FAQ - Brighton
Q. Do I need to tumble turn or dive?
This is not required to join or needed on a ongoing basis unless you want to compete, but we can help with this.
Q. Do I need to wear speedos?
Our members are diverse range of people, body types etc and therefore, please wear the swimming costume you feel most comfortable. If you would like to wear a T-shirt that's fine, but we would recommend a “rash vest”
Q. Do I need any equipment?
Just a pair of googles. For Roedean and Prince Regent, if you have finns, please bring them and for the Prince Regent please bring pull and push floats, however these are not required to swim, but handy to have. These can be purchased at a later date if needed, we can help you with this.
Q. What happens if I can't do the set or certain strokes (Butterfly, backstroke etc)?
You don’t need to complete the sets. We try to do a mix of strokes but you don’t need to do certain strokes. We can suggest alternatives or help you learn the stroke. We would like to emphasis this for new joiners. On Saturdays we operate development lane for anyone who can swim a minimum of 4 lengths.
Q. I am trans, can I join?
Of course you are very welcome. All OTSS sessions are open to those who identify as trans or non-binary. We do not have separate gender training or lanes. We swim inclusive and non gender specific. The Prince Regent has mixed private cubicle changing and Roedean has single sex changing rooms (there are no cubicles).
While our sessions are coached, our London branch also offers a twice-monthly Transgender And Gender non-conforming Swimming group at the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre London. More information can be found here. There is also Trans-friendly Swimming at St- Lukes pool in Brighton, more information can be found here.
Q. What is the ratio of men to women?
Q. What is the rough idea of the distances normally swum in a session?
On Saturday we normally operate 4 different lanes depending on skills and the distance is different for each lane, the minimum lane is normally 1.2km and the highest lane is normally 2.5km, but it depends on the individual as there is no pressure to complete the set.
Q. What are the changing facilities and locker situation?
At Roedean we have single sex changing room with showers, which is secure and no lockers, there are no cubicles. The changing rooms are open from 4:45pm to allow you to be ready at 5pm.
At the Prince Regent we use the mixed private cubicle changing. £1 (refundable) is needed for the locker.
Q. Do the “Positive Strokes” swimming sessions (swimming club for HIV-positive women and men) operate in Brighton or Hove?
Positive strokes is a separate organisation run by the YMCA in London only, details for these session can be found here. However you are very welcome to join us at our main OTSS sessions in Brighton.
There are also non-coached sessions run by peer action in Brighton, please see here.
Q. Are you more a sports club or social club?
While we have members that compete, the strength of the club that shines through is how friendly it is.
Q. Do you have any posters I can display
Please find a copy our poster you can download (pdf). Please print and distribute as needed.