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Frequently Asked questions regarding COVID 19 and training

What are the safeguards being used by the club?

We ask swimmers to:-

  • Where a face covering to/from training
  • We have hand sanitizer on entry to centres
  • We have implemented a strict one way system
  • Arrive beach ready for the session
  • Respect social distancing rules at all times
  • Stay away from the pool if they show any symptoms of COVID19

What is the protocol if somebody within a bubble/lane shows Covid-19 symptoms?

If a person in a ‘bubble/lane’ shows symptoms related to Covid-19 they are asked to remove themselves from the session and go for a test. They will need to stay away from the session until the results of that test are known. The others swimmers in the lane can continue to swim until the results are known. If it is positive the entire lane will then isolate for 14 days. If negative the swimmer will return.

What is the protocol for informing club members if someone within a squad tests positive for Covid-19?

It’s the responsibility of individuals/parents to contact Track and Trace and provide them with details of any people they have been in contact with at less than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes. The club is responsible for keeping a record of all attendees at sessions and these details should be provided to Track and Trace upon request if the subject is unable to provide these themselves.

I have received my test results back and they are ‘inconclusive’, what should I do?

If you had a test because you had symptoms, you must keep self-isolating and have another test within 5 days of your symptoms starting.

If you had a test but have not had any symptoms, you do not need to self-isolate while you wait to get another test.

Can I return to training if I’ve been on holiday abroad?

Government guidelines should be followed at all times with regards to any quarantine regulations following a holiday abroad. A list of countries exempt from quarantine requirements can be found on the Government website.

Club Update

Thank you to everyone involved with our successful return to the pool this month, from the parents, swimmers, coaches, committee, Your Leisure (Pool operator) through to our squad volunteer Social Distancing reps.

Following this successful trial, from Monday the 31st August, we will be moving to stage 2 of our return, which incorporates the use of Ramsgate Leisure Centre. However, the guidance from Swim England hasn’t changed, so we will be maintaining all of the safety protocols implemented at Hartsdown.

For Ramsgate, we will be entering through the side doors, direct onto poolside, where swimmers will continue social distancing and in their allocated spots “being beach ready” place their bags and then proceed to their allocated lanes. At the end of the sessions, they will proceed to the changing village and exit through the front of the building (main reception)

There will be a slight protocol change once schools return in September so that at the end of early morning sessions, swimmer will be allowed a quick shower prior to attending school. All other sessions, swimmer are required to be out of the changing rooms within 10 minutes.

Re-alignment of squad progressions

With the ability to get close to what will be a “new norm” in terms of swimming and pool time, the club has undertaken slight changes in squad structure, so that swimmers have the ability to progress and receive stepped increases in pooltime. This change also impacts the squad names moving forward, such as:-

Academy Silver Academy Intro
Academy Gold Academy Advanced
Junior Skills Junior Competition
Junior Competition Junior Transition
Junior Performance (4 or 5) Junior Performance (4 or 5)
Age Group Performance Senior Performance (AG)
Youth Performance Senior Performance (S) or

Senior Performance (D)

Senior Competition Senior Competition (4) or

Senior Competition (5)

Development (1, 2 or 3) Development (1, 2 or 3)
Masters Masters

Please note the new pool programme is referencing the new squad names.

If you have any concerns, please speak with you squad coach.


The new pool programme is found on the following link:-  September 20 – Pool programme


Huge congratulations to our talented swimmers who have been recognised with qualification to this years swim camps and study programmes:-

Regional Development camp

Athena C

Olexa M

Ivy H

Harry C

National Development Programme

Liam H

Olivia P

Amber P

Diploma in Sporting Excellence

Oscar M

Conor W

Congratulations to all the swimmers

Pool programme for August

Our pool programme by squad for the period 10th August to 30th August is here

We are back!

A huge thank you to George Andrew and his team at Blaze Signs for producing our new COVID19 signage.

We look forward to welcoming you all back from today.

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