A little info about the group, we welcome any person that can already swim to the group, you don't have to be an athlete you just need to love swimming, we do not provide lessons but can recommend swimming coaches to the people that require lessons. We do have some triathletes in the groups as well as competitive swimmers, but the model of the the meets is swim until your heart is content and to your own program if you have one or at your own pace or buddy up with someone and do a joint training session if you wish.
The organizers volunteer their time, I personally pay all the running costs for the group, we do not charge membership and we do not ask for donations. However it has been noticed and bought to my attention how frustrating it is when people RSVP yes and do not show up, the RSVP is not changed and no notice is given to the organizers. So what we are going to ask is some consideration and respect for the people who volunteer. If you fail to turn up without notification or amending the RSVP three times you will be removed and banned from the group.
In the beginning we mainly went to London fields lido (which is still one of my fav outdoor pools) We usually go for outdoor swims (winter included), in and around London, we also do the rounds of the indoor pools. The group has grown beyond any expectations I may have had.
The group could really use the help of a few more organizers to help hosting meets. With the help of several more organisers we are hoping to get out and explore most of the outdoor venues around London and further afield. Once the open water lakes/ponds open we will be organsing trips to these locations so for anyone who has never tried open water before it is a great opportunity to do so. GLL/Better are running an open water location in London which is great although it will not be free for people holding their swim membership they are offering a discount, it is an early morning session.
This year challenge is to swim in 30 different locations.
We appreciate any suggestions and look forward to welcoming new members.