Returning to Pools

Swim England has updated its coronavirus frequently asked questions after the Government unveiled its new three-tier system and then the national lockdown. They cover what the restrictions mean for facilities, how it affects team sports and learn to swim lessons plus how the highest level will impact club.

Swim England has published Returning to Pool guidance documents which include robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons. There have been updates following the introduction of Tier 1/2/3 areas and then the national lockdown. These are 'living' documents and the latest published versions are shown below:

  • Club Guidance
  • Community Swimming and Instructor Led Guidance
  • Operator Guidance
  • Swimming Lessons Guidance
  • User Guidance
  • Specific guidance for water polo clubs (includes guidelines on social distancing during breaks and post-game, use of equipment, advice for match officials and coaches, injury treatment plus information for spectators.)

Any personal or fitness trainer is being reminded to register with a council first if they want to use open spaces for training sessions and include a Covid-19 risk assessment explaining how social distancing will be maintained.

View Hygiene Guidance Resources which will help you clearly communicate key hygiene messages to people taking part in sport and physical activity.

View Swim England / Institute of Swimming Coronavirus (COVID-19) Return to Club Open Water Training guidance and guidance for clubs undertaking land training under new social distancing measures.

View Swim England COVID-19 Club Support Toolkit

The FAQs are being updated regularly.


Swim England Water Polo Strategy 2020-2025

Swim England is aiming to double the number of registered water polo players in the next five years.

View announcement and please ensure the new strategy is circulated as widely as possible.

Stronger Affiliation for Clubs

View update and make sure your club completes Swim England's Stronger Affiliation process.

Take your passion for Water Polo to the next level!

Please contact Fred Fowler and your affiliated Club and register your interest in becoming a Referee or a quallified Table Official. View next steps for officials development.

Inter-County Water Polo Competitions 2019

Dorset Ladies 2019

One of the perks of being Regional President and Regional Water Polo Secretary is getting in on the team photo when Dorset fielded a Ladies team in the November tournament at Millfield School. Strike a pose, Mike Coles.

Remember to build a competition network amongst clubs it is important that all clubs and ladies are represented at meetings so that County teams are inclusive.

Banner Photos: Steve Gallagher (01202 421743)




Swim England issues training advice for water polo clubs as guidance is updated

Read what adult training can take place under the new tiered restrictions


Water Polo Leadership - Return to Competition Guidance

Online briefing 6 Oct 2020 at 6.30pm


Swim England confirms its membership fees for 2021 have been frozen

SE fees Cat 1 £9.20, Cat 2 £27.75 and Cat 3 £5.20.


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Swim England thanks its volunteers

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100 years of water polo in Croatia

In 2010 Croatian Water Polo Federation celebrated its 102nd anniversary by publishing a history of the first 100 years of water polo in Croatia.

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British Water Polo Championships: Portobello 5 v 4 Bristol Central

Match coverage of Portobello 5 v 4 Bristol Central by Swimscene In the same round, Polytechnic 4 v 12 City Of Manchester

16:25:20 02.09.2013

U20 Ladies Water Polo - Australia v Great Britain

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16:21:14 02.09.2013

U20 Ladies Water Polo - Hungary v Great Britain

Reigning silver medallists Hungary proved too strong for the British Gas GBR Under 20 Water polo team in their penultimate game of the World Under 20 Water Polo Championships in Volos, Greece  Hungary ultimately took the win 13-5 leaving the Brits with the opportunity next day to secure their highest finish ever in a World Championships. In a rematch of the opening game, Hungary were …

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U20 Ladies Water Polo - Greece v Great Britain

Watch video of a tough game which GB girls lost 16-5 to a strong home nation, Greece at the World Under 20 Water Polo Championships in Volos. The Greeks came out strongly, leading from the first period to ultimately win the game 16-5 (5-0, 4-0, 3-2, 4-3).   The homeside scored five unanswered goals in the first quarter and another four to lead 9-0 at the half time buzzer. But …


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Mini-polo, novice, academy and junior squads train at this...

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Seagulls SC Water Polo on Facebook

Information and history

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Southampton Sirens Ladies Water Polo Club

Based in Southampton and training Thursday nights...




11 February 2012

How many times a week do you play water polo?

4 or more