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Returning to Pool Guidance


The Government is removing remaining domestic restrictions in England and has 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.

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

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

Our Covid-19 Toolkit includes archive links to resources, including webinar recordings and guidance on group numbers, which helped ensure all our disciplines, clubs, members and workforce could return to action when permitted to do so.

Click on the menu items under Your Sports for more information on specific disciplines.

Sporting Disciplines

Somerset ASA usually holds Championships annually for

  • Swimming
    • Our Championships are usually held annually and within a date window set by Swim England. 
      • View news item with
        - Program, Qualifying Times, Para QTs, and Conditions for the event, and
        - (for Club Meet contacts) Hy-tek files

        Officials: we will need your support! Please sign-up here. Thank you!
      • Our thanks go to all the Coaches, Team Managers, Meet Management Team, Officials and Volunteers who supported our return to championship competition at Millfield in 2022. View news item.
      • Swim England announced that the normal window for 2021 would be suspended.
      • View details of our 2020 event held in Jan/Feb at Millfield, Street. 
    • Somerset stages a two day Swimming Development Meet (25m) 
      • The Meet is open to members of clubs affiliated to Somerset ASA who are eligible to compete and registered in accordance with Swim England laws and technical rules. All competitors must be Swim England Club Compete registered prior to submitting entries.
      • We are extremely grateful to our Meet team, Coaches, Team Managers, Officials, Volunteers and Parents for helping us deliver another successful Development Meet at Millfield over 1 & 2 October 2022. View news item.
      • Thank you to everyone who helped support safe delivery of the Develpment Meet at Hutton Moor, Weston-super-Mare over 30/31 Oct 2021 - see Kelly Podbury's summary here.
        Unfortunately the 2020 competition was cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions in force.
    • Please can Clubs encourage their Officials and Volunteers to offer to support our Meets. Each and every contribution is valued and appreciated. The Meets simply cannot run without your help. Thank you in anticipation
    • Proposed dates for 2023 Swim England SW competitions
      • 22-23 Apr 2023: Age Group Summer Champs, Millfield School
      • 29,30 Apr and 1 May: Youth Swimmer Champs, Plymouth Life Centre
      • 6-7th May: Age Group Summer Champs, Hengrove Leisure Centre
      • 3-5 Nov: Winter Champs, Millfield School
      Click here for Meet Conditions and Qualifying Times.
  • Open Water (June / July)
    • The Swim England South West Open Water Swimming Championships which include the Somerset Open Water Championships were held on 2 July 2022 at Lake 86 in the Cotswold Water Park nr Cirencester. Age Group distances: 2km (12 & 13 Yrs), 3km (14 & 15 Yrs) and 5km (16 Yrs & over) There was also a 1km taster event for those new to open water.
      The Masters and Senior Championship distances for ages 18 Yrs & Over::2km, 3km & 5km. 
      Masters age groups: 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-49, 50- 59, 60+.
    • Cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Counties and Regions were to be consulted to ensure that participation in the Regional Open Water Championships was not affected by any decision on new window dates for 2021. 
  • Masters (May) - Cancelled in 2020 and 2021 
  • Artistic Swimming - formerly known as Synchro.  (Sep / Oct) 
    • If competitors reach a standard set by the County Artistic Swimming Secretary)
    • A Somerset County Novice Competition and County Championships 2022 were held on 1 Oct at Station Road Pool, Taunton. View report.
    • Cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Under review to resume.
  • Water Polo (by November) at Senior level
    • Cancelled in 2020 and 2021.


Parents and carers of participants under the age of 18 who wish to take images at events are requested to focus on their own children as much as reasonably possible and to avoid including other children in images, particularly if those images are being shared with family and friends or through social media platforms.

Whilst it is acknowledged that parents / carers wish to celebrate the achievements of their own children when taking part in aquatic events, it should be recognised and respected that other parents / carers may not wish for their child’s image to be taken and shared in this way.

View Swim England’s Filming and Photography Policy.

There is useful information about child welfare in Swim England’s Wavepower document.