Swim England

A nation swimming

Guidance for hosting competitive events

A key aspect of running a pool is ensuring a safe environment when hosting competitive events for Swim England clubs.

The set-up of competitive events is generally the responsibility of the pool operator. There may be limited input from the promoter or organiser, but responsibility belongs with the operator.

To aid pool operators run events, Swim England’s facilities team has developed a range of guidance covering lane management to risk assessments.

You can access these below. If you have any questions about any of the guidance then email the facilities team at [email protected], or call them on 01509 640 258.

Risk assessments

Our facilities team has guidance on undertaking risk assessments for competitive diving and swimming events. They include a risk assessment checklist for you to work through.



  • Diving competitions risk assessment guidance and checklist. Download here.

General Safety Guidance

Our facilities team has developed a range of general guidance to help pools. Subjects covered include minimum water depths and supervision of young club swimmers.


All Sports

  • Water depths and activities guidance. Download here.
  • The use of electrical equipment near pools. Download here.
  • Guidance on water temperature. Download here.
  • Supervision of young club swimmers in changing rooms. Download here.
  • Advice on diving into swimming pools (document unavailable – under review).