Inverclyde ASC Return To Swimming Briefing.


We have all been missing the water during the COVID-19 enforced closure of swimming pools.

This will have been the longest period out of the water for many of our swimmers. Our priority remains for the safety of everyone involved with Inverclyde Amateur Swimming Club, be they Members, Parents / Guardians, Coaches, Volunteers, and facilities staff.

At all times it is imperative that everyone adheres to the latest Coronavirus (COVID‑19) Government guidelines. (Link Below)

Currently the government recommends that you keep two metres away from people as a precaution or one metre when you can mitigate the risk by taking other precautions in this list. (Link below) 

Following guidance from Scottish Swimming and working with our pool providers there are several protocols that we must implement to ensure a safe return to the pool.

Before being allowed to return to training, ALL members and parents / guardians must have:

  • read and understand the Inverclyde ASC Return to Swimming Training Briefing (this document) and watch the walkthrough video that is available via Facebook and Team Unify.
  • The COVID-19 Return to Training Health Screen Survey and the Inverclyde ASC return to Swimming Training self-declaration MUST be completed if not already done so.  These are available on the website under the COVID-19 resources tab. Each member must have submitted the forms before being eligible to return to training.




How to avoid spreading the COVID-19 infection


It is extremely important to do what you can to reduce the risk of you and other people becoming ill with coronavirus.

You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms.



● try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)

● wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

● use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

●wash your hands as soon as you get home

● cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

● put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards.



Do not:

● Swimmers MUST NOT attend training if anyone in their household has shown any signs of COVID-19 until they have had medical clearance.  Again these symptoms and guidelines can be found on the Scottish Government website. 

  • touch your eyes, nose, or mouth if your hands are not clean.





Arrival and departure protocols.

  • By attending you are agreeing that you are fit and well and showing no signs of COVID-19.
  • Swimmers should not be attending any session if at all unwell
  • All swimmers and parents/guardians (unless you are medically exempt) will be required to wear a face covering whilst in the building, in line with current Government Guidance.


  • An arrival time window will be allocated for the session. This time should be adhered to as far as practicable to minimise cross over with other groups or users, which might otherwise overload the capacity limitations of the facility.


  • Make your way to the reporting point which will be at the entrance of the building where there will be a COVID-19 Liaison officer, who will:
    • Confirm the details you have provided and check there has been no change since completing the forms
    • Register your attendance at the session 
    • confirm that you are following the actions in the ‘Training Session Checklist’, including hand sanitising before entering the facility.
  • Parents/Guardians should remain in the carpark until registration is complete and the swimmer has entered the building.  Parents/guardians of swimmers age 12 & under may accompany them to the COVID Liaison Officer to assist with answering the registration questions.


  • One Parent/Guardian (wearing a face covering) of swimmers age 8 & under may enter the building with their swimmer until they reach poolside.  They must then leave promptly as spectating is not permitted at this time.


  • Social distancing must be followed.  As guidelines are constantly changing the current guidelines can be found on the Scottish Government website

As tempting as it may be, please refrain from greeting your friends in close proximity. (e.g. No hugs, high fives etc.)


  • There will be a one-way system in place at each location.


  • Swimmers must come ‘beach ready’.  Changing rooms, lockers and showers WILL NOT be in use


  • Parents/guardians also must follow the one-way system in place and leave the building as soon as possible after dropping off their swimmer. Unfortunately there will be no spectating at the moment


What if I am late?


  • If a swimmer arrives late and the session is underway then they WILL NOT be permitted to swim.  Swimmers will have been allocated a lane order and a late arrival will cause extreme disruption.
  • For the reason above we request you arrive to the session at the stated time.
  • After this time, the COVID-19 Liaison officer is likely to have moved.  If the Liaison Officer is not at the designated check in area the athlete should leave and return home.  Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.
  • The COVID-19 Lead and/or the COVID-19 Liaison has the right to refuse entry to training to any member they believe may have symptoms of COVID-19 or is returning to training too early after having COVID-19. There is no right to appeal these decisions. (Remember they are volunteers!)




What to expect in training?

  • Social distancing protocols to be always followed.


  • There will be a one-way system in place.


  • There will be designated areas for each swimmer’s kit etc.


  • Sanitisers to be used, alongside handwashing.


  • Swimmers will be arranged in appropriate ability groups.


  • Group numbers will be in line with Scottish Swimming guidance for clubs and pool operators. 


  • Weekly Training Schedules will be sent via Email / Team Unify / Facebook.


  • Swimmers will be expected to start and stop at their assigned lane positions.


  • Adhere to correct direction of lanes.


  • Toilets will be available but avoid using the toilet facilities if possible.  However, if used, then swimmers should wash hands thoroughly, use hand-sanitiser where possible and not touch their mouth or nose.


  • Wait until the end of a set where possible if using the toilet and notify the coach.


  • Note only one swimmer at a time will be allowed to use the toilet.





  • Swimmers should have their own equipment and only bring what is required for that session.  Kit bags are not required.  Swimmers should only bring a changing bag containing a towel, a water bottle and the requested kit.


  • All items to be clearly named.


  • Details of required items will be confirmed with session information.


  • Swimmers should have their own water bottles, clearly named and identifiable. Filled enough to last the duration of the session.




  • When using equipment this should be kept separated from other individual’s equipment in your lane.


  • Individuals should avoid handling other people’s kit.  They should rinse their kit with chlorinated water at the end of the session and take their own kit home to clean.


  • Sharing of equipment is not be permitted.


  • If you don’t have it, you train without it.





Changing Rooms, Showers and Toilets

  • The changing rooms and showers will be out of use.


  • Swimmers to arrive ‘Beach ready’ with costume under appropriate clothing Onesie / tracksuit etc. to minimise time spent on the designated space on poolside.   Swimmers can remove their mask at this point.


  • Swimmers of all ages must be able to put on their own caps and goggles without help from teammates or coach’s poolside. If they are unable to do so swimmers must enter the building wearing their caps and goggles. Goggles must already be sized and spares of both are recommended as equipment cannot be shared or borrowed.


  • After training, swimmers must return to the designated space on poolside, dry off and put on appropriate clothing Onesie/ Tracksuit etc. over costume. Swimmers should put on their mask at as soon as possible.  There will be a one-way system in place upon exit.


  • Swimmers must leave the facility as soon as possible and sign out with the COVID-19 Liaison officer.


  • No loitering in any area and swimmers must maintain social distancing.




  • At this time there are no spectators allowed and we appreciate your understanding with this.


  • Emergency contact details must be up to date on Team Unify/On Deck. Parents / guardians always need to remain contactable on their emergency number during the session.


  • These details will be checked by the COVID-19 Liaison Officer on arrival.




What happens if a swimmer becomes unwell during a session?


  • If a swimmer becomes unwell during a session, they must alert the Coach or COVID-19 Liaison Officer. The individual will be isolated in the first aid room or predesignated area. The parent / guardian will be contacted to collect immediately.


  • If required, lifeguards in attendance will intervene and provide first aid using appropriate PPE.


  • The swimmer will be required to return home to self-isolate and follow current NHS guidance which may include taking a COVID-19 test. If the test is negative the swimmer will be able to return to training. If the swimmer does not take a test or has a positive COVID -19 test they will be required to self-isolate for the full duration as advised by NHS guidelines.


  • Other swimmers, parents / guardians will be contacted via the NHS Test and Trace system if required. They do not need to self-isolate unless told to do so.





  • At the end of the training session swimmers should return to designated space on poolside, dry off and put on appropriate clothing Onesie / Tracksuit etc. over costume.


  • Swimmers should the leave facility as soon as possible, maintaining social distancing. They should use hand sanitiser before leaving and wear a face covering unless medically exempt.


  • Parents / guardians must arrive prompt to collect their swimmer to minimise cross over with other groups. 


  • Swimmers will be directed out of the building but by the COVID-19 Liaison officer or coach so we would appreciate it if parents would wait for their swimmer outside at the bottom of the stairs at the entrance or in their car.


  • Swimmers whose parents are not in the present at pick-up time should go back to the door they exited and wait.



Most importantly

This has been a long time coming so please:


  • Don’t be hard on yourself if you find training harder
  • And just enjoy being back in the pool and have fun!!!!!!