Guidance for sessions at Kennet

Steph Holland

Guidance for swimmers at Kennet

You must book all your sessions online to ensure we do not exceed our capacities for sessions.  Your swimmer must not enter the centre until at least 10 minutes before their session commences, there is no space for swimmers to wait poolside and we need a smooth changeover between sessions.


Before the session

Do not go to a training venue if you currently have any illness symptoms or have been in contact with a known Covid-19 case in the last 14 days or are self-isolating in line with government guidelines.

Please take your temperature before travelling to the session:

If your temperature is above 37.5 please stay at home and self-isolate.

If your temperature is below 37.5 please travel to the session.


Travel to the sessions

Please remember to follow the government guidelines on travel:

  • Try to limit use of public transport and if you need to use this remember you must wear a mask
  • Car sharing is only allowed by members of the same household or those in a support bubble


On arrival to the session

Swimmers should ‘check in’ with the Covid-19 session helper at the centre entrance or with the coach and confirm there are no negative responses to following heath questionnaire as below. 

On checking in and being marked down on the register you are declaring that:

The swimmer has not been in contact with someone with Covid-19 for 14 days or have any of the following symptoms:

  • cough     
  • fever > 37.5 degrees
  • shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness
  • abnormal fatigue
  • abnormal muscle or joint pain
  • loss of taste or smell
  • diarrhoea, vomiting or nausea.

Please note that the register will be used as a record to aid track and trace if required. 

Once answered assuming no negative responses, the swimmer will be able to enter the centre.   Leave 2m if waiting for someone else to finish with the Covid helper/coach.

On arrival please use the hand gels in the centres as provided.

Parents should leave the swimmer once safely checked in, you are kindly asked not to congregate in the carpark.

The swimmer will then turn right and go through the door that goes directly poolside (not the changing room door) and drop off their bag on the benches poolside, leaving.

Enter the pool if told to do so or line up poolside keeping 2 meters apart from coaches and swimmers.

Swimmers should arrive to the session ‘beach ready’, i.e. in a tracksuit or onesie that can be easily removed with costume/jammers underneath.   Changing rooms will not be available on entrance.  If your swimmer needs help with hat please do this before they enter the centre.

Swimmers should remain at a distance of at least 2m from coaches at all times.

We have been asked by the centre to ask parents not to spectate so as to limit numbers in the centres. 


Only coaches and the Covid-liaison for the session should be poolside but if you have siblings waiting for the next session they may wait.


Swimmers should complete any dry side warm up before arrival into the centre at there is not room to do this poolside.


During the sessions

Single lanes will be used by swimmers in these sessions which is permitted by Swim England renewed guidance.  Although the current guidance from Swim England allows up to 8 per lane to run the sessions as safely as possible for our swimmers and coaches, we will be operating at a lower capacity with a maximum of 6 in a lane for each session.

Please remind your swimmers they must keep 2m from other swimmers to stop further back if there is a swimmer at the end.

Sets will be designed to limit ‘waiting around’ and will take into account swimmers have not been in the pool since March. 

Coaches must be obeyed at all times.

When poolside for any briefing’ swimmers must stay 2m from the coaches and other swimmers.

Please ensure swimmers have their own equipment and that it is clearly named and clean this down at home after use. 

There will be no equipment loaned or to be shared between swimmers due to the risk of transmission of Covid-19.

Toilets may be used on a one in one out basis to avoid overcrowding.


On completion of the session

At the end of the session’s swimmers will be dismissed lane by lane to stagger their exit.  They should collect their bags and following the one-way system to the changing rooms.  Showers will not be available.    

Swimmers should change very quickly to minimise the time spend in the changing rooms.  Cubicles must not be shared with other swimmers.

Swimmers will exit the changing room via the normal changing room doors then leave via the fire exit which is directly on the right when coming out of the changing room. 

Please park round the back of the centre so your swimmer can see you when they come out our walk round to wait, but please keep 2m apart from other parents and try not to congregate. Swimmers must come back immediately if they cannot see you parked or waiting.  We ask that you are respectful to our coaches and arrive on time to collect your swimmer.

If you have any further questions, please email [email protected].