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Health and Safety Advice for Masters Swimmers

As we get older we can still benefit from advice on how to get the most from our swimming. Here the ASA Masters Committee gives tips that may help swimmers aged from 25 to over 100, although they could be of benefit to swimmers of all ages!


  • Know your limits. Have regard for your age and state of health. Do not try to emulate younger swimmers to the detriment of your own well being.
  • Do not train or compete if you are ill or are feeling overtired or unwell, particularly if you have a virus infection.
  • Do not swim within two hours of a heavy meal.
  • Be responsible for your own safety and consider the safety of others, and immediately report any poolside/pool hazard to the lifeguards, or at a competition, the warm up Marshalls or the Referee.

Diving in the Pool

  • Always check that the water depth is suitable before diving or jumping in, and beware of any obstructions under water, such as underwater cameras, or other objects at major competitions.
  • Do not dive into swimming lanes except under the instruction of a coach.
  • In competition warm-ups, dive or do backstroke starts only in designated sprint lanes.
  • Never dive when to do so would endanger other swimmers.


  • Take care when putting on and removing goggles, carelessness can cause serious eye damage
  • Never swim alone or without a lifeguard present, however competent you may be.
  • Always swim in the same direction as the other swimmers in the lane.
  • Be aware that collisions with other swimmers can cause serious injury.
  • Always obey the instructions of competition warm up marshals.

On the Poolside

  • Beware of slippery areas, especially where steps or stairs are likely to be wet.
  • Always wear footwear in the spectator areas.
  • Pay attention to safety announcements, and read safety notices, both posted at the pool or distributed with competitor information.

These guidelines are intended to cover swimming in public sessions, club sessions, training sessions, and competition.

If you have any suggestions for improvements, please send your ideas to the Masters Administrator, Lindsay Biro-Moore.

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