Newsletter #6
Vol. 2020

Dear Members,

I hope you are all well and adapting as well as possible to what is fast becoming our 'new normal'. With the Government news of movement into Phase 2 on Friday last, we are moving closer and closer to our clubs returning to the pool.

Whilst we are delighted to see our elite athletes return to the water, I want to assure you that we are doing our very best to get you back in the water as soon as is possible and are preparing all of the relevant documentation to support the different facets and areas of our sport. At the moment pools are referenced in the Government Roadmaps for a Phase/Step 4 re-open and we are working closely with the Department of Sport and Sport Ireland to clarify if potentially some pools can open in Phase 3 (and with the equivalent authorities in the North) and with Ireland Active to support the industry and operators starting back. We are also working with various groups including swimming, water polo, open water and diving as well as our partners in the industry both in Ireland, across the waters and indeed wider internationally to seek to ensure a safe and timely return to water over the coming weeks. We are of course very aware for many reasons that some pools may choose not to re-open immediately even once the Government go ahead is given.

It was therefore felt prudent and indeed timely and necessary to put together a ‘Return to the Water’ (RTW) Timeline’ in terms of when we will be preparing and issuing various communications, supports and resources associated with our RTW. This is included in this Newsletter and you will also find inside the first of our Club documentation supporting how we foresee the re-start and what’s likely to be involved. We are working at all times to minimise the risk around Covid 19 within our environment and to support our Clubs, members and stakeholders to return as safely as possible. We are aware that some of you may feel daunted and/or overwhelmed by the information and changes ahead but I can reassure you that we are here to support you along the journey. It is also important to remember that things are evolving rapidly and we have time to work together through the requirements over the coming weeks.

However despite the pools being closed, we have a huge amount of positive news stories to share with you this month; we have launched a number of new programmes including Online Coaching for Athletes with over 500 young swimmers taking part; we have added more dates for our new Aquatic Parent Programme after the first three filled within days and our education team have been busy rolling out lots of opportunities for teachers and coaches from across the disciplines as well as facilitating the training of 60 new Officials last month and delivering our Virtual Open Water Series.

Read on to catch up on all of May's news and some of the projects and programmes we look forward to in June including supporting Drowning Prevention Week, which started today.

We miss you and the water!

Sarah Keane 
Swim Ireland CEO


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Covid-19 Updates
Return To Water FAQ & Timeline
Club Return To Water Webinars
Swim Ireland Virtual AGM Date
Performance Athletes Return To Pool

Clubs And Community

Drowning Prevention Week June 12-19
Online Athlete Coaching

Women In Sport Wednesdays!
Female Coaches! Have Your Say!

Latest Online Training Schedule
Teachers! Level 2 Now Available
Level 2 Team Manager Goes Virtual
60 New Officials Qualified!
Safeguarding Course for ROI

Youth Development
Time Capsule 2020
Aquatic Parent Programme

FREE Coach Webinars Coming Up

Saturday Workouts with Paul Talty

Mobility Drills with Sport NI's Ryan Keating
Join Our Stars In May Challenge Circuits

Open Water
Chris Bryan joins Virtual Open Water Series

Elite Divers Back At NAC
Coaches: Learn Damian Ball's Story

Water Polo
Water Polo Calendar Latest

IMPORTANT: Return to Water Timeline, Frameworks for swimming & Water Polo Clubs and FAQ for Clubs

Please follow the links below or click the image to find full details of our Return to Water Timeline, Frameworks for Club Swimming and Water Polo and also an FAQ to help you navigate through the phases, and what they mean for you and your club.
Clubs Return to Water Timeline - Click Here
Club Swimming Return to Water Framework - Click Here
Club Water Polo Return to Water Framework - Click Here
Clubs Return to Water FAQ - Click Here
All Return to Water Resources - Click Here

Operator guidance and information will be issuing on Monday.
Return To Water & Virtual AGM Webinars
Booking is already open for June's first four Return To Water & Virtual AGM Webinars. The Virtual AGM Webinars are for Club Committees, while the Return To Water events are also suitable for Coaches.

To book, visit, and search 'Return To Water' or 'AGM' in Events & Courses
NEW DATE: Swim Ireland's first Virtual AGM - The 2020 Swim Ireland Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place on Saturday, July 4 via Webinar. This is the first time that the AGM will be run in a virtual environment and we look forward to welcoming delegates from clubs across the country.

Clubs will receive copies of the Annual Report and 2019 Finances in advance, and among the national elections taking place at the AGM will be the election of the Board of Directors. Delegates will also be asked to consider a number of resolutions put forward by the Board to change the Company Constitution.

These changes are aimed at keeping Swim Ireland to the forefront of best practice governance and include a requirement to have a balanced gender ratio on our Board of Directors and an obligation to have a Governance Committee in place.

There were high fives and thumbs up all round on Monday morning as many of our performance swimmers made their return to water at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. 

You can read more about that morning via RTE Sport, the Irish Times, Irish Examiner, and Irish Mirror. And on Tuesday, the divers were back!

The first draft of the Swim Ireland Season Plan for 2020-2021 was released late last month, and should be read in conjunction with the associated Explanatory Notes document.

All members should note that this Plan is subject to change, particularly in relation to any Government phasing that takes place up to and including competitions commencing.

Swim Ireland are excited to announce that we will be supporting the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) Drowning Prevention Week this year. Drowning Prevention Week runs from Friday 12th June – Friday 19th June,  aiming to help everybody across Ireland and the UK #BeALifesaver and take charge of their own decisions to enjoy the water, safely.  

To find out more about some of the exciting insights, education events, and social media features we will be releasing during Drowning Preventing Week
click here.

Thank you for signing up...We could not believe the response to our Online Athlete Coaching Programme, which began for County Level today. After it's launch last week, we upgraded our Webinar Platform to accommodate more swimmers on this programme, and now have more than 500 bookings!

All levels have now begun but you can find out more information by
click here.
Introducing Women In Sport Wednesdays! Every Wednesday we will be showcasing some of the fantastic females coaches, officials and club volunteers working throughout our Aquatic Sports. 

We hope that this feature gives you a peek into the various roles, and encourages more women to believe they too can make a difference in these Swim Ireland roles.

Read Marian English's interview here

FEMALE COACHES – We need your help! Sport Ireland is seeking help to investigate the current situation for female sports coaches in Ireland. Please take this short survey and share it with other female coaches across all sports, to help Sport Ireland and Swim Ireland shape future programmes, resources, initiatives and more, aimed at supporting and promoting females in coaching.  

Teachers! Take A Step Up In June We are delighted to announce the launch of the Blended Level 2 Swimming Teacher course using our virtual classroom! 

Our next course starts on Monday, June 29. You can find all the details on our booking page by CLICKING HERE.

Please remember that you must be at least 16 years old by the start of the course and hold a Swim Ireland Level 1 Teaching qualification to take part. If you have any questions about teaching or coaching courses, please contact Csenge ( 

Safeguarding Pilot In June, we are piloting the Safeguarding Level 1 course for our members in the Republic of Ireland. This week's course is fully booked, but you can sign up to our next course on June 26 by clicking here.  

Level 2 Team Manager Goes Online We are proud to announce that this month will see the launch of our first-ever virtual Level 2 Team Manager course taking place on 26th June.

This course is ideal for experienced Team Managers, who wish to take on the role of lead Team Manager on regional trips.

For more information and to sign up, click here.

60 New Officials! We will be raring to go when competition resumes, as last month we qualified another 60 Level 1 Officials. If you would like to become a timekeeper at all levels up to and including National Championships, this course is perfect for you, and we have plenty of dates in June.

If you have any questions about Safeguarding, Officials or Team Manager courses, please contact Brónach ( To view all our upcoming courses and training opportunities, please click here.

Write A Letter To Your Future Self... How would you describe what is happening now to someone in the future who hasn’t experienced this? 

A really useful exercise to both document and better understand the incredible circumstances surrounding us now is to try to answer the above question by writing a letter.

We have put together a Time Capsule guide to help you think about what you might like to share with your friends, your family, or yourself, in the future.

Download the Time Capsule here

Have you joined our 'Aquatic Parent Programme'? The programme helps parents in our clubs be great aquatic parents.

The delivery is interactive covering what being an aquatic parent is about, how communication and understanding the sport can help any parent become a great aquatic parent – this is a must for all parents old and new.

For more details, click here, or contact your Club Children’s Officer or Kate Hills on for further information


FREE Coach Webinars Coming Up: 
The Triangle of Trust - with Mark Lappin
Optimising Swim Performance Through Nutrition - with Lorna Cooke
My Story and Coaching Philosophy - Damian Ball
Developing Aerobic Capacity in Age Group Swimmers - with Mark Lappin & Sarah Fellner or Andrew Reid & Mark Craig

For the latest webinar and CPD schedule, please visit our Online Training Schedule.
Saturday Workouts with Paul Talty

Associate Head of Performance Services (Physical) Paul Talty's latest workout videos have been giving you a great insight into the type of work his elite athletes are doing right now. You can follow along with these circuits, and modify for your needs. Check out the playlist on our YouTube channel HERE

Mobility Drills with Sport NI's Ryan Keating

Paul Talty has also been arranging regular collaborations with his external team. The latest is this Mobility Drills video from Sport Northern Ireland's Ryan Keating - it includes the World's Greatest Stretch! Find it by clicking here.

May Challenge Circuits - Still Available

Our high performance athletes also feature in the series of 21 exercise circuits, put together for our May Challenge. These are now available on YouTube in a handy playlist, which you can find by clicking here.

Chris Bryan added to Open Water Series This week we added former World Class Irish 10k Marathon swimmer  Chris Bryan to our Virtual Open Water Webinar Series!

Chris competed at the World & European Championships for Ireland and has since turned to coaching, as well as completed a PhD in Psychology. Learn more about him and learn more from him via our FREE Q&A on June 29.

Register and find out the full line up via our
Open Water Series Schedule.
Having been visualising and practising dives on land, using mattresses and crash mats at home and in their gardens since March, our elite divers finally made it back on to their boards and platforms on Tuesday morning!

Clare Cryan and Oliver Dingley spoke to
RTE Sport's John Kenny after their memorable first session.
Learn More About Damian Ball Aimed at coaches, this is a presentation tells how he built his career as a diving coach, from a small volunteer-based diving club to the final of the 2016 Olympic Games. We will explore Damian’s coaching philosophy and look at some of the highlights, pitfalls, challenges, tough decisions and unexpected moments in his 20 years as a professional coach.  To register for this FREE webinar, click here: My Story and Coaching Philosophy - Damian Ball
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        

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