Turtles Swimming Club

Constitution & Rules


The Approved Turtles Constitution (AGM June 9th 2018)

1.      1.  Name

The name of the club shall be known as the ‘Turtles Swimming Club’

2.      2.  Objects

To encourage, promote and develop the art of swimming and provide respite for disabled persons.


  3. Membership

a.)   Membership shall be open to: -

 1. All persons with a disability.
 2. All persons who undertake to give instruction on behalf of the Club and/or assist in   the running of the Club.

b.)   Persons admitted under clause 3(a).1 shall be required to complete a membership form, which will include a declaration of suitability to undertake pool activities.

c.)   Each disabled member shall be entitled to bring two relatives/friends to each session. These relatives/friends are not entitled to be present in the absence of the disabled member, or if the disabled member is unable to swim. These relatives/friends shall be enrolled as club members.


d)   Family membership— although the general rule is that the club allows only 2 relatives or friends, the families of disabled members can apply for family membership to include up to 2 adults and any children under 16. All family members are expected to pay membership subscriptions.

e.)   Juniors (16 years or under in the year of payment) shall at all times be accompanied or be under the supervision of a responsible adult.

f.)   Helpers may not bring visitors.

 g.)    Concessions to Clauses 3c, 3d & 3e may be granted on application to the Committee. The decision of the Committee shall be final. On approval, visitors may attend pool sessions on payment of the appropriate fee. All persons admitted under this concession, shall be enrolled as temporary members of the club for insurance purposes.

 h.)   Any non-disabled member or carer may not attend the pool session without their disabled member.  However, a non disabled member may attend in the capacity of carer to another disabled member which needs to be communicated at session registration.


i.)   Members acting in the capacity of a designated Club Volunteer Helper for that session shall be entitled to bring their children under the age of 16 for that particular swim session providing they are registered members.

 j.)     Turtles Swimming Club is unable to provide 1:1 support for disabled members for the duration of the swimming session. Disabled members requiring a high level of support need to bring their own carer (who will also need to be registered as a member or a guest) who will be responsible for that member both in and out of the water.

 k.)     Membership shall not be limited in any way subject to compliance with the conditions above and, with the exception of the following criteria:

(1)  The committee may decide and publish a maximum club membership number and implement a waiting list should this number be reached, the implementation date and policy for managing such a waiting list must be published 2 months prior to implementation.

(2)  The committee may decide and publish a maximum pool capacity for each swimming session. Any member who arrives at registration after that threshold has been reached will either be turned away or be instructed to wait at poolside until authorised to enter the pool by the Senior Committee member present, (Chair, Chief Instructor, H&S rep, Secretary etc). The authorising party may use their discretion based upon water utilisation to authorise entry into the water. The committee must publish the maximum pool capacity 2 months prior to implementing.

 l.)    The committee reserves the right to waive membership fees at its entire discretion.

 m.)     The prioritisation and allocation of resources is decided by the qualified instructors present at any swim session. These instructors will be identified as ‘Swim Teachers’. Swimming tuition is available to all members, but priority is given to disabled members. No member has a ‘right’ to tuition or to a specific time period of tuition.


n.)  The committee and its volunteers can not be responsible for organising/ delivering transport to the membership.


    4. Officers & Committee Members


 a)   The officers shall consist of: -

1.  Chair
2.  Vice Chair
3.  Secretary
4.  Treasurer
5.  Vulnerable Adult & Child Protection Officer                                                                     

6.  Assistant Secretary
7.  Chief Instructor
8.  Competition Secretary

 In addition, the elected Chair may, from time to time, propose the additional election of an Honorary Club President. All Officers shall serve in an honorary capacity.


b)    The Committee shall consist of the Officers, together with six other members to be elected at the AGM, by ballot if necessary. At least three of the elected Committee shall be disabled.


c)    A Quorum for the Committee shall be fifty percent (50%) of its elected Committee Members.


d)    Each member of the Committee shall have one vote. The Chairman shall have ONE vote only, that being the casting vote.


e)    The Committee shall have the power to fill vacancies and appoint such other members as they deem necessary. Such members shall have no vote.


 f)     The Committee shall have the power to discipline club members for any reported and proven offence including contravention of: - 

1.    The rules and regulations of the Council and the Pool Management
2.    The rules of the Club and / or Club Officers
3.    Unruly conduct contrary to the general safety of club members.                             

      5. Disciplinary Procedures

 a)    The committee reserve the right to take action against members whose behaviour may be detrimental to others.   Aggressive or unruly members will be warned as a first step but the club’s Disciplinary Procedures will be enforced should there be a reoccurrence.

b)    If any Club member considers that another member(s) should be disciplined or expelled they must inform the Chair as soon as practicable, in writing, stating the reasons why that action should be taken.

c)   On receipt of an allegation the Chair will appoint a Reviewing Sub-Committee, consisting of three members not involved as witnesses, who will consider the evidence. The Reviewing Sub-Committee shall report their findings to the Committee as soon as practicable.

d)    If the Reviewing Sub-Committee is not satisfied that the evidence is sufficient to support an offence under ‘Committee, Clause 4 (f), this shall be recorded in the minutes.

e)    If the Reviewing Sub-Committee is satisfied the evidence is sufficient they may recommend that: -
            1)   The member(s) is expelled from the Club.
            2)   The member(s) receives a formal written warning.

f.)    If the Reviewing Sub-Committee is unable to agree a unanimous recommendation, a majority decision will prevail.  Having made their recommendations, the Reviewing Sub-Committee will have no further involvement in the proceedings.

g)    The Chair must inform the member(s) directly involved in writing, of the Reviewing Sub-Committee’s findings. The Chair must also inform the accused member(s) of the details of the allegation together with a summary of the evidence.

h)     Should the Reviewing Sub-Committee recommend action as at 5.e. above, the accused member(s) may appeal and ask for their case to be considered by a quorate meeting of Committee Members. The appeal will be presided over by the Chair, or by another member appointed by the Chair, to act in his or her capacity. The majority decision of those Committee Members present will be binding.

i)     If an appeal to the full Committee is to be held the Chair must notify the accused member(s) of the date, time and place of the meeting. This notification must be delivered personally to the last known address of the member(s), which will be accepted as Proof of Notification. This must be done within one month of the Reviewing Sub-Committee making its recommendations. These arrangements must be mutually convenient.  

 j)    At the appeal the accused member(s) may be accompanied by a friend. If the accused member(s) fail to appear before the Committee Meeting, the case may be heard in their absence, providing the Chair of the meeting is satisfied that the accused member(s) had been properly informed of the date, time and place of the meeting and that the meeting may proceed in their absence.

     6. Annual General Meeting

a)   The Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall be held on the second (2nd) Saturday in May, or at such time and place as may be determined by the Committee, provided that every General Meeting except the first, shall be held not more than fifteen months after holding the last preceding meeting.

b)   The Notice of the Meeting shall be publicly posted at least twenty-one (21) days before the Meeting.

c)   In the absence of the Chair or Vice-chair, the Meeting may elect a Chair from the members present at the meeting.

d)   The business at the AGM shall include:-
            1. Minutes of the last Meeting.
            2. Approval of the Annual Accounts and Treasurer’s Report.
            3. Officers' Reports.
            4. Election of Officers & Committee.
            5. Election of an Auditor.
            6. Any Other Business.

e)   Every member, including Officers shall address the Chair. When more than one member wishes to speak, the first to signify shall be given preference, the decision resting with the Chair.

f)    A Quorum for the AGM shall be twenty (20) members personally present, three (3) or more of whom shall be Committee members.

       7. Extra-Ordinary General Meeting

a)   An Extra-Ordinary General Meeting (EGM) may be called at the discretion of the Committee, or at the request of ten (10) members of the Club.

 b)   The Meeting shall discuss only the business for which the meeting was called.

 c)   A Quorum for the Extra-Ordinary General Meeting shall be fifteen (15) members personally present, three (3) or more of whom shall be Committee members.

 d)   Any EGM must be held within 45 days of being called. The Meeting must be publicised to all members via a visible notice at the pool and via the member's email addresses supplied. The Motion proposed at the meeting must also be communicated with the above.

   8. Finance

a)   The Treasurer, or appointed nominee, shall present at the AGM an audited account of the state of affairs of the Club, made up to the 31st of March.

     9. Subscriptions

a)   Subscriptions, for membership of the Turtles Swimming Club, are to be set and communicated to the membership 60 days ahead of any proposed change and any change to the membership rates will be recorded at the AGM as part of the Treasurer's Report.  

 b)   A Visitor Fee shall become payable under Clause 3f, as set at the AGM.

    10. Governance


a)   Subject to the following provisions of this clause, the Constitution may be altered by a resolution passed by not less than two thirds of the Members present and voting at an Annual General Meeting. The Notice of the Annual General Meeting must include Notice of the Resolution, setting out the terms of the alteration proposed.

b)   No amendment may be made to Name, Objects, Dissolution or this Clause without the prior consent, in writing, of the Charity Commissioners.

c)   No amendment may be made which would have the effect of making the Charity cease to be a charity in law.

    11. Dissolution

a)   If the Committee decides that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Charity it shall call a Meeting of all the members of the Charity, of which not less than 21 days notice (stating the Terms of the Resolution to be proposed) shall be given. If the Proposal is confirmed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting, the Committee shall have the power to realise any assets held by or on behalf of the Charity.

b)   Any assets remaining, after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities, shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution, having objects similar to the Objects of the Charity, as the Members of the Charity may determine, or failing that, shall be applied for some other charitable purpose. A copy of the Statement of Accounts, or Account and Statement, for the Final Accounting Period of the Charity shall be sent to the Charity Commissioners.

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