PIA Role


What is the Parent in Attendance (PIA)?

A parent must be in attendance (PIA), on duty, for each scheduled swimming session.

A roster of PIA is posted on both the club website and on the club notice board in LL during the last week of every month for the following month.

A roster is also put up about a week before ‘holiday camps’. Swimming sessions may be cancelled if there is no PIA.

It is the responsibility of the parent rostered to arrange a swap with another parent if they are unable to be present at their appointed time.

The parent in attendance (PIA) should:


  • Arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled training session.
  • Collect the PIA folder from
  • The coach also has a PIA folder for use if you cannot locate the folder at reception and for training at other venues.
  • Admit Galway Swimming Club swimmers.

At the poolside:

  • Introduce him/herself to the coach
  • Observe the swimming session from the viewing area.

   At the changing area:

  • Observe the behaviour of swimmers in the changing area for 10 minutes after the session.
  • Observation should take place from an open area of the changing area, for example at the lifeguard’s room.
  • The parent in attendance should remain in the open area and should not go into individual cubicles.
  • Parents in attendance should not get involved in disciplining a swimmer(s).

At the end of session:

  • Record any incidents they observed during the training session in the parent in attendance sheet
  • Record any reports given to them by coaches or
  • A major incident should be recorded in the Incident form located in the PIA folder, placed in the accompanying envelope and left in the PIA folder.
  • The incident should also be reported to a committee member whose telephone numbers are in the file.
  • Sign the parent in attendance sheet and return the GSC folder to reception
  • The parent- in- attendance sheets are important club records and should not be removed from the folder.

Many thanks for your cooperation with this Swim Ireland directive.