If you've received an email stating your child has asked for access to AquaZone or are simply seeking more information on the new Swim England online magazine and community then you can find it here.
What is AquaZone?
It’s an interactive online magazine and community for 9-15 year old Category 2 Swim England members at English clubs, whether they be swimmers, divers, synchro swimmers or water polo players. Packed with news, interviews, features, reader letters and competitions, it has evolved from the paper-based Aqua Zone that used to be posted out every three months to members.
The online magazine part offers a great feed of news, interviews, competitions, and more, and the social community bit includes timelines, a club hub, community chats, achievements and other great social stuff to help club members support each other, wherever they swim.
How do my kids access the site?
When first visiting this site they will need to register. Once registered, they will use a username and password for subsequent visits.
During registration children are asked to enter a parental email address. You may have received one of these already. Please note: Parents need to click the link in the email if they DO NOT want their child to access the site.
If the parent or guardian does not click the link the child can use the site.
Once an AquaZoner, your child will be able to enter competitions on the site.
We do not pass on any of the details of competition entrants and your child's details are only used to administer the competition. We will never ask for any personal information from them. Prizes won will be sent to the address associated to their Swim England Membership.
Prizes can be online vouchers from Amazon, Apple store or Google Play, or prizes from vetted advertisers such as Speedo.
Your child will also be able to send letters for publication to AquaZone. They can attach a head shot and a general image of their club or something else. Only images compliant with Wavepower will be allowed on the site. All images go to the moderator and anyone sending offensive images will be seen as breaking the website Pool Rules.
Is it safe?
We take security seriously. As well as offering parental opt-out, AquaZone access is also linked to the Swim England membership database. Only young athletes on the database can sign up.
AquaZone has a full-time moderator continually monitoring the site, as well as a universal report button accessible from all areas of the site.
The moderator will also be spot testing accounts at random to ensure the community is safe.
We are working with the Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) and our child safeguarding experts to ensure we have the right safeguards in place.
You can contact the Swim England Safeguarding Team directly on 01509 640 270 to discuss any issues with them or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is there an Acceptable Use Policy?
Yes, AquaZone has an Acceptable Use Policy (known as our 'Pool Rules'). There is also further guidance here on what will happen should those rules be broken. You can access these without having to log in to the website.
In cases where the Swim England Child Safeguarding team are concerned that unacceptable behaviour within AquaZone could also be taking place within the club environment, they will contact the club to discuss this further and advise as appropriate.
For any further information please use the form on the contact page here.