London Orca - Revving up for Rotterdam! Print

Johnnie-smallWith an active squad of over 60 players, London Orca - the water polo team of Out To Swim continues to grow.

Our next major competition will be Rotterdam's EuroGames in July where we will be taking on teams from across Europe, including Paris, Amsterdam, Manchester and our arch-rivals Copenhagen.

Our squad for Rotterdam will be 34 plucky Orca - our largest competition squad ever.  This means that we will be taking 3 teams and will be a major presence at the event.

To support our preparation for Rotterdam, we have introduced a new training session on Friday nights - which means that the squad now has three sessions per week to train.  We've also strengthened our coaching resources to ensure that we continue to develop and meet the needs of all players within the squad.

London Orca is actively recruiting both experienced water polo players and people that are new to the game.  We are a mixed-gender squad so we welcome both men and women.  If you're interested in giving water polo a try, then check out the details on the website or get in touch.

You can also stay in touch with the latest news, gossip, fashion and fitness advice from the team via:

The Blog





What better way to shape up for summer than a bit of hard-core water polo!

Gay Games 2010 - Cologne, Germany Print


IMPORTANT: If you are a member of Out to Swim and you plan on attending the Gay Games (regardless of whether you have registered or not), please take a quick minute to fill out the Out to Swim online survey. It’s 9 multiple-choice questions and will take you less than 2 minutes. Your response is essential to help us get an idea of how many people from OTS are attending the Gay Games. This is important so we can prepare for the socials, team kit and coaches on deck at the Games. You can access the survey here.

Out to Swim will be making Gay Games VIII its competition focus for 2010. With an estimated 12,000 participants from 70 countries, Gay Games VIII promises to be the event of the year (except GLLAM of course) – so don’t miss out!

This page provides answers to some questions members of Out to Swim may have in the lead up to Gay Games. Be sure to check out the official Gay Games website for the most up-to-date information.


UPDATE! There is now a dedicated page for when you are in Cologne.


For further FAQ’s, visit the Gay Games FAQ page here. If you have any questions that aren’t answered below or on the main Gay Games website feel free to email Ian White, the OTS Gay Games organizer (log in to the members section of the website to find his detail under the Committee section).



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Last Updated on Sunday, 11 July 2010 20:34
Welcome to Out to Swim - one of the UK's largest masters swimming and water polo clubs Print



Out To Swim is a swimming, water polo and synchro club for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people and their friends. Straight men and women are also very welcome.

London swimmers train seven days a week with hour long coached sessions at six venues including pools in the West End, Victoria and London Bridge.  Out To Swim South trains three nights a week at pools in and around Brighton. On Thursday evening (at Oasis, 8pm) there is a women-only swimming session.  Water polo training in London takes place on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Synchro training is on Saturdays.

We encourage competition at national and international events and strive to create an environment in which LGBT men and women feel welcome and comfortable.



If you're interested in the swimming side of the club then to participate you'll need to be capable of swimming for an hour using at least two of the four recognised strokes: free-style (front crawl), back stroke, breast stroke and butterfly. We're organised into lanes according to speed. Our top lane swimmers (fast swimmers) would swim anything from 2.8k-3.4k in an hour depending on the type of swimming we do. The slower lanes will do slightly less. If you are unfit or relatively new to swimming then we would suggest you join the back of the slow lane - pace yourself with the aim of getting through the session. Within a few weeks you'll be up to speed.

Lessons for beginners and improvers takes place on Sundays and our coaches can help improve technique and performance in the regular sessions.

Swimmers come from far and wide and we have a system whereby you can join us to swim at special events as an out of town member, that way you can come with us to exciting swim competitions abroad.

To help you with your swimming we have prepared a couple of guidelines/documents:


Water Polo

Water polo training takes place in London on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Our competitive water polo team, London Orca, participates in London league matches as well as other national and international competitions.

The water polo squad contains players of all abilities and experience, although it's a tough sport so a basic level of swim fitness is required. Anyone wanting to try out water polo is very welcome to join us at one of our training sessions.


More information:

Our aims as a Club

To quote our Constitution, paragraph 1.2:

The aims of Out To Swim Swimming Club shall be the following:

  1. To promote participation in aquatic sports among lesbian women, gay men and friends of our community, including masters Swimming and Water polo, both of which are integral parts of the club;
  2. To provide an atmosphere where gay and non-gay athletes can practice together in mutual understanding and support;
  3. To provide an opportunity for athletes of all abilities to participate in organised practices and competitions in a team atmosphere and so to achieve their own goals in their aquatic sports and;
  4. Make visible the contribution of lesbian and gay people to all aspects of swimming/ aquatic sports and to oppose all forms of homophobia, sexism and racism in the sport.

Out To Swim Swimming Club is an equal opportunities club. Membership will not be restricted on grounds of gender, sexual orientation, race, disability, religion, HIV status or any other basis.


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