Further to the Government announcement today I have received the following update from our governing body, the STA. We want to assure all our customers that we are already strictly adhering to our COVID secure guidelines and wish to thank you all for your amazing co-operation in helping to keep things running so smoothly. Theresa

Swim schools you will be relieved to hear that following on from the Prime Minister’s announcement 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 https://www.sta.co.uk/…/05/20/swim-school-re-opening-guida…/

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.

Dave Candler