As an EGTF Member, you must fulfil the obligations of being an upstanding citizen and role model to your students, your community and to the golf teaching profession. In order to maintain the EGTF standards, the organization requires strict adherence by its members to the following Code of Ethics.
–Being a Member shall be synonymous with the finest aspects of the game of golf; namely to show integrity, honour and respect at all times to those who have placed their trust in you and your professional ability.
– The public have the right to expect the best, most up-to- date and uniform instruction available; therefore, it is the duty of each member to continue to learn any new techniques or modifications in order to pass them along to those who take instruction.
– A Member should have a high sense of responsibility to the game. Professional integrity, whether it be toward a fellow instructor or client, is beneficial for all concerned.
– No Member shall sponsor or promote any equipment that has not been personally tested and proved to be of high quality. Supporting commercial enterprises for monetary gain only, rather than from a sense of conviction, might misrepresent the equipment to the public, thereby jeopardizing the integrity of the game and the EGTF.
– Members must meet their professional financial obligations promptly and conduct all business dealings in a manner befitting the standards of the EGTF.
– Members are often in the public eye; therefore, it is essential to present a picture of true sportsmanship and good behaviour. In a golf environment, privileges are often accorded, and under no circumstances should these be taken as a right, nor should they be abused so as to cause embarrassment to any professional, student, or those in charge of operating the golf facility.
– As golf is a game enjoyed by many in their formative years, Members have a responsibility to the youth of the World by setting an example for them to follow.
– When physical contact between teacher and pupil occurs it must be ensured that no action on the instructor's part could be misconstrued and that all EGTF guidelines on this matter are followed.
– Members must not encourage golfers to violate the rules of golf. Members should actively seek to discourage such action and encourage pupils to obey the spirit of the rules.
– Members must be prepared to respond to success and failure in a dignified manner. Members should encourage their pupils to act in a similar manner.
– Members must not display any affiliation with an organization in a manner that falsely implies sponsorship or accreditation by that organization.
– Members must consistently display high personal standards and project a favourable image of golf to pupils, their parents/ families, other coaches, officials, spectators, the media and the general public.
– Personal appearance is a matter of individual taste. As an EGTF member you have an obligation to project an image of health, cleanliness and functional efficiency.
– Members should never smoke whilst teaching.
– Members should not drink alcohol so soon before teaching that it would affect their competence to teach, compromise the safety of the pupil or obviously indicate they had been drinking (e.g. Smell of alcohol on breath)
– Within the limits of their control, members have a responsibility to ensure as far as possible the safety of the pupils with whom they work.
– All reasonable steps should be taken to establish a safe working environment.
– The work undertaken and the manner in which it is done should be in keeping with the regular and approved practice as determined by the EGTF.
– The activity undertaken should be suitable for the age, physical and emotional maturity, experience and ability of the pupil.
– Members have a duty to protect children from harm and abuse.
– Pupils should have been systematically prepared for the activity and made aware of their personal responsibilities in terms of safety.
– Members should arrange adequate insurance to cover all aspects of their teaching practice.
– Members should be proficient in First Aid for golf.