South London Swimming Club hosts the Midsummer Relay Print

Midsummer's eve and Out to Swim fielded four teams for the annual South London Swimming Society 4 x 1 x 4 relay at Tooting Bec Lido. With some rather unsummery weather up until the day, the pool wasn't the warmest, but the sun did shine on us as we took to the pool.

Surprisingly, the most commonly heard words were not about the cold, but about the distance. At 92m long, the swims never seemed to end. And with 30 teams spread across the 33m wide pool, it was a bit of a good natured scrum at times. However, it didn't stop us all making the top ten.

In the 101-150 age category the OTS Penguins were 6th, OTS Swimming 1 were 7th and OTS Mash-up (made up of synchro, polo and swimmers) were 9th. However big congratulations to OTS Swimming 2 for their second place finish in the 151-200 age category. Well done Denise, Phil, James and Paul.

More photos to be found here.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2012 08:47
Vicki and the Olympic relay Print

Vicki, one of our longest standing OTS members and head of the lessons programmes, had the honour of bearing the Olympic torch on Friday.  Congratulations, Vicki, an honour well deserved.

Last Updated on Sunday, 17 June 2012 12:59
Serpentine Sessions 2012 Print

photoIt was the first open water Serpentine Session of 2012 in Hyde Park this week, and 16 swimmers took the plunge. Starting at 7:00pm, we were given a ten minute warm up, followed by some drills and some sprints. Then Alex gave us the main set made up of 800m, 600m and 400m negative split swims, which doesn’t seem so bad when a length is 100m. After a warm down, most of us swam 4k. Not bad for a Wednesday evening. Of course all of this is done as the sun slowly sets over the Serpentine Bridge. Whilst it doesn’t help with sighting early on, it certainly helps later on as it reflects off the still water. The friendly geese and moorhens were also back and looked on with a bemused look on their faces as we paddled on by.

A few super hardy swam without wetsuits including this year's Channel swimmers, and swam for an extra half hour to complete their 2 hour required swim.

We will do this all over again every Monday for a few months from 7:00pm - 8:30pm: come and join us!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 June 2012 21:36
Summer 2012 - Pool Closures Print


Oasis and ULU are both closing over the summer for essential maintenance. All of our sessions in those pools are cancelled in the following periods:

  • Oasis: last session on Thursday, 31 May 2012. Closed for approximately 8 weeks.
  • ULU: last session on Saturday, 2 June 2012. Closed 4 June - 3 September.
  • LONDON BRIDGE:  closed for essential maintenance - re-opens Monday, 11 June.

The Orchard Lisle (London Bridge) is also closing from 1st of June till the 11th June for boiler repairs and our sessions there cancelled accordingly.

A new session has been added at Queen Mother on Saturday evenings from 19:00 - 20:00 during the time of the ULU and Oasis closures.

We are hoping to resume our normal schedule below in September.

Last Updated on Sunday, 03 June 2012 11:05
TIP 2012 Results & Pictures Print

altThe Tournoi International de Paris took place last weekend (from 25th to the 28th May) and greeted athletes from several countries with amazing weather and an ideal enviroment for sport and socialisation. Out To Swim was amongst the biggest groups to take part in this competition from outside of France. You can download a link to the results of the various swimming tournaments from the following link:

icon TIP 2012 Results.

Emma B. has taken some amazing pictures (you may need to log in to view them).


Last Updated on Sunday, 03 June 2012 11:05
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