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Returning to Pool Guidance


The Government publishes guidance which sets out information for the public and sport providers on whether it is permitted to participate in grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID-19 restrictions, and if so how.

Swim England regularly updates its FAQs with its interpretation of what the restrictions mean for facilities, how it affects our sports and learn to swim lessons, travel and the impact on clubs. The FAQs will be updated on an ongoing basis where necessary.

The Government has published its ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ which sets out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England and explains how the restrictions included in the guidance will be lifted over time. Read about the changes which happened on 12 Apr. Please familarise yourself with what you can and cannot do as the national lockdown is eased and follow the guidance in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

The Covid-19 Toolkit links to resources, including webinar recordings and guidance on group numbers, which will help ensure all our disciplines, clubs, members and workforce can return to action when permitted to do so, subject to evidence.

Swim England Returning to Pool guidance documents include robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons.

  • Club Guidance
  • Community Swimming and Instructor Led Guidance
  • Operator Guidance
  • Swimming Lessons Guidance
  • User Guidance
  • Returning to Training Guidance for Coaches.
  • Returning to the Pool Guidance for School Swimming
  • Advice for Clubs and members travelling abroad
  • Specific guidance for water polo clubs
  • Land Training Guidance

Returning to Competition

Swim England is to begin issuing licenses for level four single club competitions in time for Step 3 of the Government’s roadmap out of the coronavirus lockdown.Published guidance will be followed up with a webinar on 21 April to answer questions on how to plan and stage a meet / gala. View news item.

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

Somerset ASA usually hold Championships annually for

  • Swimming - view details (19/25/26 Jan & 1/2/8/9 Feb 2020) at Millfield, Street. Swim England has announced that the normal window for 2021 will be suspended and an alternative window now run from late May until 18 July 2021, with a further racing opportunity opening up for counties later in the year so older swimmers sitting exams will be given the chance to participate at an appropriate time. 
  • Open Water (June / July) - Cancelled in 2020. Counties and Regions will be consulted to ensure that participation in the Regional Open Water Championships is not affected by the above decision on the new window dates for 2021.
  • Masters (May) - Cancelled in 2020
  • Artistic Swimming (formerly known as Synchro) if competitors reach a standard set by the County Artistic Swimming Secretary (Sep / Oct ) - Cancelled in 2020; and
  • Water Polo (by November) at Senior level - Cancelled in 2020.

Somerset usually stages a two day Swimming Development Meet but had to cancel the competition originally scheduled for 3/4 October 2020. See news item.


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.