Swim England | Returning to Pools Guidance Documents

Swim England Returning to the Pool Guidelines

Swim England has published its comprehensive Return to Pools Guidance ahead of the UK Government easing the current lockdown measures.

Five detailed documents have been created and are based on the latest scientific advice and UK Government guidelines.

The guidance includes robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons.

Click or tap below to download the returning to pools guidance for clubs, community swimming, operators, swimming lessons, and pool users.

⚠️ The guidelines, of course, are contingent on following local, state and federal public health guidelines.

Swim England Covid-19 Returning to the Pool

 Swim England-Returning To the Pool

Excerpt from Swim England | Returning to the Pools Guidance for Clubs

Suitable types of training

The reintroduction of training should be carefully planned and consideration of prior fitness is paramount. This should be phased over a period of time with the emphasis on skills and drills. Planning is crucial to ensure social distancing protocols are continually adhered to as well as progressive intensity. The below are examples, but not exhaustive, of low heart rate level type of work so that swimmers can learn to ’feel’ the water again without gaining any undue muscle soreness.

  • Four stroke technical efficiency sessions where movement is continuous and little time needed for recovery and low heart rate maintained to avoid excessive exhalation.

  • Drills and skills.

  • Underwater work (within 15 metres) to improve streamlining and transition phases.

  • Using a snorkel where possible. Swimming will lead to a breath being blown out above water. Being mindful of how your face is positioned when exhaling should be considered.

  • In the first three to four week meso-cycle, focus on low to medium level aerobic training (not more than 50bbm or 5-6/10 effort) to avoid the need to use explosive breathing and to allow a controlled re-acclimatisation to training.

  • When doing freestyle, if swimmers need to pass each other, breathe to the opposite side.

  • Care should be taken when doing kick sets and if practical a recommendation to use the flat kicking technique with face in the water and snorkel.



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CREDIT SOURCE: Swim England 

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