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Return To Swimming 12th April 2021

Parent and Swimmer Information April 2021

Welcome back to our swimmers, parents and carers. Please return to the same sessions you attended prior to lock-down. Just a quick reminder that Monday starts at 6pm; we managed one session at the new time before going into lock-down.

Outlined below is information regarding the procedures that have been put in place to ensure we can continue to have a safe as possible return to the pool. Can all parents / guardians please read through this even if you have done so before and where possible go through with your young person.

The key message across all of the procedures is HANDS FACE SPACE. There is signage in place around Scarborough Sports Village to remind us of this

Our club Covid Lead is Vicky Gough. She can be contacted by email on This is also the email address to use as a point of contact for contact tracing

At each training session there will be a Covid Link person from the Club Committee or bank of DBS cleared volunteers who is monitoring that procedures are followed. All involved in the club have a collective responsibility.

Any problems will be communicated back to the Covid Lead who can address these and communicate where necessary with Everyone Active and the rest of the club.

Further advice on returning to swimming can be found on the Swim England Website here guidance for users.

Please use the remaining days before returning to the pool to make sure your young person is able to put their hat and googles on independently. Due to transmission risk we are unable to assist in putting on hats / goggles so please help your young person by encouraging them to practice at home. If putting a swim hat on is a struggle, they should arrive with the swim hat on.

Please do not come to a training session if your child (swimmer), yourself, someone in the household or the person taking your child to and from the session is showing any possible symptoms

  • a high temperature –this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough –this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If any of the symptoms are shown please follow the government guidance on self-isolation.

The Swim England health survey that you completed electronically also includes diarrhea, vomiting and muscle aches (not associated with sport injury)and asks for a period of 7 days after recovery before commencing training.


Arrival / carpark

Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your session is due to start. It is the parent / guardian’s responsibility to ensure the young person is safe and following the COVID-19measures while they are outside the building, the club is not responsible at this point.

You are advised to ensure your child / yourself as the swimmer are wearing suitable clothing for the weather as we are unable to allow swimmers in any earlier.

Please also make sure you arrive on time to your session i.e. If swimming at 6pm on Monday arrive between 5.50pm-5.55pm.

We are asking all swimmers to wear a face covering before and after training unless exempt under the government rules (age or medical). Please queue outside the building ensuring you are 2m apart from other swimmers / parents. When it is 5 minutes before a session is due to start, the swimmers will then be directed down to the pool by a member of the committee/volunteer having had their name checked against the list of forms returned


Reception / entrance area

Swimmers then go straight down to the changing village, escorted by Kingfishers coaches or Covid Link personnel, keeping to the left-hand side of the stairs.

If swimmers touch the hand rail going down the stairs they should use the hand sanitizer which is situated at the entrance to the changing village.

Spectators are only allowed for swimmers under 8 years old or if a swimmer has SEND. This should only be 1 parent / guardian per swimmer.

Any problems please contact the Covid Lead. Please ensure social distancing is followed on the balcony. Everyone Active display signage requesting for masks to be worn on the balcony (unless exemptions apply).

Changing village before training









Our young swimmers are reminded to follow social distancing rules and not gather with their friends. Some were starting to do this as soon as parents were out of sight and needed reminders from volunteers. If it becomes a persistent problem, unfortunately they will not be able to attend sessions until they agree to follow the rules.


Due to transmission risk, our volunteers and coaches are unable to assist swimmers with putting on their swim hat. If your young person finds this difficult, please ensure they arrive to the session with the hat already on.

When swimmers go poolside they will be guided to an available area on the benches. If a swimmer is wearing a face mask / covering they should keep it on until the last possible moment changing and then place it in a bag (not on the seating).

Arriving beach style ready means having your costume / trunks on underneath your outer clothing. Outer clothing can be removed once in your area on poolside.

Swimmers should ensure that social distancing is followed in the changing village and when moving on poolside. We know our swimmers like to be social and this aspect has always been and always will be, a part of Kingfishers. However, at the moment swimmers should be focusing on changing and getting into the pool and therefore further reducing transmission risk.

During training

Swimmers should use their own equipment and avoid touching others equipment / kit bags. All kit should be named. Wet kit bags will need to be spaced out on poolside.

For some sessions coaches ask for swimmers to take the kit they need out of their wet kitbag and leave the bag where they have changed.

Water bottles should be clearly labelled with swimmer’s name. Water bottles cannot be filled while at the swimming pool so if a swimmer regularly needs to fill up their bottle they are advised to bring a 2nd drink.

Social distancing should be followed in the pool e.g. not all swimmers will be able to move forward and get their drink or equipment at the same time.

If swimming lengths,the first swimmer will get to the wall, all other swimmers should stagger apart down the lane. This will mean that the last swimmer in the lane will not finish their set at the wall.

Coaches and poolside covid link person will remind swimmers.

Changing after training

To minimize risk, we are asking swimmers to towel dry poolside and get dressed over costume / trunks and then shower at home. As soon as possible when drying, swimmers should put on their face mask / covering.

Once beach style changed poolside, we are asking swimmers to meet parents at the fire door to the left of the pool, which is to the left of the bike shed outside

Follow the path down and turn right towards the back of the building (staff car park)

A covid link personnel will support the transition to ensure social distancing is maintained, and all swimmers are collected safely.

We are reminding parents to arrive promptly at the exit point to minimize congestion around the exit door. Please ensure you come to the exit point, we do not have enough volunteers to escort your child to your car / across the car park.

We appreciate that you may want to catch up with friends but please ensure you follow the latest government rules regarding groups / social gatherings.

Coaching team and covid link volunteers will be around to support the transition between areas within the building and also inform of any procedural changes.

Any questions please contact the Covid Lead at

Thank you

Vicky Gough – COVID Lead / Secretary

Colin Simmons – Club Chair

Debbie Fox – Covid Link

Important Notice – Back To Swimming Update

Dear Parents/Guardians and Swimmers

I hope you are well and swimmers are ready for a return to the pool!

Following the latest government announcement the club is able to return, at last, on Monday 12th April.  Below is a summary of useful information and a request for completion of health forms (online) as soon as you can please:

:: Restrictions/social distancing still apply as before
:: Masters cannot return until after a further announcement in May
:: Juniors age 17 on 31 August 2020, but now age 18, CAN swim from 12th April
:: Covid-19 Health Screen and Risk Awareness Declaration Forms MUST both be completed before returning
:: Session times and pricing currently unchanged
:: Anyone with an unpaid membership/session fee and no arrangement in place will be unable to swim as they will not be insured
:: Updated Club Guidance Book will be issued later this week
:: Pro-rated billing will resume on 12th April, therafter normal billing on 1st May.

Please find below the link to the Covid-19 Health Screen and Risk Awareness Declaration Forms which we have put online as one form in 2 sections – for completion by swimmers AND volunteers:

:: Complete BOTH forms ASAP – no later than 24 hrs before swimming!
:: Remember to click SUBMIT on the very last page …
:: One form per family, individual Master or volunteer
:: Include all names of those returning now to swim/volunteer
:: If anyone cannot return now, complete the forms later but BEFORE returning
:: If absent anytime due to holiday/illness complete another form BEFORE returning.


You can access the forms here:

These need to be completed for each swimmer and volunteer. The online form must be completed, as stated above, at least 24 hours before your first session so our volunteer admin team can process it.

If the form has not been received then you/your child will not be allowed entry to the session. Please pay particular attention to the Health Screen section as this advises what to do when illness does occur.

Please ensure your membership and session fees are up to date otherwise your Swim England Membership will not be live and you will not be insured to swim, so entry will be refused, unless you already have an arrangement in place or payment is received. Please email if you have any questions.

April training fees will not appear until 12th April (pro-rated for the month) and normal full month fees will restart on 1st May.  It takes 7 days approximately for direct debits to hit your bank account.  Bank transfers should be done on 12th April and any arrears cleared this week.

You can check your Swim Manager account and invoicing here:

We realize this is to be done with less than a week to go – but I am sure you will appreciate we need to work with the most up to date information from the government and Swim England and in all other respects the club is ready to restart, as our volunteers have been busy during lock down.  We don’t set the rules but we all have to follow them!

The updated guidance booklet for swimmers will be sent via email later this week after a meeting with Everyone Active.

Any other updates and/or changes will be posted via email and in the Facebook Group – so please keep an eye out on both communication streams.

As always, if you have any questions please email myself as Club Secretary and Covid Lead:

For other enquiries see the links below for the relevant contact points.

Thank you again for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to seeing you back in the water in 2021.


Vicky Gough

Club Secretary and Covid Lead

For assistance please contact:

Swim Manager and Accounts:
Kingfishers Swimming Club is a registered charity in England No: 1093018.

Swimming Club Update- Re-opening News

Dear All

According to the government roadmap out of the pandemic, pools are due to reopen 12 April. We anticipate restarting on this date. The pool operator will not get the go ahead until the week before. As always you will only pay for the sessions that are offered and your swim manager account will be amended accordingly. Please keep an eye on your email as there will be an updated Covid health form to complete.

This will be sent once we have received confirmation of a start date.

We are all eager to resume some normality and look forward to this being the beginning of the new normal.

Masters will receive an additional email update as it is expected to be May on the government road map for when masters can return

Any questions please contact the club secretary at uk


Vicky Gough
Kingfishers Swimming Club

Meet the Committee – Colin Simmons (update)

So, after my omission of a personal picture I thought I would share my winter/summer persona.

Hopefully it won’t be long before you see me with the microphone at one of our galas.

Chairman’s Blog – Col Simmons

Chairman’s Blog – Col Simmons

‘Even though we are not back swimming, yet, there is still plenty going on behind the scenes. With this in mind I thought I would share an insight into the Chairs commitments over the next week or so. Keeping up to date with the necessary and relevant information is important to us at Kingfishers. On Sunday I completed an on-line safeguarding course designed to bring me up to date with the ‘digital age’ with regard to club members. Yesterday I joined with Vicky to attend a teams meeting with Every One active to plan the return to swimming. Our monthly teams Committee meeting is this Thursday evening, the main discussions will be around membership, finance, open water restart, open meets and what courses are available to continue to train our coaches, helpers and volunteers. Next Tuesday I will attend a virtual teams meeting with North East Swimming to discuss the role of a club chair during the lock down and beyond. Along with the other committee members we are planning to be ready when Boris nods his head Swimming’s way.

Stay safe everyone.

Meet the Committee Series 12 + 1 (superstitious)

Here is the 12th plus 1 and final installment in our Meet the Committee series and we end the series with our Club President

Maureen Dickinson

We hope you have all enjoyed getting to know the committee a little better.

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club?
A: Club President and Swimming teacher
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: 1976 when my daughter joined as a junior member
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee?
A: Sitting in the gallery wasn’t for me so I tackled any task that needed a volunteer, progressing through the ASA, RLSS and STA Teaching and coaching and Judging programs back in the 80’s and 90’s
I always tried to steer clear of joining the Committee because I spent so much of my time poolside, organising, and attending galas and as open water coach I was traveling with the team every weekend during the warmer months. However, when invited to become President of the Club the Privilege and honour was one, I could not refuse.
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: I can swim and do when possible, had to complete RLSS water tests for teaching purposes and my claim to fame was a Castle Foot swim back in the day
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time heroes?
A: Retired Dental Nurse and Tutor. I am a founder member of the Orthodontic National Group for Dental Nurses.
As a group we had a mountain to climb lobbying parliament to open the dentists act, this allowed us to formulate a career pathway for post qual specialist training, developing exams syllabus and format, for nurses and eventually therapists. I hated retirement I was suddenly without a fight or cause! So I became a volunteer at the hospice the gentle pace suits my new energy levels. Old age has nothing to recommend it apart from a head full of memories
Favourite pastime – after swimming!
Watching athletic sporting events – Open water training and Championship
Heroes after my family!
Mark Spitz, Adrian Moorhouse and more recently Adam Peaty
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club?
A: Annoys me? -Takers rather than givers and anyone who is not prepared to walk a year in our volunteers’ shoes.
Makes me Happy? – having the ability to share with and teach a child life changing and lifesaving skills and being a small part of their journey through the ranks of swimmers from beginners to pool-side helpers.
Kingfishers has been a significant part of mine and my family’s life for the past 45 years and has given us so many treasured experiences and memories. Plus the opportunity to work with and meet so many outstanding swimmers and families and forge so many rewarding friendships.

Meet the Committee Series 12

Here is the 12th and penultimate installment in our Meet the Committee series, our club chair

Colin Simmons

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club?
A: I’m very proud to be Club Chair, currently in my 2nd year.
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: 2003. I was looking for a swimming club for my daughter Chloe to join and the club was recommended by Ginny Wilkinson, Chloe’s Pre school teacher. Chloe spent 2years as Club Captain.
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee?
A: Dave Cracknell identified me as a potential timekeeper, my first gig was a friendly gala at Whitby, then Team manager followed by joining the Committee, then various roles within the committee over the years
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: I can swim, but lets leave it there!
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero?
A: Driving Instructor / Sport / Outdoor activities – Fresh Air! / David Bowie / Mohammed Ali
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club?
A: I wish that all parents and carers would realise that we are only doing our best and instead of criticising from afar come closer and offer solutions.
Home Galas and club championships, when I see the fun that everyone is having while achieving personal and club goals.

Meet the Committee Series 11

Here is the 11th installment of the Meet the Committee Series

Vicky Gough

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club?A: My current role is Honorary Secretary and Covid Lead. I also help with the front desk when the open water squad are at the lake. My husband is part of the safety crew and has also supported all sea swim challenges as well as taking some of the open water volunteers dolphin watching.When I was on the committee previously I headed up the fundraising.

Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?

A: My son Oliver joined the learn to swim programme when the club was at the old pool in May 2016 testing the patience of

Margaret Alice Hope, Jane Sedman, Maureen Dickinson and Katie Lee. The friendly atmosphere appealed to us. We were already involved with the open water team as the support boat for sea swims including the staithes to speeton challenge.
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee?
A: I joined the committee in October 2016 and took on the role of fundraising. I left the committee two years later due to family commitments but still helped out where I could be it at recording at club champs, supporting at the lake for open water swimmers or counting lanes at badge night while in the latter stages of pregnancy.
I rejoined the committee in January 2020. Replace is the wrong word to use here as I can not do that but I took up the challenge of being the club secretary with the aim of doing a reasonable job that Amanda Lee would have been proud of. Little did I know at the time that this would include all the challenges covid would bring including spending the last month of maternity leave in meetings to plan the club’s return to the pool.
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: Many many many years ago I did swim at club level a few miles down the road but now it’s not a great sight and my front crawl is even worse.
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero?
A: Teacher (full time at a special school)
A: baking, being outdoors,
A: My gran
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club?
A: It often feels like the time volunteers put it is not appreciated or understood.
A The Kingfishers family pulls together when it is needed. This is often led by our president Maureen Dickinson and Paula Ambury whether it be at the pool or the lake. Thank you to you both for all that you do for the club

Meet the Committee Series 10

Here is the 10th installment in our Meet the Committee series

Kay Noble

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club?
A: Head of Fundraising
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: March 2017, Niambh attended Everyone Active lessons both at Scarborough & Malton but I felt that they were contradicting each other and wanted something better and consistent. I was leaving the old pool after a lesson when Kingfishers were setting up. I asked Amanda & Paula how to join and never looked back.
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee?
A: Amanda asked me if I was interested in taking on the roll and thought why not. You can only try your best and think I have done a pretty good job in my 1st year raising over £3,000.
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: I can swim but not a pretty site with my lockdown belly. I wish my mum had made me join a swimming club rather than ballet. My brother and I would go every Saturday afternoon to the indoor pool whilst mum was busy working. We are both very competitive which unfortunately have passed to both our daughters who have a 1 year age gap.
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero?
A: Company Director of MKN Surveyors( my husband & myself company)/ I love walking my dog and having a good chat to friends / 2 people – my grandad & great uncle both who served 20+ years on the Scarborough Lifeboat saving many lives and putting their own on the line. Both were on the lifeboat when it tragically overturned in the south bay with 3 mens lives lost. They survived as my great grandad said to them – “ what ever you do hold on , it will come right and roll right over”.
Me & my family love going to Disney world in Florida. 1 st went in 1984 when my grandad wanted to go so took me & my brother as an excuse so he wouldn’t feel out of place.
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club?
A: Got to be moaning from unhappy parents (only natural) but I would expect it from kids not adults. If your not happy please tell 1 of us on the committee, we are human and are here voluntarily trying our hardest. Theres a lot of great kids in the club who mostly get on well with each other and will help the young ones especially when needed. This is especially noticeable when we are at the galas which will hopefully return soon

Meet the Committee Series 9

Here is the 9th installment in the Meet the Committee series

Brian De-Alker

Q: What is your role at the Club?
A: Treasurer, Swim England membership and ‘boring’ stuff (after a year bringing things together that Amanda used to do, we will be looking for volunteers post Covid!). Includes the other things we have to do to operate as a club; club insurances, DBS and Safeguarding, HMRC, Gift Aid (please tick the box in Swim Manager – it costs you nothing but means the club can gain more from your membership!) and Swim Mark (we are assessed every 2 years by Swim England). We have worked hard to bring in new tools like Swim Manager which, Covid aside, help greatly in reducing the burden on volunteers. I’m also signed off on time keeping am a Swim Teacher and Team Manager amongst other things.
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: In 2015, after moving to Scarborough I was looking for a swimming club for my daughters that also swam Open Water. Kirsty DM did a very good sales talk and explained all that the club did. They started in the pool and Elisha was also given a great welcome at the Lake by Paula, Maureen and Amanda, soon joining the 2017 Channel Relay Team. Also there was cake!
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee?
A: Kirsty and Ginny got to know I had set up a swimming club with a group of families when living abroad and I deliberately declined repeated invitations to join the committee for a year, based on previous learnings, to see what went on and how the club worked. Amanda later found out, then there was no escape. Ginny wasn’t easy to avoid either. I joined in the year running up to the move to the Sports Village and did the membership renewals in 2017, later became an officer and eventually left for a short period after 3 years as Chair, in 2020. I returned last February to assist with administration.
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: Yes – but not enough to be a great front crawler – mainly breaststroke (as the family grew up life got busy). In the years BC (before children) I moved around with work and swam open air in the sea where it was always 28 degrees (yes, that was the water temperature) and the open air pools did not need to be heated! After moving to Ireland, much more bracing in the Irish Sea with Elisha (summer only) and in a (heated) pool. I currently swim at Ryedale Swim and Fitness before or after work.
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero?
A: Currently Duty Manager at Ryedale Swim and Fitness and manager of the swim scheme. I am a Swim Teacher, Rookie Lifeguard instructor and Lifeguard and look after pool plant. I love to cook Asian food, walk and swim. Hero … difficult one but as a breaststroke swimmer it has to be Adam Peaty. Can he go any faster?
(Disclaimer: For the record, I don’t get involved in meetings or negotiations with the pool operator for the club. They are always dealt with by the Secretary and Colin who report to the full committee).
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club?
Start with Happy! Kingfishers is a great community with a strong spirit going back years – and for those wanting to give something back it is a great place to be. It supports swimming members and volunteers and encourages them to gain skills and work with others The planned enhancements to the youth development and leadership programme with Swim England will also give opportunities for younger members to step forward and be supported.
The negatives are not all ‘bad’ – a lot has changed in recent years. The club used to be run on paper and not have membership emails and this took ages to change, first internally with Microsoft365 then externally to members with Swim Manager last year.
Like most clubs factions can develop from time to time that tend to be, with the best of intentions, inward looking and somewhat self focused. I encourage anyone with an issue to get involved and see the bigger picture and look to make change, building on what is already in place rather than being negative and looking to criticise the good work of our volunteers, who give their time unquestionably in good faith to keep things going – especially during this very strange time. If an issue is approached on a positive and inclusive basis it should be discussed on its merits and changes can be made, if it is the right thing to do for the greater good. The club secretary is the first point of contact.
Whilst it is true several open water past parents stepped in a few years back to help the club reform its governance, with several retirements and a lack of new faces at the time, it is my opinion that we are in debt to them for what they achieved to get us where we are today.
Please remember the club is one, and is bigger than we each are individually. It is here for everyone and not just one swimmer, one squad or one parent.
If you have a great idea for change or you want a problem looked at, get involved and don’t let it fester. The committee works for the benefit of all members rather than just a select few and will debate and support all good ideas and make change if it can – for the benefit of all our swimmers!