensure that the gala runs smoothly; the aim being to ensure that all the swimmers have a great day, and the parents sitting on the gallery have a great experience at one of our galas so that they will all want to come back to the next one. If your child is competing at one of our home meets, please consider helping out, its great fun, there is a good team spirit on the day and you will also get fed, as during the lunchtime session break we lay on a buffet for all the officials and volunteers.
At a gala we need volunteers to help with the following:
- Cakes - selling and/or baking
- Raffle - donating prizes and/or selling tickets on the day
- Tea and Coffee Shop
- Medals Tables - giving out the medals and marking off from the results sheets
- Door Admissions - 2 people per session selling programmes and collecting money
- Signing In Sheets - 2 people per session ensuring swimmers sign in for each of their races before the warm up
- Drinks on Poolside - distributing cold drinks on poolside to Coaches, Officials and helpers on poolside.
- Setting up timing equipment/pads before the start of the gala
- Dismantling timing equipment/pads at the end of the meet
- Runners to post results on poolside, in the viewing gallery and at the medals table
- 2 people per session to act as Marshalls to organise the swimmers in the whipping area prior to each event
- 2 announcers per session to work with the Operations Team