Welcome to Goslings Swimmers
August 2017 update
The tall sunflowers stand guard over the Oasis pool in late summer, drawing the Goslings to swim in the velvety dusk. Come on down with your cozzie.....swim by the light of the harvest moon, and stars at our Thursday evening sessions.
Go Goslings !
The London gay swimming group Goslings, which has been operating a weekly swim at the Oasis heated outdoor pool, Covent Garden, for over 30 years, has been fully integrated as a Specialist Group within GOC since April 2012. (In fact, this is a homecoming to GOC as Goslings originally grew out of GOC back in the 1980s.)
Details of our weekly Thursday evening swim are on our events page, and are listed in the Regular Events page in OUTdoors.
Many of the Goslings also adjourn to the pub after the weekly swim.
To see how nice the Oasis pool is ( and pending any more exciting photos taken by the Goslings ) - go to the website of the Oasis centre, and use the virtual tour ( select outdoor pool ). http://www.better.org.uk/leisure/oasis-sports-centre/tour
Answers below to some other questions we're often asked :
We are non-competitive, and all levels of swimming ability are welcome, but Goslings does not provide swimming lessons. There is no need to book in advance.
The regular Goslings are (like GOC as a whole) predominantly gay male but women are equally welcome. Goslings have private hire of the pool for our session. Non-members of GOC can swim with us occasionally but must pay a higher rate, and after three swims should join GOC. We quite often have straight visitors who didn't realise that the pool closes to the public early that evening - we're happy to let them swim (at the higher rate) if they're relaxed about a gay swimming club.We often have two or three such visitors.
The pool has fast, medium and slow lanes - take your pick. In each lane people are swimming up and down, and there's often a chatty gathering at the shallow end ( where the warmer water comes in ). But the session is really for lane swimming, so unless there are very few people it's not practical just to splash around.
We do operate through almost all the year, though numbers dip in winter (and we close for a few weeks over Xmas and New Year) and rise in summer. The pool really is outdoors, but is reasonably heated.
Details of April 2017 price increases
Individual swim sessions will cost £6.00 for GOC members, £7.00 for non-member guests - our old prices were held for two years till end March 2017, but the new higher prices will apply from the beginning of April. (The price increase is the result of a very substantial price hike for our hire of the Oasis pool. ) For the GOC members' rate, remember to bring your GOC membership certificate. The annual season ticket will cost £120.