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Covid 19 Toolkit

WHO advice re swimming

World Health Organization advice for when swimming is not a restricted activity.


With regard to returning to training and competition, it is Somerset ASA's view that participation cannot be without risk. For those participating in training or events, please familiarise yourselves with venue and Club guidance and the risks associated with the Covid-19 virus.

Our duty of care requires us to follow Government and Public Health England guidance and take all reasonable and proportionate steps to implement processes and protocols recommended by our NGB in order to reduce these risks. Please understand and adhere to the processes and protocols which we put in place for Somerset ASA training sessions and events and by doing so, you will help protect your health and the health of other members, volunteers, staff and other users of any facility we use.

The Government removed remaining domestic restrictions in England and published its plan for living with COVID-19. From 24 Feb in England you are not legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people. You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to test twice a week. View Government updates.

Swim England’s guidance documents are available to view at: https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/pool-return-guidance-documents/

Click here to see what England's move to Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown had meant for sport and recreation from 19 July 2021. 

Returning to Pool GuidanceSwim England Guidance for Running Safe Events

View Dec 2021 updated Swim England guidance for all disciplines and competition.

Swim England strongly encouraged athletes, coaches, teachers, volunteers and spectators to wear face coverings where possible following the announcement of additional Covid restrictions by the Government (news item).

The Government’s ‘Plan B’ announcement was made around face coverings, working from home and Covid passports for large events in a bid to slow down the spread of the Omicron strain of coronavirus.

Swim England waits for the Government to publish its full guidance about what anychanges mean before updating its own guidance.

Swim England removed its Return to Pool Guidance and supporting documents - 19 July 2021.

Its Covid FAQs page should hopefully answer any questions you have but if you still have any queries please do not hesitate to email:

Updated Swim England Covid Guidance included some minor amendments to Swim England’s competition guidance for swimming and the health declaration form.

The Government issued guidance for “Providers of grassroots sport and gym / leisure facilities”. Providers of aquatic activity should review this.

The documents can be accessed via this link – Swim England Returning to Pools Guidance.

Swim England has also put together Guidance for Virtual Teaching and Coaching for you to use.

Swim England published guidance in Oct 2021 on the return to competitive training and grade days for artistic swimming.

Returning to Pools Supporting Documents

Each document contain links and advice for returning to pools. They also contain reference to a series of additional resources, images and videos, which you can view and download on Swim England's supporting documents page.

Before returning to training, clubs were required to

  • revisit and update their risk assessments with any relevant changes.
  • resend their return to training declaration form for all athletes returning - a revised version of this is available from Swim England.
  • ask for an updated health survey unless this was already covered when completing 2021 renewal returns.

Returning to Competition

Swim England began issuing licenses for level four single club competitions in time for Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown. Swim England published guidance which was followed up with a webinar for event organisers (download pdf) on 21 April to answer questions on how to plan and stage a meet / gala. A set of Frequently Asked Questions has been developed which will continue to be updated on an ongoing basis where necessary.

Swim England South West arranged further COVID-19 Lead training for officers who ;lead on this area within its clubs on these Spring 2021 dates via Zoom, further to discussions held on 14 & 20 July 2020, 4 & 11 August 2020 and 15 Dec 2020. It provided another opportunity for leads to talk and share ideas between clubs.

Any personal or fitness trainer was reminded to register with a council first if they want to use open spaces for training sessions and include a risk assessment explaining how social distancing will be maintained.

View Swim England COVID-19 Club Support Toolkit.

Swim England's FAQs have been updated.

Institute of Swimming 

So our members, swimming teachers, and partners were able to implement Government and Swim England guidance safely and effectively, the Institute of Swimming provided free training. A series of three webinars were initially created and delivered with Swim England which were packaged into five videos

You will find guidance below with links that can be referenced by venues / organisations operating under any local restrictions, and for information purposes only for facilities which have not been permitted to reopen.


View satement from Howden: Member update following the Business Interruption FCA test case

DCMS / Government

The Government removed remaining domestic restrictions in England and published its plan for living with COVID-19. From 24 Feb in England you will not be legally required to self-isolate if you test positive for COVID-19. Stay at home if you can and avoid contact with other people. You will not have to take daily tests or be legally required to self-isolate following contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Staff and students in most education and childcare settings no longer need to test twice a week. View Government updates.

View summary of  November 2021 update to DfE 'Schools COVID-19 operational guidance'  The changes primarily relate to the protection measures that have been introduced due to the Omicron variant.

View guidance on the changes at Step 4 for people who work in grassroots sport and gym / leisure facilities.

View guidance for the public, providers of outdoor sport facilities, elite athletes, personal trainers and coaches on the phased return of sport and recreation in England.

View information and advice for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations during the coronavirus outbreak covering:

  • Guidance for those working in these sectors
  • Guidance about funding and fundraising
  • The role of volunteers
  • Guidance on digital/technical support
  • Business offers of support

Sport and Recreation Alliance

The Alliance updates its website to include the latest government guidance and changes in COVID-19 restrictions and provides further information on what this means for the sport and recreation sector as it is made available.

See what England's move to Step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown means for sport and recreation from 19 July.

View COVID-19 Business Support Measures FAQs for the sport and recreation sector.

Sport England

With England moving out of Plan B restrictions, Sport England updated their Covid guidance FAQs for sport and physical activity.

Discover the latest physical activity attitudes and behaviours during the coronavirus pandemic in Sport England's Covid Briefing.

Sport England previously updated its Frequently Asked Questions re the move to Step 4 in England from 19 July. Other resources helped plan for a safe return and supported the sector to keep staff, volunteers, members and people taking part informed of their responsibilities around social distancing and hygiene, will work alongside both existing and forthcoming government guidance and include

  • Inclusion and accessibility guidance – helping you to understand who can get active, how you can engage specific audiences and how to ensure your facilities are, and remain, accessible to all when allowed to reopen.
  • Clubs toolkit - Club Matters guidance helped sports clubs prepare for reopening, how to develop a risk register, tips to enforce social distancing, and more.
  • Support for the professional workforce – including advice on staffing considerations for paid work as well as support available.
  • Volunteering guidance – setting out some of the main considerations to help your volunteers return safely, well-informed and prepared.
  • Managing liability and risk guidance – to give providers, be they clubs, governing bodies, community groups or regional associations, advice on what issues need considering and how they might tackle them in order to safely return to play.
  • Hygiene Guidance Resources - helping you clearly communicate key hygiene messages to people taking part in sport and physical activity.
  • Legal risks and duties of care when returning to play - Sheridan's guidance note in the context of coronavirus, shared for the benefit of all sports and physical activity providers.


View free webinars which were created to support the industry on a wide range of topics, from pool plant to health and safety.


Visit the free, online training platform launched by CIMSPA and Sport England, which was designed to equip anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector in England with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return to work or restart their coaching activity.

With some indoor fitness facilities in England able to reopen from 2 Dec 2020, CIMSPA brought together the key guidance on indoor training and group exercise in England and resources to help people working in the sector to get back to work safely and with confidence.


View guidance on outdoor exercise in UK from the NGB for Group Exercise.

Club Matters

View tips, tools and ideas to help keep your club functioning and working with your members and customers! And as some measures are being relaxed and the country is getting back to activity there is a new suite of resources to give you tips and guidance on how to do this safely! 

uk active

View their operational guidance and framework for the safe delivery of children’s activity provision during social distancing.

Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership



View sector support which helped you react and adapt to the changes we faced due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Activity Alliance

View 'Reopening Activity: An inclusive response' which was produced in consultation with partners across sport, leisure and disability equality to help providers to enable welcoming, and more accessible environments.

RNIB, British Blind Sport

View practical guidance to support the return of blind and partially sighted people to physical activity.


View the 'Return to Play' Mental Health Guidance produced by mental health charity MIND to support the health of staff, coaches, volunteers and participants.

Also view advice from Swim England sports psychologists Hannah Stoyel and Helen Davis on how to cope in a post-lockdown world.


View information to help you decide what steps you and your charity / voluntary organisation needed to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus, including involving and managing volunteers.