Brighton Pride

Added on by Philip Collins.

OTS @ Brighton Pride - save the date - Saturday 1st August


OTS will be supporting OTS South at Brighton Pride this year on Saturday 1st August.

We're still in the early throws of organisation so more information to follow soon....however...if you can join us in the parade please email (07885 298 199) or join the Facebook event. The theme will be the same as London's "beach party". 


Added on by Philip Collins.

This years GLLAM (Gay & Lesbian London Aquatics Meet) will take place on the 31st October from 3PM - 7PM at the Queen Mother Sports Centre.  GLLAM is Out To Swim's annual club championships and there will be races to suit all levels.  Excitingly, GLLAM will be one of a number of sports competitions taking place on the 31st October as part of the wider London LGBT sports festival, Sport in the City which will see over 500 athletes take part in sports including as football, swimming, squash, water polo, badminton, running, cycling and boxing.


More details on the competition schedule and entry information will follow, but in the meant time, save the date!


If you don't want to compete but would like to help with the organisation of GLLAM, or even support the wider Sport in the City planning and delivery then please contact Alex Davis Friends, partners and family members are also welcome to volunteer at GLLAM.


Success at Middlesex Masters

Added on by Philip Collins.

Out To Swim’s Men’s team stormed to second place in the Men’s Team event at the Middlesex County Master’s Swimming Championships at Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre on Sunday, 7 June. 

The OTS team consisted of just eight swimmers:  Philip Collins, David Daporta Méndez, David Forrest, Ben Gifford, Rob John, José Luis Rodríguez, Michael Webster and Rob Wintemute who between them amassed 150 points from 32 individual swims and two relays earning nine golds, nine silvers and five bronze. Top Men’s team were Otter with 471 points and who were the overall winners.

Thanks go to Ian Woollard and his team of officials and volunteers at Barnet for making the smooth running event so enjoyable.

OTS have won this event before and with a women’s team and a few more men we could win it again. So here’s looking forward to 2016!

Philip Collins & Rob Wintemute

Polo in Paris (TIP)

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20 water polo players from London Orca (Out To Swim) attended this year's TIP. We couldn't quite eclipse last year's effort of 44 London Orca attendees. The 2015 was arranged as a "mixed" tournament - mixed meaning players from all cities were mixed together on the morning of the tournament, allowing you to be teammates with totally different people for a change.
To start the weekend on Friday night our Social Sextretary Richard Huw Evans organise a team dinner at "Le Gai Moullin" in The Marais. The wine we guessed, whilst unlimited, was watered down, but then some people need this.
The theme for the tournament was "Game of TIP" (Game of Thrones). There were 7 teams, each named after characters. My team was "House of Stark". I don't recall any others because I don't REALLY care - also I have never watched the show, much to the horror of a lot of people. Not ever watching Game of Thrones was like I was dead to a lot of people.
The games were friendly, however the competitive spirit always rises to the occasion as the day draws to a close. Altogether each team would have played 104 minutes of water polo, which is not totally insignificant. As it turns out, my team won, finishing the day with a stonking victory 4-0 in the final! Other London peeps on my team were Orca Captain Darren Whittingslow, Luke Millican, Gareth Johnson and Stefan Romocki. Anyway, we moved on to drinks later that night - as we know it isn't always the sport that draws people to water polo....
The TIP organising committee were keen to organise a successful closing party after last year's abysmal effort (too hot, too small, too hard to get a drink, self-centred shows that went for too long). This year's party, in my opinion, was a great success. Good music, venue and fun shows.
Our focus turns towards our upcoming tournament in Stockholm, as I'm sure attention is focussed for a lot of OTSers. Looking forward to sharing that experience with a BIG OTS team!

Stockholm and the Scholarship and Graham Perlman Funds

Added on by Philip Collins.

Hello everyone,

I thought I'd remind you of the Scholarship Fund and the Graham Perlman Fund.

Amongst other things the Scholarship fund was set up to help members attend competitions such as the Eurogames/IGLA Championships in Stockholm 5-9 August.

The Graham Perlman fund was set up with a generous bequest from Graham and is intended to support people living with HIV take part in the Club's activities. Graham was a superb breaststroke swimmer and an enthusiastic competitor. He was great at encouraging and supporting members at meets and I have fond memories of him at the Amsterdam Gay Games giving hell to the bureaucrats. He would have been delighted at the numbers of us going to Stockholm.

So if you haven't already entered you have until 31 May and if you need financial support check out the website

See you in the water soon!


Eastbourne Swimming Club Sea Competitions, August 22, 23

Added on by Philip Collins.

In the past some of us have participated in this event. Please find below links to the details and entry for the 5km and 2km swims in Eastbourne this Summer.



Alternative you can google, Sports Entry Solutions and manually search the event on their site.

If you are entering both events, please remember the 'discount code'



Added on by Philip Collins.

To all you open water enthusiasts, its time to dust off your wetsuits and head down to the Serpentine to swim with the ducks.

Sessions start Monday 11 May.

See you there


No LAC or Oasis on the Early May Bank Holiday weekend

Added on by Peter Deslandes.

Hey everyone

As ever, not all sessions run over the quieter bank holiday. These are the sessions that will NOT be on this weekend:

  • Sunday 3rd 9-10am at London Aquatics Centre
  • Monday 4th 7:30-80:30pm at Oasis Leisure Centre

All other sessions are expected to run as usual, including Synchro and Polo.

This information is repeated on the Venues & Times page and will be posted across social media as usual. Please check in before heading to any sessions in case of last minute changes.

Enjoy the long weekend :) x

Kings Cross Steelers Social

Added on by Philip Collins.

The Kings Cross Steelers (KXS) have invited Out To Swim Members to their annual fundraising event at Heaven on the 8th of May. The aim is to raise funds for the club with 5% going to Broken Rainbow Charity and 5% going to Terrence Higgins Trust.

Tickets can be purchased through

Diving Fan? Catch the FINA/NVC Diving World Series at London Aquatics Centre 1 - 3 May 2015

Added on by Peter Deslandes.

Calling all diving fans

British Swimming have been in touch about this exciting event taking place at the London Aquatics Centre, 1 - 3 May.

The world's diving elite return to the London Aquatics Centre, scene of the London 2012 Olympics. Building on the success of last year's event, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will welcome up to 70 athletes from 13 different countries, including World and Olympic Champions, across 10 events: women's and men's 3m springboard, 10m platform, 3m springboard synchro and 10m platform synchro.

This is a great opportunity for you and your Club to witness world class diving first hand. Come and support the GB team - expected to include Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley, double Commonwealth Gold medallist Jack Laugher and European Champion Sarah Barrow - as they compete against the cream of the diving world and continue their journey to Rio 2016.

Full schedule

Tickets - from £10 Adults and £7 Under-16s (plus booking fees)

Event preview with Tom Daley

I'm sure it will be great fun, so be sure to check it out!


Swimming's out for Easter!

Added on by Peter Deslandes.

The Easter weekend is a very quiet time for the club so all sessions are cancelled from Friday 3rd to Monday 6th April inclusive.

Everything else is running as usual, including all three sessions on Thursday evening. Then we'll be straight back into it at ULU on Tuesday to work off any chocolate-related excesses!

Remember to check out Venues & Times if you are looking for more alternatives.

Wishing you all the Easter bunnies you can handle

PeterD x

We Need You! Vote Today!

Added on by Chris Richards.

We're proposing changes to our constitution that will make it compliant with ASA regulations, for these changes to be adopted we need 2/3 of the membership to agree with us. Please review our proposals and vote by email before March 28th.

OTS Swimming Training Camp from 10-12th April 2015

Added on by Chris Richards.

A must do date for your diary is the OTS Swimming Training Camp from 10-12th April 2015. The idea of the training camp is a weekend of training and improving fitness, laughter, support and friendship!

It will take place Cobham Hall boarding school in Kent, which is very near to Ebsfleet train station so it's easy to get to by public transport. It has a 25m pool and has 4 lanes. We must stress it is a school and not a 5 star hotel, but saying that everyone that has attended before have had a great time.

There will also be an opportunity to play some tennis on Saturday afternoon (bring your own equipment) or go for a walk in the beautiful grounds or just slob out in the house!

The following programme is being agreed with the school:

  • Friday Night - 1 1/2 hour swim session (7.30 - 9.00 pm)
  • Sat Morning - 1 hour swim session (7.30 - 8.30am)
  • Sat Morning - use of indoor space, gym or sports hall for land training
  • Sat Evening - 2 hour swim session (4-6pm)
  • Sun Morning - 1 hour swim session from (8 - 9.00am), followed by breakfast

The cost of the weekend is an absolute bargain at just £125. This includes, 2 nights accommodation full board and coaching. (The food is amazing by the way!)

Places are limited so book early by emailing Lizzie to book your place.

Like the last 2 years, alongside the training camp we are also going to run a swim school for the Ducklings.

What do I need to do if I want to come?

Email Lizzie to book your place (please note you must be a current member of Out to Swim to attend) and then pay the full amount of £125 otherwise your place will be offered to someone else. We are sorry about this but this is due to people dropping out in the last three camps we have held.

Please pay by bank transfer to the OTS Account (any payments made by cheque or cash will, I'm afraid, attract an additional £1 to cover bank charges).

Please give your surname/swim camp as the reference and let me know when you have done so by e-mail.

I am sorry for the lateness in this email but the school has only just confirmed the date with us!

Speak to anyone who has already attended one of these camps last year and they will tell you how much they enjoyed it!!

Look forward to hearing from you all.

Act fast as places has been snapped up on previous camps!!

Camp Leader Lizzie x

Pride Volunteering Fair - Tuesday March 31st, 6pm

Added on by Chris Richards.

Back for its third year, the ever-popular Pride Volunteering Fair is a chance to meet a range of charities and voluntary organisations and find out how you can get involved to support them with your time and skills.
The event is kindly being hosted at St Thomas’ Hospital in Shepherd Hall, overlooking the river and the Houses of Parliament. All bar proceeds will go to the Hospital Trust.
This is a free event but to help us plan for numbers guests are asked to register below: 

Gay Aqua Sports Social Tomorrow

Added on by Chris Richards.

Happy Friday Team OTS!

This Saturday night please do come along to the Gay Aqua Sports Social at Jetlag Sports Bar, 125 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QB from 8pm. We'll be there along with members of the newly formed Gay Rowing Team (London Otters) and Gay Dragon Boat Racing Club (Flaming Dragons). Admission is free but please do register here to make sure you're on the list.

See you there!

Chris & Chris

Some 2015 Diary Dates

Added on by Chris Richards.

Happy New Year Team OTS!

We often get sent notifications of events around the world that you may find of interest so to help plan out your fabulous year ahead here's some dates for your diary!

Gay Sports Fair

Tuesday 27th Jan, 6pm

The Kia Oval, Kennington Oval (via Alec Stewart Gate)

More Info

Back for its third year, the ever popular Gay Sports Fair returns just in time for that post festive-season fitness burst. Come along and meet the various gay sports teams of London, with the backdrop of the iconic Kia Oval cricket ground. 

Gay Aqua Sports Social

Saturday 31st Jan, 8pm

Jetlag Sports Bar, 125 Cleveland Street, W1T 6QB

More Info

The London Gay Rowing Team have organised a Gay Aqua Sports Social on 31 Jan in a sport bar in Central London.

European Snow Pride 2015

21st - 28th March

Tignes, Espace Killy

More Info

Back for it's 3rd season I'm told this year will be an even bigger event, with guests from even more countries converging on Tignes to experience an unforgettable week of great skiing, partying and socialising.

Prague Rainbow Spring 2015

1-3rd May

Prague, Czech Republic 

More Info

Prague Rainbow Spring is an international sports tournament for LGBT athletes, their friends, colleagues and supporters. More than 500 participants from many countries are expected to compete in 8 different sports.

EuroGames Stockholm

5-8th August
Stockholm, Sweeden
More Info

Along with teams from across Europe, Team OTS will be competing in all of our disciplines in what promises to be quite an event! Register now to guarantee your place!

TSIGALEM 2015 - Sports International Tournament Gay and lesbian Montpelier

28, 29 & 30 August

Montpelier, France

More Info

More details are yet to be announced, check their site if you're interested.

Buttermere Open Water 5K & 10K Swim

20th September

Buttermere, Cumbria

More Info

Registration due to open mid-January 

Tel Aviv Water Games Swimming Tournament

15 - 18 October

Tel Aviv, Israel

More Info

An international LGBT sports and cultural festival happening October 15 – 19, 2015 in Tel Aviv, Israel. For the first time ever, the festival will unite the freedom of gay Tel Aviv with an international sports event on the shores of beautiful Tel Aviv.

See you poolside,

Chris & Chris xx

OTS Christmas Party, After Party & Uber Credit

Added on by Chris Richards.

The big day is almost upon us, this time tomorrow you'll be polishing your dancing shoes ready to tear up the dance floor at this year's OTS Christmas Party at Pause Bar, 80 Leadenhall Street, London EC3A 3DH. Doors open at 6.30pm, make sure you arrive promptly as food will be served from 7pm. On arrival you'll receive your two free drink tokens that you can exchange at the bar which will be serving until midnight

Unfortunately if you don't already have a ticket we cannot sell any more and we'll be unable to sell tickets at the door on the night...but you can join the unofficial After Party at East Block, 217 City Road, EC1V 1JN. 

OTS party ticket holders are on the guest list, just quote your name at the door for cheap entry (£5 instead of £10). The main room is pop until 4am when the pumping house arrives! The second room this month is the bear night Hot Fuzz and the third room has Tony from East 17 (LEGEND!) doing a 90s pop set. If you want to know more check out the event page on the book of faces: 

Also our friends at Uber have a little treat to help you arrive in style if you've never used them before, you can use use this promo code XMASfxk4t and receive one free ride up to £20 in London (Valid until 31/12/14. Up to the value of £20, first riders only).

Finally a massive thank you to the record number of ticket holders for this year's party, we're overwhelmed by the support and really excited for what is promised to be an amazing night!

Chris & Chris xx

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