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Since our last communication on 22 October 2020, the Welsh Government have made a significant change and clarification to the FAQs on sport, (copy and paste link into your web-browser)

Overall, these changes mean the following:

Anyone can play sport or exercise in a group of up to 30 people outdoors or 15 people indoors, if this is part of an organised activity managed by a lifesaving club. Limited breaches of physical distancing outdoors are possible where this is risk assessed and mitigated. These risks only include those assessed and allowed by SLSA Wales, they include items such as award training, first aid and rescues.

Coaches would generally be regarded as participants so the limit of 30 or 15 should include them. However, anybody who is there to organise or support the activity (such as lifeguards or safety cover, IRB’s), can also attend and do not need to be considered within the limit of 30 or 15. Children aged under 11 are also excluded from the maximum number in the gathering.

Conditions for Sessions of Under 18’s
“Unlimited numbers of children under the age of 18 can gather if the purpose is for the development or well-being of children and the number who can be involved is constrained only by the boundaries of the setting and the need for sufficient adults to be present to facilitate and supervise the activity.”

In practical terms, gatherings for those under 18 for sport are only limited by the number of adults (which cannot be more than 30 outdoors/15 indoors) who must be present to allow for the appropriate coach to participant ratio and available space for safe physical distancing. E.g. using a ratio of 1 coach to 3 swimmers you can have 15 coaches and 45 swimmers in a pool simultaneously. Although social distance restrictions will limit this to a lot less.

As a reminder appropriate social distancing in pools is 3m2 per swimmer and 100sqft per person on land, as set out in UK Active Guidance.

This clarification means that organised activity involving members 18 or older will have somewhat tighter restrictions on participants, however, sport for under 18s will have significantly increased capacity and opportunities.

2021 Stillwaters

With regret we have to cancel the 2021 Welsh Stillwater’s in Wales National Pool, Swansea. We are working the Wales National Pool to move the dates later in the 2021 calendar and will let you know when a more information is known.

Lifesaving Awards

Back in February 2020, SLSA Wales took the decision to extend those awards which expired in 2020 until 30/09/2020. Since then the Lifesaving Commission has been working on creating a “COVID safe” training and assessment procedure for Level 1, Level 2 & NVBLQ Awards. This information will be distributed through the regional tutors to clubs with the aim to restart theory training over the next month and restart assessments in Feb/March after the trainers have been through an update with their Regional Tutors.
We appreciate there may now be a small number of members who currently have an expired award and need a current award for work, coaching or to provide safety cover. In these limited number of cases awards which expired since February 2020 can be extended until renewal provided you are enrolled on the MIS to undertake a new assessment and have gained permission from the regional Tutor.

For more information and to get an extension for work, coaching or safety cover please contact your regional tutor.

SLSA Wales Trustees



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