COVID-19 Update: Clarification On ‘Private’ Swimming Pools

Since the UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy was announced earlier this week, there have been many questions about the use of ‘private’ residential swimming pools for teaching ‘socially-distant’ swimming to friends / family members for example from another household.

To clarify the regulations, all commercial swimming pools are to remain closed until at least early in July – and if a private residential swimming pool was to be used prior to this date by a ‘paying’ customer, by default it becomes classed as a ‘commercial’ swimming pool and the residential pool owner would be breaking the law. This rule applies to both indoor and outdoor residential pools – home-based pools must only be used by the residing people, one household.

This social distancing rule equally applies to a swimming teacher who might be invited to teach within a different household where there is a residential pool – it would not be permitted.

The measures announced this week (for England), which give members of the public unlimited daily exercise, so long as they adhere to social-distancing regulations and remain with either their own household or just one person from outside their household, ONLY apply to activities that take place outside of the home.

We must ALL adhere to current Government guidelines that clearly state that swimming pools (of all types, both indoor and outdoor) MUST remain closed.

Community, Coronavirus Updates, Member News, Swimming Teaching
Dave Candler

Dave Candler

Dave has been involved in teaching swimming and leisure management for over 20 years. Prior to becoming CEO, Dave worked for ten years as the Operations, Swimming and Training Manager at one of the largest publicly run swim schools in the country. It was there where he gained valuable, insightful front-line experience of the leisure industry. He also worked as an STA tutor, training many hundreds (if not thousands) of teachers and gained multiple qualifications that support his role today at STA.

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