Trans & Non-Binary Swimmers
All OTS sessions are open to those who identify as trans or non-binary, although we recognise that many of the pools we use do not cater adequately for the needs of that community. However, in an exciting new collaboration between OTS and TAGS - Transgender And Gender non-conforming Swimming group – there is a new, twice-monthly swimming session at the Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, Adelaide Road, London NW3 3NF.
The pool is self-contained and has its own private changing for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Swimmers. The sessions are held on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month, from 8.30 to 10.00 pm. The nearest tube station is Swiss Cottage (3 minutes walk away) and there is free parking in the local streets after 6.30pm - Winchester Road / Fellows Road / Eton Avenue. The cost of each session is £3.65, payable at the venue.
OTS is contributing towards the pool hire costs and providing a trained coach for those TAGS swimmers who want to develop their swimming skills and technique. Those who do must join OTS by completing the OTS Swiss Cottage membership form. There is no cost to the TAGS swimmers. We want to encourage the TAGS swimmers to join OTS and to help them integrate fully and enjoy the benefits of being part of our Club. Further information about TAGS can be found on their website and further details of the Swiss Cottage sessions can be obtained from Roberta Francis. In December 2017, Swim England released a Guide to Engaging Trans People in Swimming here.
Any trans or gender non-conforming swimmer interested in trying out OTS should complete the Trial PARQ (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire). You’ll then be invited to come along for a free taster session where the Head Coach will be able to assess your swimming ability and decide which lane you should be allocated to.
Any trans or gender non-conforming swimmer wanting to join OTS but only interested in attending the Swiss Cottage sessions are asked to complete the OTS Swiss Cottage membership form.
Existing OTS trans and non-binary members are welcome to attend the Swiss Cottage sessions, subject to payment of the session fee at the venue.