Swim Ireland Protocols for Republic of Ireland clubs as part of COVID-19: Reframing the Challenge, Continuing Our Recovery and Reconnecting.

The Government and Sport Ireland have announced the next and final phase of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Thanks to our clubs’ diligence and adherence to COVID-19 protocols, along with the high uptake of COVID-19 vaccines throughout the country we can now look forward to a return to full training and competition soon. Clubs should continue to maintain a high level of vigilance and caution by encouraging club members to continue practising good hygiene and avoid attending training if they feel unwell. 

Club committees, coaches, teachers, and COVID-19 officers should review this document and supporting information and contact their club support officer with any questions they may have. The following protocols will come into effect from 20th September until 21st October.

Swim Ireland COVID-19 Protocols Declaration Form (September 2021)

Swim Ireland accepts that it is not possible for any sport to eliminate the risk of the spread of the COVID-19 virus completely and will work with all stakeholders to minimise risk; this concept must be fully understood and accepted by all Swim Ireland members who wish to partake in aquatic activities.

All club members attending training sessions, including athletes, coaches, COVID-19 officers, persons of duty etc. are required to complete and return the updated declaration form to their club by Friday 17th September, to enable clubs to best plan their ongoing training programme. This is a once off form that will remove the requirement for daily self-report screening forms.

  • One of the purposes on the updated declaration form is to alleviate the burden placed on club volunteers and club members by the daily self-report screening form. Club members are encouraged to promptly complete and return the declaration form.
  • In line with GDPR best practice the declaration forms should be held until 30th October 2021, after which time they will be safely and securely destroyed.
  • Club members over 18 in Republic of Ireland will be asked to indicate their COVID-19 immunity status. Proof of immunity will be required for adults over 18 years of age.
  • Club members from Northern Ireland attending training or events in Republic of Ireland will be required to provide proof of immunity.
  • COVID-19 immunity is defined on www.gov.ie as fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within previous 6 months.
  • Your HSE Vaccination Card or your EU Digital COVID Certificate is acceptable as proof of immunity. Facilities and clubs may also ask for Photo ID for verification purposes.