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This document has been produced for coastal beach managers and landowners, including councils and private organisations, and reflects the current experience of members of the National Water Safety Forum (NWSF), and other interested parties, who seek to reduce drowning and water-related harm in the UK. In developing this document, we have also sought the views of international colleagues facing similar challenges. 

Specifically, it is concerned with the following aspects of beach safety:
  • Mitigating the risk of fatal and non-fatal drowning and related water-related injuries.
  • The challenges and practical considerations of seeking to maintain social distancing
    at the beach.
  • Assisting duty holders with the obligation to update their risk assessments and to consult
    with staff on the implications.
Produced July 2020. Updated April 2021


Returning to swimming pools

Swim England has published its comprehensive Return to Pools Guidance ahead of the Government easing the current lockdown measures.  Five detailed documents have been created and are based on the latest scientific advice and Government guidelines.  The guidance includes robust recommendations for operators, casual swimmers, lane swimming, family-fun sessions, club activity, teachers and those attending swimming lessons.

The Swim England Return to Pools Guidance for clubs, community swimming, operators, swimming lessions and pool users and be accessed here.


Supporting documents

Each document contain links and advice for returning to pools. They also contain reference to a series of additional resources, images and videos, which you can view and download on the supporting documents page.

If you require any of the guidance in another format, e.g large print, then please contact Swim England at and they will be happy to provide it.



Organised events guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Organised events guidance for local authorities has been published and released by by MHCLG on the 6th April 2021. This guidance is aimed at local authorities in England* and is designed to assist them in ensuring events are able to go ahead safely and in accordance with what is permitted at each step of the Roadmap.

*General guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.