Swim England Guidance update 26 February 2021

Following the announcement from the Government on Monday Swim England are currently in the process of updating the Club Guidance for returning to the water and hope to have this available for circulation the week beginning 8th March. This is dependent on a few specific pieces of information required from both Sport England and DCMS in relation to the detail behind the announcement.

SE are expecting clubs to complete a review of their risk assessments to ensure the activity, when they return to it is safe and within the guidelines that will be given. SE would also expect clubs to ask members to complete a Return to Training declaration form as they will have had an extended break from training.


The FAQ’s have been updated to reflect the information that has been confirmed to us so far:

  • Outdoor pools and venues will reopen on 29 March.
  • In Outdoor venues organised club activity will be unrestricted for both adults and under 18’s across all disciplines. Social distancing rules will still apply.
  • Children who were under 18 on 31 August but have subsequently turned 18 are still classed as under 18 for the purposes of returning to training.
  • Land training can resume outdoors from 8 March with unrestricted numbers as long as it is a formal organised club activity and those from different households maintain social distancing at all times.


At this present time SE have been given the ‘not before’ date of 12 April when indoor facilities will be able to reopen and currently this will be restricted to organised club activity for under 18’s only. We are lobbying the government to rethink this restriction and of course any update or change will be shared with all clubs at the earliest opportunity.