Following the UK government’s February 2021 announcement that swimming pools should be able to reopen in April, Bristol Penguins are planning the return to the pool. Below are the current arrangements for Covid-safe swimming.

Following the winter 2021 lockdown, we are planning our return to the pool for April. Just as in the autumn of 2020, we will be working closely with all of our pool operators to put the necessary control measures in place. In the interest of keeping swimmers, coaches and parents safe, the protocols that have already been established during 2020 should be followed until new guidelines are released.

Return to swimming arrangements

As you can imagine, some of the arrangements will be a little different and there has been much work to ensure risks are as low as possible. We understand that swimmers may be worried about coming back and have been out of the pool for a long time. When  will teach and coach our sessions we take this into account. We are following the Swim England returning to pool guidance as well as any site-specific requirements.

We have a dedicated COVID-19 lead who coordinates our risk assessment – Scott Tanner ( Please do email Scott if you have any queries.

Please do watch our safe return to training video which explains the new processes and control measures we have in place such as:

  • A one-way system on poolside
  • Hand sanitation stations
  • Arriving ‘beach ready’
  • Additional cleaning requirements
  • Fewer swimmers in each lane
  • The club having a COVID liaison officer for each session to oversee things

Get motivated and get training!

We aim for sessions and land training to still be fun and enjoyable – check out the motivational resources below.

Return to the pool safety video

Welfare and Finance Concerns

We realise this is a difficult time for some families. Please see this letter from our Welfare Officer Ellie Bourdeaux and ways to get help and guidance during this time. Plus, here is a link to  our code of conduct for any online sessions we do. Code of Conduct

Similarly, we understand this is a difficult time financially for many families, so please do contact Helen in confidence ( if you would like to discuss financial support with Penguin fees.

Further guidance from Swim England

Our previous arrangements (during Lockdown)

From March to the end of July, when swimming pool were closed, Bristol Penguins ran a range of online activities as part of an exercise and wellbeing programme for all members. This included.

  • Home exercise programme – five live sessions a week and youtube videos to follow.
  • Weekly talks on a range of different swimming related topics – nutrition, psychological aspects, swimmer technique, open water etc.
  • ‘Fun Friday’ – cooking, bingo, quizzes, scavenger hunt etc.
  • Whole club challenges
  • At home club championships