June 15, 2020

The enforced global closure of Swimming Pools has had, what can only be described as an unparalleled impact on our aquatic community. The cessation of operations for Swim Ireland Clubs, cancellation of training for our Performance Athletes and interruption to recreational swimming for the 290,000 adults who swim each week across the island of Ireland, has been an experience that we hope to see only once in a lifetime.

For many of you this has been the longest time ever having been out of the water. As we begin to emerge from lockdown and navigate the new normal brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Swim Ireland has worked alongside industry experts to ensure we can provide you with the best guidance and recommendations for your Return to the Water. A series of four frameworks has been produced for the Aquatic Industry, supporting Facilities and Operators, Swimming Pool Users and Swimming Lesson Providers, in both the public and private sectors to map out a Return to Water.

With the safety of all pool users at the forefront of our minds, the following documents will guide you through your much anticipated Return to Water;

  • Return to Water Framework for Pool Operators
  • Return to Water Framework for Swimming Lessons
  • Return to Water Framework for Community Swimming and Instructor Led Activity
  • Return to Water Framework for Pool Users

Following the advice from the Irish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive, these documents will be updated to ensure you are provided with the most up to date guidance and recommendations. We encourage you to engage with us by attending our virtual Return to Water Training opportunities and by contacting our Education Department to seek further advice or guidance.

Swim Ireland will support you on your journey of Returning to Water and Getting Ireland Swimming again.