International Permits FAQs

We get a lot of frequently asked questions (FAQs) from clubs here at Swim England, so we thought we’d put our popular international permits FAQs together with answers for you.

If you need help with club renewal then see if you can find the answer in our international permits FAQs below. If not call the Membership Services Department on 01509 640727 or email renewals@swimming.org.

What is required from a member/club/squad who is wishing to compete or train abroad?

Members, groups of members or affiliated clubs wishing to compete, officiate, coach or train in countries outside Great Britain must apply for permission to do so by completing an International Permit and Clearance Form.

Please remember to apply for an International Permit at least 28 days before leaving the country.

Do team staff require training before taking club members away?

Key members of staff should have attended a Team Manager Training course before taking any club members away.

Do team staff require a DBS disclosure?

Yes, all team staff are required to have a valid Swim England DBS disclosure as detailed in Wavepower 2016-19.

Is there any guidance information on taking club members away?

Yes, the NSPCC's Safe Sport Events, Activities and Competitions document provides guidance on planning safely for trips away. This document can be downloaded from Child Protection In Sport Unit website.

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