Newsletter #5
Vol. 2020

Despite No Sport We Are Busier Than Ever

Dear Members,

As you will be aware, the Government has released information in relation to the proposed phasing back of restrictions related to COVID-19 and Irish society. In preparation for this Swim Ireland had already established a 'Return to the Aquatics Protocols' working group and we have made several submissions to Sport Ireland/Government in this regard.

We are working closely with Ireland Active, who represent the leisure industry, in relation to protocols and guidance regarding swimming pools. We have liaised with the HSE regarding the impact of Open Water and the COVID-19 and we have been working closely with the Sport Ireland Institute in terms of a return to swimming and diving for our high performance/potential Olympic athletes in the near future.

As part of this we are preparing detailed information and guidance for our Clubs in relation to a return to the pool, bearing in mind that for the foreseeable future this will require changes to how we have all operated previously. We expect that a return to open water swimming (not competition) will be one of the first areas of our sport to return. We will release further and more detailed information in due course. Please keep your spirits up – we do see a return to the water/pool this Summer however we need to ensure all public health measures are carefully considered.

Please do read on as we’ve have loads of news for you this month. As it says above, despite no sport we are as busy as ever!

Sarah Keane,
Swim Ireland CEO


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Covid-19 Updates
Join Our 21-Day May Challenge
Swim Ireland and Kinetica Sports Join Forces
Open Water Events Cancelled
Swim Ireland AGM Postponed
NEW Covid-19 Kid's Time Capsule Pack

Clubs And Community
#WePlay 2020 Online Series - What's New?
Book Your Online Athlete Clinic
Club Development Plan - Online Training Module
Leinster AGM Goes Virtual
SFAM Training Continues!


Youth Development

CCO Forums & Youth Form
Inspire Sports Hub

Latest Online Training Schedule
110 New Officials & Team Managers
Safeguarding Northern Ireland

Saturday Workouts with Paul Talty
15 Ways to do Press Ups
May's Coach CPD Webinars
National Teams Training Virtually

Water Polo
Dry-Land Ball Skills with Goran Sablic
Online Annual Conference - May 16
Latest Water Polo Calendar Changes

Irish Diving Stars Share Workouts
Our 21-Day May Challenge began last week, with the launch of our A-Z of Exercises, demonstrated by some of our best aquatic athletes. You can watch our A-Z of Exercises on YouTube, and find all the details of our May Challenge by CLICKING HERE.

It's focus is on Staying Active, Being Conscious, Minding Yourselves, and Team Work, with daily activities - Monday to Friday - suitable for absolutely all ages and abilities. It is inspired by Sport Ireland's #InThisTogether campaign, which is also well-worth following while restrictions remain so limiting.
Kinetica Sports, one of Ireland’s leading sports nutrition brands and Swim Ireland launched our partnership in 2019. As with most sporting entities, exciting partnership activities and initatives were due to be brought to life through competitions and championships in 2020, which in the wake of Covid 19 restrictions are no longer safe to proceed with.
Despite this, both parties have adapted to the new norm to make these initiatives materialise online through the launch of Swim Ireland’s #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Conference sponsored by Kinetica, the Kinetica #TalkingWithTitans online series  feature's Swim Ireland’s Paul Talty in the opening episode and the latest marketing campaign from Kinetica #IHaveMyReasons which launched Monday includes one of Swim Ireland’s most promising talents, Darragh Greene.  Read more HERE.
Open Water Events Cancelled
We made the difficult decision last week to cancel all open water events under Swim Ireland's jurisdiction that were scheduled up to the end of July. For more details CLICK HERE.
However, as outlined in Sarah Keane's opening address, it is hoped that this is the first area of our sport that will re-open, with beaches that have been closed due to re-open after May 18.
Before that date, the RNLI and Irish Coastguard have called for people to re-consider using open water for recreation, to take pressure off their services. Please read their latest statement here.
Swim Ireland AGM Postponed - A reminder that the 2020 Swim Ireland AGM, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 9, has been postponed. No new date has been set, but it must occur before July 13. For more details on this, please CLICK HERE.
Covid-19 Time Capsule Kid's Activity Pack!
None of us have ever been through anything like this, but we know it is hardest to understand for our little swimmers, divers and water polo players.

That's why our brand new Kid's Activity Pack is about documenting this unique time, to create a time capsule that families can look back on in years to come.

You can download our Covid-19 Time Capsule by CLICKING HERE
#WePlay 2020 Goes Online!
Episodes 1-4 of the #WePlay Inspiring Girls in Sport Online Series, supported by Kinetica and Sport Ireland, are now online with more than 2,000 people tuning in - which is incredible! Providing candid insight into the lives of some of Ireland's most successful athletes and renown sports' experts, these are a must-watch - with new episodes

Still to come... our very own Darragh Greene, Phil Healy; International Sprinter, Leona Maguire; professional golfer, Katie Mullan: Irish Hockey Captain, Foster Horan: Irish Rugby 7’s, Sarah Rowe: Republic of Ireland Football, Mayo Gaelic Football, Australian Rules Football.

oming together, whilst apart, to share their experiences and advice from their sporting journeys. WATCH NOW
After each Wednesday episode, YOU have the opportunity to ask these incredible athletes your questions, so don’t be shy, let us know! Post your question under our Wednesday video releases on Facebook or YouTube, and the athletes will answer through a Q&A session every Friday! If you don't fancy posting publicly, email your question to and we will make sure that it is answer on Friday's episode!
Online Athlete Clinics - We have been so excited by the response to our Athlete Clinics, seeing 18 now delivered by some of our biggest stars in the past two weeks - and we have 14 more already in the calendar this month. These are an amazing opportunity for young swimmers and divers to learn about our High Performance team, and talk directly to them in a relaxed, informal way APPLY HERE
As part of ongoing support for clubs and committees, we have been providing online training, with the latest module to become available being Club Development Plan. This module focuses on creating a development plan for your club and guides you through the benefits and process of creating a long-term vision for your club. For more details CLICK HERE.

Our Clubs & Community team also pulled out all the stops to make history last Friday evening, as they hosted the first Online Leinster Annual Congress/AGM. A phenomenal 61 delegates attended the meeting, more than double what was expected – and we hope all left the meeting feeling supported and heard.

Pools may be closed, but Swim For A Mile training continues! Our Home Workouts have been getting a great reception over on the Swim Ireland YouTube Channel.

These are a great way to keep active, and even swimming, without the water. All sessions can be adapted to suit your ability. Take a look here - SFAM Workouts


Despite the challenging times, the Club Children’s Officers have continued contributing to the welfare of our members. 

The CCOs and the Head of Safeguarding, Ethics and Youth Development, Kate Hills, have had FIVE CCO Forums, covering topical items, including the new 
Virtual Learning Platforms Policy and the changes to the vetting procedures during the social distancing procedures. 

Kate also facilitated a Youth Forum to gather views of young people about their current situation and what is important for their return to sport.  

We are also delighted to have been involved in the development of the NI Mental Health and Well-being Action Plan, culminating in the launch of the new Sports Hub covering the island of Ireland.  This is a valuable and timely resource for all members.   

The Youth Department is continuing its work and is keeping in touch with your Club Children’s Officers regularly, so please get in touch if you have any concerns or topics you would like to see us covering. We will have a new programme being delivered on line during the next month– so watch out for this news in the next newsletter!     

The Education department is proud to announce that we have 40 newly-qualified timekeepers and 70 newly-qualified team managers following our virtual classroom courses. The feedback from these courses has been incredibly positive, so if you are interested in attending an upcoming course, please contact the Education Team on  

We have also delivered three Safeguarding courses for our Northern Irish members over the past month and will be delivering more throughout the coming weeks.

If you have any queries about Safeguarding Courses, please contact the Education Team on  
To keep up to date with the latest offering on our Online Training Platform, including Safeguarding Courses, Level 1 Assistant Swimming Teacher, CPDs, and Forums, bookmark this link.


Saturday Workouts with Paul Talty

Associate Head of Performance Services (Physical) Paul Talty has now put together a whole range of home workouts for everyone to follow while the pools and gyms are closed. Check out the playlist on our YouTube channel HERE

15 Ways to do Press Ups

As well as giving you his own workouts, Paul has also enlisted the expertise of Sport NI's Strength & Conditioning Coach, Ryan Keating. In this Press Ups special, Ryan tries to give you all some variety. Watch it by clicking here.

More Coach CPD Webinars Coming
The Performance Team are running Webinars aimed at helping our coaches increase their knowledge, during this time out of the water. So far we have covered: Kick Development, Team Building, Increasing Athlete Engagement and Developing a Basic Athlete Monitoring Tool.

In May, the areas we will focus on in our Webinars, are as follows:

  • Managing Progressions and Expectations from Age Group through to Youth International
  • the Importance of Engaging Parents in the Journey
  • Creating a Sustainable Club/Coaching Programme
  • Program Planning, Periodisation and Building Appropriate Weekly Plans for Age Group Swimmers
  • Essential Biomechanics in Competitive Diving 
  • Strength Training for Aquatic Sports

There will also be an opportunity to pick the brains of our NPD and National Senior Team Head Coach

Book Your Coach Webinar Here
For more information about these courses and how to book your place on them, please find the latest Online Training Schedule

Training Together, Virtually
Our National Centre, National Squad and Regional Squad athletes are continuing to train together virtually. The National Centre squads are working out together regularly and National Squad athletes are coming together weekly to take part in a session.

The Regional Squad athletes have also been taking part in some online workshops and training.


Ireland Water Polo's National Team Head Coach Goran Sablic has been entertaining and occupying our players with a Dry-Land Ball Skills series, which you can watch on Ireland Water Polo's Facebook Page, and via the playlist on our YouTube Channel.
The Ireland Water Polo Annual Conference takes place via online webinar on Saturday 16th May 2020. All information in relation to the upcoming AGM was sent to all Club Secretaries via e-mail on Sunday 26th April 2020. Clubs must nominate their voting delegates directly to but all other club members can register their attendance here
Latest changes to Water Polo calendar:
EU Nations – U17 Girls (Brno, Czech Republic) - 13th-15th March - Postponed to October 2020
LEN U19 Men’s European Qualifier (Manchester, UK) - 2nd-5th April - Postponed to 2021                       
EU Nations – U17 Boys (Brno, Czech Republic) - 9th-12th April - Postponed to October 2020
Irish Senior Cup (Bangor Aurora) - 24th – 26th April - Postponed to October 2020             
National U15 Cup (Galway) - 1st-3rd May - Postponed (No date yet)
EU Nations – Senior Women (Brno, Czech Republic) - 8th-10th May - Postponed to October 2020
National U13 Mixed Cup (NAC, Dublin) - 23rd & 24th May - Postponed (No date yet)
National U13 Single Gender Cups (NAC, Dublin) - June 2020 - Postponed
ASA Inter Regionals (U15 Boys & Girls, UK) - June & July 2020 - Awaiting confirmation
FINA U16 Girls World Championships (Greece) - July 2020 - Awaiting confirmation
LEN U19 Women’s European Championships (Rome) - August 2020 - Postponed to 2021        
Swim Ireland's Head Diving Coach, Damian Bell, and some of his elite team, including Clare Cryan, Tanya Watson, and Ciara McGing, have put together a full series of dry-land workout videos, and accompanying notes, which has been shared with our club divers.

We'll be sharing some of the workouts on YouTube, so subscribe to the Swim Ireland Channel to keep in the loop

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