Welcome to Goslings Swimmers
November 2017 update
Autumn slips into winter but the Oasis pool is still warm and inviting, drawing the hardy Goslings to swim in the bracing night. Come on down with your cozzie.....shake off the seasonal cabin fever from being stuck indoors all day, and swim by the light of the winter moon and stars at our Thursday evening sessions. Can even warm up first in the poolside sauna if you like. Goslings weekly swim will continue till 7 December 2017, then we will close for four weeks, and start again on Thursday 11 January 2018.
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 ) - see the official picture on the Oasis website, or you can use their virtual tour to look round the whole centre.
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.