Colds, Ear Infections, Illness and Swimming

Neil Bailey Swimming Classes

Colds, Ear Infections, Illness and Swimming

As the cold weather looms and the days are getting shorter, it is of course that dreaded time of the year – cold and flu season. Whilst it is obvious that swimming with a heavy cold or an ear infection is not going to benefit your child, it is often difficult to assess when is a good time to cancel a swimming lesson, and also when to come back to swimming post-cold/illness.

What to look out for – early signs and symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Muscle soreness/aches
  • Sore throat, runny nose and/or ear ache

Whilst it is not forbidden to swim when suffering from a cold or illness, we do not advise that parents bring their children along to their lesson if they are exhibiting any of the symptoms listed above. If your child suffers from frequent ear infections, it is worth investing in a set of ear plugs and/or an ear band to prevent the water entering their ears. Links to these will be at the bottom of this post.

When to tell us if your child is ill

Please email the office if you are unable to attend a swimming lesson due to illness, this allows us to organise an additional make-up session once your child is feeling better. Contact details will be at the bottom of this post.

When is best to return to lessons post-illness

Depending on your child’s illness, we recommend waiting at least 24 hours after the symptoms have gone before returning. If your child has been sick, please ensure they do not return to lessons any sooner than 48 hours after.

It is worth bearing in mind that if your child is running a fever, the water will feel much colder to them which can enhance symptoms further. If you are not sure whether or not your child is ready to return to lessons, please check with your GP.

Contact Details and Links


Ear Plugs: here

Ear Bands: here