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Returning to Competition FAQs

Further to the publication of swimming Return to Competition guidance document and our webinar to event organisers where we provided further support in relation to planning and delivering swimming meets, a set of Frequently Asked Questions has been developed.

Click or tap the panels below to reveal the answer to each question.

We will continue to update the below on an ongoing basis where necessary.

If you have a question that is not answered below please do email ekaterina.boyd@swimming.org if your query relates to club competition activity.

Returning to Competition FAQs

Swim England has published a Return to Competition guidance document which outlines to event organisers the considerations and details further support to enable effective planning and safe delivery of face-to-face swimming meets. The guidance document is subject to current Government guidance and may require further updates.

To provide further support and to bring the document to life, a webinar presentation and recording (along with these FAQs) are also available for event organisers to view and use for further guidance.

Return to Competition Guidance

Event organisers webinar presentation - pdf

Return to Competition webinar - video

No, however we cannot be fully certain of the extent of easing of restrictions by this target date until it is confirmed closer to the time by the Government. Event organisers should continue closely liaising with their respective venue operators, who may have own rules on venue capacities, and continue checking Government guidelines.

Subject to the Government roadmap for easing of restrictions, Level 4 single club meets can take place from 17 May 2021, with licensing application process commencing from 26 April 2021.

Subject to the Government roadmap for easing of restrictions, all other Level meets can take place from 21 June 2021, with licensing application process commencing from 1 June 2021.

Updated Licence Application Form for Level 4 single club meet and other supporting documents can be found on Licensed Meets.

A Licence Application Form for all other Level meets will be published in time for licensing application process for those meets commening on 1 June.

There is currently a dispensation on the timeframe for submitting the Licence Application Form for Level 4 single club meet. Please liaise with your Regional Licensing Officer.

There is no requirement for event organisers to submit their meet risk assessments to Regional Licensing Officers but they will be required to confirm on the Licensing application form that a risk assessment has been agreed with the venue operator as part of the venue hire agreement.

Event organisers at all Levels are being encouraged to use broad entry requirements and are not restricted on which times are selected as a method for entry into a meet. For example, Level X Racing, legacy times or Level 4 single club times could be chosen as a preferred and appropriate qualification route.

No. Level X Racing is designed as a club training activity and is run under Level X Racing conditions, with specific officiating requirements and is for Swim England Cateogry 2 members. Level 4 single club meet is a competition run under Level 4 licensing, specific conditions and with different officiating requirements, where Swim England Category 1 and 2 members are eligible to take part.

A Return to Competition Health Declaration Form should be received by the event organiser's Covid-19 Lead from each participant (swimmers, officials, volunteers and spectators) at least seven days ahead of an Open competition. Group form submissions from a club may be permissable but should be balanced against the organisers assessment of risk.

For Level 4 single club meets, there is no requirement for the form to be completed by participants as clubs should already be in receipt of Covid-19 and Risk Awareness Declarations from their participating club members for training purposes.

Referee is responsbie for ensuring that racing is conducted safely and any issues should be reported to the event organiser. The event organiser has the overall responsibility for ensuring the meet is running as per the risk assessment, is covid-secure and in line with the Government guidelines.

Yes. Level 4 single club meets can be run on manual timing but considerations should be given and detailed via risk assessment on ensuring social distancing and minimising cross-contamination in line with the Government guidelines.

The Government guidelines on social distancing and gathering indoors should be adhered to at all times.

The Government guidelines on social distancing and gathering limits indoors should be adhered to at all times. The guidance will evolve as each stage of un-locking is entered.

You don’t need to wear a face covering while exercising, but you should wear a face covering at all other times when at an indoor sports facility.

Officials, volunteers, coaches and medics are also not required to wear face coverings while present in a work or volunteering capacity.

It is for the event organisers and their Covid-19 Lead to determine the risk assessment in partnership with the pool operator and what staff will be available for the competition to use.

It is for the event organisers and their Covid-19 Lead to determine the risk assessment in line with the competition conditions and what roles will be required to run a Covid-safe competition.

As per Pool Guidance, numbers during warm-up/swim-down should be restricted to allow for social distancing and consideration could be given to having single age or single sex sessions.

Event organisers should define in meet conditions what the process for entry fee refunds will be in the case of an athlete having to withdraw due to testing postive for COVID-19.

Government guidelines on spectators being allowed to attend indoor events and limits on capacities must be followed. Event organisers are required to liaise with the venue operator and agree a robust risk assessment plan. As an alternative to spectator attendance, event organisers may consider live streaming their meets.

All equipment will need to be sanitised before use including starting blocks and backstroke start devices and again during dormant periods. Sanitisition product or chlorinated pool water can be used to sanitise the poolside equipment.

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