Membership Processing Meetings
Ad-hoc February to April
Volunteers are always needed to help with the membership renewal process which takes place in a committee member’s house. Groups of 4-6 members meet up to twice a week between February and the end of April for sessions of between 2 and 3 hours. Please contact Alison Laity, our administrator via the Contacts page if you can help. We have a lot of fun processing the cards as well as working hard!
Spring Working Parties
- Sunday 24th March 10am – 12noon
- Sunday 7th April 10am – 12noon
- Sunday 14th April 10am – 12noon
- Sunday 21st April 10am – 12noon
Come and help keep the Lake looking beautiful! No special skills are required, just a willingness to get involved. Wear warm working clothes and stout footwear⁄wellies. You can also swim from 12am to 12.30pm if you are so inclined. On Sunday 14th April we will put out the springboards, so we will need a good crowd of able-bodied people (also the Lake should have warmed up enough for a decent first swim of the year).
Lake Opens For Swimming
Saturday 27th April 11am
Hurray! The Lake opens for a new swimming season. The first swim of the year always feels cold, so get it over quickly! If you do it now, the water will feel like a warm bath by the time June comes! Come between 2.0pm and 3.30pm to meet up with old Lake friends and make new ones. We will supply free hot drink to chat over! Please bring a cake to share to make it even more special.
Triathlon and Open Water Competition Training Sessions
Starts Sunday 12th May 9.30am –11am
Circuit swimming for triathlon and open water competition swimmers, every Sunday through out the summer. Open to all members and their guests. Please note, the Lake will not be available for general swimming until 11.00am
RLSS Open Water Activity Supervisor Qualification
Saturday 1st June and Sunday 23rd June
We intend to hold the Royal Life Saving Society’s Open Water Activity Supervisor course at the Lake this summer. This qualification enables activity supervisors, school teachers and other group leaders who plan to do activities on or near water to learn important lifesaving skills and what to do in the case of an emergency. Minimum requirement for the course is that the trainee must be over 16 years of age and be able to swim a distance of 50m comfortably (back and front). The cost will be in the region of £60 (concessionary rate for under18’s etc £30) which includes all tuition, course materials, insurance, membership of the RLSS and assessment. The course will only be run if enough interest is shown. Please contact Alison Laity (Club Administrator) to express an interest or e mail us via the Contact page.
Friday Early Opening
Starts Friday 31st may 7.15am onwards
For the early birds amongst you. The Lake opens at 7.15am for swimming each Friday during June, July and August.
Midsummer tea and late opening
Saturday 22nd June
Have tea and cakes on the lawns, take part in the international plunge competition. Lake committee members will be present to discuss your ideas and concerns about the Lake.
June or July
We plan to hold a camping night again this year. Look out for notices at the Lake.
Sunday 7th July and Sunday 18th August (3pm to 5pm)
For two hours only, swimming members can swim up to the point in the angling end. Swim from 440m to 2000m or more. Every swimmer receives a certificate, free hot drink and chocolate bar. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Long swims start at 3.00pm, 3.30pm, 4.00pm and 4.30pm. Swimmers will be cleared from the angling end at 5.00pm. If you intend to do a long distance swim please start early.
Gloucester County Open Water Swimming Championship
Sunday 14th July 11am to 3pm
Teams from across Gloucestershire will be at the Lake to compete in the County Open Water Championship. There will be races for juniors, seniors and masters. Please note there will be no swimming for members between 11.00am and 2.15pm but we will be open early for members to swim before the event.
Diving Lessons (June, July and August)
We hope to arrange these popular lessons again this year. Please show your interest when renewing your subscriptions or contact Alison (Club Administrator) via the Contacts page.
Friday Early Opening Ends
Friday 3oth August 7.15am onwards
Last chance to swim early. Hot croissants and coffee or hot chocolate to finish?
Triathlon Training Sessions End
Sunday 22nd September 9.30am – 11am
Last chance to train. Circuit swimming for triathlon and open water competition swimmers, Open to all members and their guests. Please note, the Lake will not be available for general swimming until 11.00am
Swimming Season Ends
Sunday 29th September
Came and say your goodbyes to the Lake for another season. Free hot soup and snacks will be provided between 2pm and 5pm. Anyone swimming on the last day will be entered into the AGM prize draw.
Autumn Working Parties
Sunday mornings in October
Really an excuse to extend the swimming season. The water temperature can still be reasonable up to the end of October (after which the temperature plummets!). You can also help tidy up the Lake before the winter sets in. No special skills required just a willingness to get involved. Come in warm working cloths and stout footwear or wellies. Working parties will be between 10 and 12 and swimming between 12 and 12.30 on the following Dates.
- Sunday 6th October
- Sunday 13th October
- Sunday 20th October
- Sunday 27th October
Henleaze Swimming Club AGM
Not just the formal business of the Club but a chance to put forward your own ideas about the Club, stand for the committee or just have a drink and a chat with other members after the formal business has finished. Full details to be announce later in the year.
New Year’s Day Gathering
Wednesday 1st January 2014 12.00am – 1.00pm
Get out of the house after the seasonal debauchery! Dream about the summer to come and, if you are a little crazy, take a quick dip in what is likely to be extremely cold water. Hot drinks will be provided. Please note, only adult members (18 years old and over) will be allowed to swim.