Covid 19


University of Warwick Swimming and Water Polo Club 

COVID-19 Briefing:


COVID-19 Officer: Marshall Taylor, per Swim England Guidance.


1. Per session guidance. 


  • Every session or taster will need to be booked in advance.  These will be booked through Warwick Sport website’s make a booking section, under SU club slots. (Only those who have booked slots will be permitted to enter the sports centre, this is to implement track and trace procedures. Furthermore, failure to attend three booked sessions, club or otherwise, in a row would lead to your Warwick Sport account being suspended.) Entry to the training session will be given only after seeing your Warwick Sport booking confirmation email. 

  • Every swimmer and coach must complete the COVID-19 disclaimer survey before practice and update it if circumstances change. 

  • No swimmer or coach is to come to training if they are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (temperature, cough, difficulty breathing, or anosmia e.g. loss of taste or smell). 

  • All swimmers should arrive ready to swim. Private changing will be available for those available but leave the venue as soon as you can. 

  • All Swimmers need to report 15 mins prior to the start time of the session.

  • Attendance and Temperature checks will be done prior to every session; thus, anyone who arrives late will not be able to attend the session.

  • Shower at home, pre and post swimming. Minimise time spent in the changing room. 

  • It is encouraged to bring hand sanitiser with you and to sanitise before and after all swimming practice. 

  • In light of the new rule of 6 guidance, people will be allowed to enter only in their groups of 6 and are encouraged to not come in close contact with other players throughout the training sessions.


2. Swimming guidance 


a) Bring your equipment with you. Fins, kickboards, etc. Make sure it is clean and identifiable as yours before you arrive. I recommend buying a mesh bag with your name on. Snorkels are not permitted due to COVID-19. 

b) Follow the changing village’s directional signage, the pool’s one-way system and leave as soon as the session has finished. 

c) Do not make physical contact with other participants. This includes passing equipment. 

d) Do not overtake whilst swimming. Before turning check if somebody is behind you. No touching their feet. 

e) Keep a reasonable distance between yourself and other swimmers. 

f) No wide strokes, i.e. butterfly. Turn your head away while breathing in between sets and while resting. Use your own water bottle on the poolside only. 

g) Swimmers should stay in the same lanes with the same people each session, where possible. Changing lanes should be reported to the COVID-19 Liaison. 


3. Water polo guidance 


  • Always maintain social distancing.

  • Dipping Balls and Hands in water mitigates the associated risk, therefore, ensure you conduct yourself responsibly and rinse hands and balls in pool water every few seconds. 

  • Swimmers must be given a ball each which is to be sanitised before and after every practice. 

  • Centre forward shots unopposed, maintain social distance, various shots at wall/poolside. 


  • Do not touch your face after touching the ball between passes and do not put your saliva onto the ball in any way. If you do, hand the ball in for disinfecting. 

  • Scrimmages of any size (gameplay) of any type are not permitted. 

  • Contact drills, marking, offensive/defensive manoeuvres are not permitted. 

  • Hats are not required. Maximum groups of five with one coach in one space. Stick to your groups when entering and leaving. You should only train with the same groups each week. 

  • Currently the sessions would be limited to two groups of 6 people (3v3) at a time. This will stay in place until the current government guidance is in place.


4. If a swimmer presents symptoms of COVID-19. 


a) Athletes should seek a test immediately and self-isolate for 14 days until the test result is received. If positive, NHS Track and Tracers will ask for your recent steps. If negative, step c must still be followed. 

b) Athletes should contact their COVID-19 Liaison on poolside, who will inform the COVID-19 Officer ( immediately with the session time and people in that lane for further instructions. 

c) Athletes should refrain from ALL training for 10 days following the start of COVID-19 symptoms. Athletes should be more than seven days of symptom-free before re-commencing training. 


5. Coaching

a) Coaches and coaching assistants must deliver from the poolside.

b) Teachers and Coaches should adhere to government guidance on social distancing. 

c) All coaches must read and understand Swim England’s clubs’ guidance for coaches and adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions at all times. 


6. Socials

a) Attendance:

All members must respond prior to each event with regards to their attendance. Members will be turned away without prior indication of attendance.

Sign-ups and attendance will be recorded, and should members repeatedly fail to attend after stating they will, we have every right to turn members away from attending future events.


b) Government recommendations:

Latest government and NHS guidance on social distancing and mass gatherings can be found here and here respectively. We will be following all of these strictly. As of 9th September 2020, these include:

  • try to stay at least 2 metres (3 steps) away from anyone you do not live with (or anyone not in your support bubble)

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean


c) University guidelines:

A face covering will be compulsory for all events held on campus and are strongly encouraged for events off campus.

The university’s guidelines can be found here. We will also be following all of these strictly. As of 9th September 2020, these include: 

  • Face coverings are required when working, studying or moving around in indoor spaces. You won’t be required to wear one if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition that restricts you from doing so.

  • Behave in a Covid-19 secure manner: 

Stay informed and follow UK Government guidance on travel, quarantine, health and safety and other measures at all times. Stay informed and follow the University's policies on face coverings and social distancing on campus.

  • Act swiftly on Covid-19 symptoms

Follow NHS and University guidance on self-isolating, testing, quarantining, sick leave, mitigating circumstances and reporting within the University. This is a developing situation so regularly check this website to see the latest information.

Use the University Test and Trace system for symptoms of Covid-19. Follow all instructions if given a positive test result, and/or if you are identified as being in possible contact with someone diagnosed with Covid-19.

  • Recognise and respect that some individuals may be exempt from our expected behaviours – such as face coverings – for reasons that are not always visible.

If you see anyone behaving contrary to guidance, you can raise your concerns with them in a constructive and sensitive manner. Alternatively raise your concerns with a member of staff, line manager or HR.

  • At present, we have also been informed that members will not be allowed in on-campus accommodation or have any physical contact with residents should they need help.


All this information will be constantly reviewed and updated as more information is provided by the government and University.


7. Suspected COVID-19 breach


a) The Covid-19 Lead and/or the Covid-19 Liaison has the right to refuse entry to training to any member they believe may have symptoms of Covid-19 or is returning to training too early after having Covid-19. There is no right to appeal these decisions.

b) Clubs and coaches should regularly reiterate safety and social distancing information, for example at the start of sessions and through swift intervention throughout.

c) Club members and the club’s workforce (including volunteers) must sign the declaration form, stating that they are symptom-free, will only attend training if they remain symptom- free and are returning to training fully aware of the risks associated with the Covid-19 virus.

d) If somebody in your lane, or Water Polo group has COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, the entire lane must also self-isolate for 14 days, or until two tests return negative. 

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