We know it’s been tough on our fellow lane lovers not being able to visit the pool – so we’re really excited that the time has come for our community to get back in the water!
Understandably things may be a little different when visiting pools for a swim. To help prepare, here are our top tips for visiting the pools when they reopen . . .
1. Check Before You Visit
Many pools are now requiring you to pre-book a time slot for your swim session, just like you’d book a table at a restaurant. This is to manage distancing and capacity. So, to avoid disappointment make sure you check your local pool’s website for info before you travel to the pool.
2. Be prepared
Access to changing facilities and showers may be restricted or limited so it’s best to shower at home. Then travel to the pool with your swimwear underneath your clothes.
If your pool usually provides training aids such as floats or pullbuoys – it’s likely these won’t be available to borrow. So, if they’re an important part of your swim session you need to bring your own. You can shop our training aids range here.
Water fountains may also be out of use so you may want to bring your own water bottle to ensure you stay hydrated.
3. Less is more!
There may be limited access to lockers so only bring what you need in a poolside bag. Consider leaving certain valuables at home. We have some great swim bags with wet kit pouches so you can keep everything in one bag without getting everything in your bag wet!
4. Keeping your distance
Limits to the number of swimmers per lane and one-way restrictions may be in place to ensure social distancing is followed. Make sure you read any signage by the pool area so you’re aware of the rules or check with reception before entering the pool.
Although your time in the pool may be a little different, we promise that feeling after your first dive in will make it all worthwhile. It’s important to remember all this guidance is in place for everyone’s safety whether they’re swimmers, leisure centre staff or coaches and volunteers. If you’d like to see the full national guidance from Swim England a full list of FAQs are available here.