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

Please note that Uber, East Block and the services they provide are in no way endorsed by Out to Swim. Your use of these services is entirely at your own risk. Out to Swim accepts no liability for any loss or damage suffered by any person arising from the use of this post. 

Festive Season Changes to Sessions

Added on by Chris Richards.

December is such a difficult month. On the one hand there are parties to go to, presents to buy and drinks to be drunk. On the other hand there is swimming, polo, lessons and synchro to fit in; not to mention cold Mincie Pie dips to be taken. Add into the mix pool closures and one's diary becomes a nightmare!

To help you through the maze that is December, here are some dates for you:

  • Saturday 6th December - ULU closed. No swimming or polo. OTS party instead
  • Saturday 13th December - ULU closes at 18:00. Swimming as usual, but no polo
  • Sunday 14th December - Synchro Christmas show. All welcome, QM pool, 6pm, only £3

Then, over the festive period proper, we have the following last and first swims of the year:

  • Oasis - last swim 18th Dec, first swim 5th Jan
  • QM - last 21st Dec, first 4th Jan
  • Guys - last 18th Dec, first 7th Jan
  • ULU - last 23rd Dec, first 5th Jan
  • LAC - not affected, open on 21st and 28th
  • Marshall St - last 19th Dec, first 2nd Jan

Hope to see lots of you at the OTS party on Saturday, but if not, have a great December and all it brings!

Best wishes


OTS Christmas Party - Final Reminder & After Party

Added on by Chris Richards.

This is my last post I reminder that Christmas Party ticket sales close in 24hrs - if you've not got your ticket already buy it right now, no more tickets can be purchased after 6pm on Sunday November 23rd.

Your ticket includes sumptuous food, amazing entertainment and TWO drinks tokens; you cannot pay on the door, this really is your last chance to come along!

We're really thrilled that so many are already on the list and big thanks to Iarla for negotiating an official after party at East Bloc where he's arranged guest list & cheap entry for all OTS Xmas Party goers, if you're on the book of faces sign up to the event here.

Don't forget to:

  • let me know if you have any dietary requirements
  • keep posting your OTS pictures in OTS Members
  • get in touch with your discipline rep to take part in the OTS Quiz!

See you in two weeks!

The Chrises


Christmas Party Ticket Deadline - Only 5 Days Left

Added on by Chris Richards.

A massive thank you goes out to the record numbers of you that have already purchased your tickets for this year's OTS Christmas Party! If you've not got yours already there are just 5 days left to get your ticket - ticket sales will close at 6pm this Sunday so don't delay - buy yours now!

Only tickets purchased online before this Sunday at 6pm will be accepted on the night (this is a restriction imposed by the venue).

If you are coming and have any specific dietary requirements please reply to this email and let me know, we'll make sure they're catered for.

Don't forget that not only does your ticket grant you fabulous food, amazing company and some of the best entertainment around you also get TWO drinks tokens to use at the bar! 

Finally, don't forget to offer your services to your discipline rep for the inaugural OTS Quiz taking place at the party, click their face to get in touch.

Looking forward to seeing you all on the night,

Chris&Chris xx

OTS Team Swimwear

Added on by Chris Richards.

The first batch of the brand new OTS team swimwear has been received and I'm sure you'll agree that it looks fantastic! If you missed out it's not too late, you can now order direct from our supplier by clicking this link.

A massive thank you to James and the design team for putting together this fantastic collection!

Announcing the OTS Christmas Party 2014

Added on by Chris Richards.

Good tidings we bring, to you and your kin,
We're throwing a party, so the good-times can begin!

The tree's going up, the lights will be aglow,
It's a time to celebrate, with the people we know.

The night will be ours, and you should dress smartly,
Do come and join us, for the OTS Xmas Party!!!

Swimmers, this is your official invitation to this year's OTS Christmas Party! Saturday December 6th 2014 plays host to a fabulous evening of food, drinks and awards at Pause Bar, 80-84 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3A 3DH (near to Aldgate tube station, south down Aldgate High Street). The party starts at 6:00pm and we have the whole venue exclusively and fully equipped with our choice of music, until the early hours of the morning.

But wait boys and girls, there's more! Your entry ticket includes a full hot buffet but you also get TWO alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages from the bar!

A limited number of early bird tickets are now available at the discounted price of £20 (standard £22.50) each, once they're gone!

Alongside some fantastic entertainment we have a fine selection of food available and of-course the hotly anticipated, star studded, awards ceremony! Will you win? Who knows? And you won't know unless you secure your place now! Voting will take place with the run up to the Xmas party, so please watch this space!

Also making a debut this year is the first OTS inter-club discipline quiz! Help your discipline representative secure a rightful victory by joining your team panel! The teams will be organised by the discipline reps so please do let them know if you want to be involved. There will be 3 club member to each discipline. The winning team receives not just the honour of victory but a much coveted prize too!