SwimMark Club

Where we train

Our "home pool" is Meadowlands, in the centre of Tavistock.  However, we are exceptionally lucky in also being able to run sessions at Mount Kelly Swim Centre, in both the 25m and 50m pools.

We are hugely grateful to all the staff at both pools for their hard work, support and flexibility.  Thanks to them, we have had a lot more swimming time during the pandemic than many less fortunate clubs.

Pool swimming

When and where

We are delighted that both Meadowlands and Mount Kelly will be opening on April 12th.  Everyone who was under 18 on 31st August 2020, or who is disabled, can resume training from them.  Non-disabled Masters swimmers have to wait a little longer, unfortunately.

The timetable is here.

If you aren't sure how it applies to you, either look it up or ask.  The easiest way to look it up is to use the OnDeck smartphone app.  Go to My Account; at the bottom of the screen you will find the name(s) of the swimmer(s) in your family.  Tap on a name to see information about them.  At the top of the page, next to their name, you will see which bubble they are in.  

Alternatively, there is a list of all the swimmers and their swim times on the website at www.tavsc.co.uk: go to "Swimmer list" under Training: times and info.  Make sure you are logged-in first; it won't appear in the menu if you aren't.  

Almost everyone now should be swimming their preferred number of sessions.  If you aren't, please speak up!


The agreements you ticked when you registered to swim are here.  Please read them again.  If anything has changed, and you can no longer confirm all the statements, please do not return to training.  Either wait until you can accept them or contact either Caroline Furze or Claire Palmer.  The only exception is the self-isolation period: this is now 10 days, rather than the 14 days stated in the agreements.  

Coronavirus precautions

The coronavirus arrangments are very similar at Mount Kelly and Meadowlands, although there are some differences in detail.  For example, Mount Kelly is doing temperature checks on entry but Meadowlands is not.  The basics are these;  

  1. Do not attend training if you have been told to self-isolate or if you, a household member or a close contact have symptoms of Covid-19. 
  2. Come ready to swim and with warm clothes for afterwards: changing rooms and showers are not in use except by special arrangement (eg. in cases of disability).  Take your bag poolside with you; do not use the lockers.
  3. Bring your own equipment, including a water bottle with your name on it.  Equipment is available for the junior squad at Meadowlands, but no equipment is available at Mount Kelly.
  4. Remember to social distance at all times, including when waiting outside.  Don't arrive too early.
  5. Sanitise your hands when you enter the building.
  6. During the session, listen carefully to the coach and obey them at all times.  This will be VITAL to ensure reasonable social distancing is maintained.  Anyone who does not co-operate will be asked to leave the pool and their parents will be called to collect them.
  7. If you need to use the toilet, ask the coach’s permission before leaving poolside.  Wash your hands thoroughly after using the toilet and rub them together underwater when back in the pool. 
  8. Leave promptly: do not congregate.

The detailed rules are here:
Mount Kelly Arrangements
Covid-19 Rules for Meadowlands

The Covid-19 lead is Claire Palmer.  If you have any questions or concerns about any of the arrangments, please do get in touch with her.

Particular cases

If you have or might have Covid-19

You've doubtless heard this thousands of times, but you must NOT come to training if:

  • you have symptoms of Covid-19 (a new, continuous dry cough; a fever; loss of or change in sense of smell/ taste)
  • you have tested positive for Covid-19
  • someone in your childcare or support bubble has symptoms and you’ve been in close contact with them since their symptoms started or during the 48 hours before they started
  • someone in your childcare or support bubble tested positive and you’ve been in close contact with them since they had the test or in the 48 hours before their test
  • you've been told you've been in contact with someone who tested positive
  • you've been told to self-isolate.

If any of those things applies to you, please follow the instructions of NHS Test & Trace or on the nhs.uk website.  If you have to self-isolate but are feeling physically well, the club's head coach, James Lake, will be happy to suggest exercises for you to do to help keep up your fitness.  Just ask!

If you have had Covid-19

You should not return to training until you have completely recovered.  If you have been given personal medical advice, you should follow that.  General guidance (prepared by Swim England) is here.  Please also tell the coach, Claire Palmer or Caroline Furze.

If you are medically vulnerable etc.

If you, or anyone in your household, are vulnerable or have been shielding, you should follow government guidance and medical advice before returning to training.  Please read these agreements which you ticked last year - underlying medical conditions and shielding - and think carefully about the risks.  You should only return if what you said in those agreements is still true.


Other activities

Dry-land training

Dry land training is also available for all swimmers from the age of eight upwards.  Full details are on the separate button on our website here.  You will need to be logged in.  (Top right hand corner.  If you get taken to "your account" page after logging-in, get back to the home page by clicking "visit team website" at the bottom of the column on the left-hand side.)

Sea swimming

In the summer, we teamed up with Jason Quiterio at Ace Swimming to offer weekly sea swimming sessions to our members.  Some hardy members have continued throughout the winter.  These sessions are coached and lifeguarded and take place from Firestone Bay, Plymouth, next to the Devil's Point tidal pool.  They cost £6 or £7 each and are 30mins long.  You'll find that's long enough, especially in the winter: swimming in the sea is much harder work than swimming in a pool!  For full details and to book, visit Jason's website at www.aceswimming.co.uk or go to straight to the booking link: Newbie/ Beginner cold water swim group or Intermediate+ cold water swim group.

Other useful documents

We've tried to collect together on this page all the "return to the pool" documents.  All documents open in a new window.

Mount Kelly Arrangements and map showing one-way system.

Covid-19 Rules for Meadowlands

Swim England health survey: this is to prompt swimmers and their families to think about the risks.  The club does not need to see a completed copy of the form, but the online registration process will ask you about it.

TSC risk assessment for the resumption of training at Mount Kelly

TSC risk assessment for the resumption of training at Meadowlands