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Returning to Pools Guidance Documents

Swim England published comprehensive Return to Pools Guidance which you can access further down the page.

Seven detailed documents were created based on the latest scientific advice and Government guidelines. We will be update these when required whenever the government updates its own guidance which the Government has stated it expects to do the week commencing 5th April for indoor facilities.

In the meantime, please do look at some of the frequently asked questions (FAQs) via the link further down this page.

The guidance includes robust recommendations for clubs, community swimming, school swimming, swimming lessons, users and specific details for the return to competitive training and matches for water polo.

The Government has issued guidance for “Providers of grassroots sport and gym/leisure facilities”. Providers of aquatic activity should review this alongside the Swim England guidance below.

Click or tap below to download the Returning to Pools Guidance for clubs, community swimming, operators, swimming lessons, and pool users.

If you require any of the guidance in another format, e.g large print, then please contact us at guidance@swimming.org and we will be happy to provide it. If your question relates to your club or club sessions then please email clubguidance@swimming.org

The documents can be accessed via this link – Swim England Returning to Pools Guidance.

We have also put together Guidance for Virtual Teaching and Coaching for you to use.

Returning to Pools Supporting Documents

Each document contain links and advice for returning to pools.

They also contain reference to a series of additional resources, images and videos, which you can view and download on our supporting documents page.


Following the latest announcement from the Government on 22 February we’ve updated our FAQs which you can find here.

We also have a set of FAQs relating to the Return to Competition.