Returning to Pools Guidance Documents and FAQs

Swimming pool users will have to adapt to a ‘new normal’ to ensure the safety of everyone visiting and working within facilities, according to guidance published by Swim England.

The National Governing Body has issued its ‘Return to the Pool’ advice ahead of the Government giving the green light for the return to water.

Included in five detailed documents are robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimmers, family-fun session, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons.

The guidance is based on the latest scientific advice and Government guidelines and will be updated to reflect any changes announced in the future.

It has been developed following lengthy consultation with Public Health England, Sport England, leisure operators, home country partners and a panel of representatives from clubs, swim schools, volunteers and other key stakeholders across the country, including medical professionals.

The Swim England Guidance specifically covers the use of the pool. All advice around leisure centre’s wider space, such as reception and changing rooms, will be issued by the Government at a later date.


Please click here to download and read the Return to Pool Guidance document.

Following the launch of the guidance document, Swim England have put together Frequently Asked Questions to further support clubs in planning their return to the pool.



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