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Returning to Pools Guidance Documents

Swim England published comprehensive Return to Pools Guidance ahead of pools being allowed to reopen in July.

Seven detailed documents were created based on the latest scientific advice and Government guidelines. We will be updating these where necessary to reflect the Government’s new three-tier approach to dealing with Covid-19.

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.

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

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 12 October we’ve updated our FAQs which you can find here.