Safe Sport

Open & Observable Environments

Open & Observable Environments

At Swimming Canada we encourage the Rule of Two by promoting Open and Observable Environments.

Open and Observable Environments mean making meaningful and concerted efforts to avoid situations where a coach/official/staff member, etc. might be alone with an athlete.All interactions between an athlete and an individual who is in a position of trust should normally, and wherever possible, be in an environment or space that is both “open” and “observable” to others.

For example, instead of having one on one athlete/coach conversations behind closed doors, the conversation would occur in an observable environment like a hotel lobby while at competition or at the opposite end of the pool deck during training.

At the National level, Swimming Canada is committed to creating open and observable environments at all national team events, including training camps and competitions, as well as at the High Performance Centres.