As a follow-up to our report on Swim England seeking clarity on training options under the United Kingdom’s revised coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, the organization’s CEO, Jane Nickerson, has made an important announcement via Twitter today.
In her social media post, Nickerson says, “From tomorrow (June 1st), Swim England members can do outdoor land training and outdoor swimming with a coach on the basis of 1:5, adhering to social distancing.” (meaning 1 coach to 5 swimmers)
She states that official guidance will appear on the Swim England website tomorrow, but reminds members that open water is different than pools swimming.
From tomorrow @swimengland members can do outdoor land training & outdoor swimming with a coach on the basis of 1:5 adhering to social distancing. Our guidance will be on our website tomorrow morning. Please comply with our guidance and remember open water is different to pools.
— Jane Nickerson (@JMNSwimmer) May 31, 2020
Swim England had anticipated the possibility of open water training in small groups based on the government’s easing up of some coronavirus-related restrictions, such as the ability of 6 people stemming from different households now having the ability to meet in-person.
“This raises the possibility that land training and open water training in small groups may be allowed and we are seeking further detail on this on behalf of our members which we expect to receive next week,” read Swim England‘s statement on May 29th.
“Should this activity be permitted, we will issue guidance in due course to support our clubs and members.
“Clubs should not undertake this form of training until we have further information and guidance has been issued.”