COVID-19 Update – September 2020

Swim schools you will be relieved to hear that following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier today, we have received a positive update this evening that swimming lessons will not be classified as ‘indoor team sports’ at this present time.

Therefore, learners can continue to take part in organised swimming lessons (including baby and pre-school and adult swimming) and aquatic fitness classes at indoor venues that adhere to COVID secure guidelines.

To clarify – swimming lessons and aquatic fitness sessions:

  • Continue to fall into the ‘organised sport’ category, so are exempt from the ‘rule of 6’
  • Are not classified as ‘team’ sports.

Additionally, the Prime Minister did also confirm today that leisure organisations will now have a legal obligation to follow government guidance – and the good news here is that we’ve already done all the hard work for our members by amalgamating all the government guidance relating to swimming pool / lesson management into one easy-to-read living document.

I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief today, and whilst I appreciate some swim schools are still struggling, this really is welcome news for our part of the sector.

Should further information arise, we will keep you updated.

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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