Yes. Everyone must sign a waiver to join our swims. This helps reduce the liability for you, your fellow members, and the club!
There may be other events that are open to anyone, and they will be marked in the calendar accordingly.
No. Pre-registration is generally required for group swims, and you will need an active membership to sign up.
We wouldn't want to lose your info, payment, or waiver if you hand it to us in person at the beach so best to do it all online where it will be kept safe and confidential!
No. There are no lifeguards or coaches at the club swims. Swimming wild is an amazing experience but it's not without risk.
There will be a Swim Lead at each swim who will:
- Lead a safety briefing and discuss the swim course
- Facilitate the sign-in and sign-out procedure to ensure that all swimmers make it out of the water safely
- Assist in assigning "buddys" so no swimmer is swimming alone
- Be trained in first aid and bring the first aid kit (including emergency blankets)
It is the responsibility of each swimmer to:
- Swim within their own abilities
- Swim with a buddy, and check in regularly to see how the other is doing
- Carry a whistle. If anything happens, you can signal for help
- Wear a brightly-coloured swim cap (such as our SWS member cap!) so you are easy to spot
There are always opportunities to learn new swimming techniques! If you have any questions, please ask the Swim Lead and they will be happy to help!
Expect to have fun, meet new people, and Swim Wild!
Please arrive on time to the swim. Allow yourself a few minutes to park, get ready, and sign in. A volunteer Swim Lead will meet you at the meeting location to make sure that you are registered and signed in for the swim. Before we jump into the water, the Swim Lead will run through a safety briefing to identify potential hazards, run through the swim course, remind you of the sign-out procedure, and answer any questions from the group.
The Swim Lead will work with swimmers to ensure they have a "buddy" to swim with.
It is mandatory for all swimmers to have:
- A brightly-coloured swim cap (such as our SWS member cap!) so you are easy to spot
- A whistle. If anything happens, you can signal for help
Additional gear that you may find helpful:
- A wetsuit (optional)
- Goggles and ear plugs (optional)
- A brightly-coloured tow float (recommended)
Once you get out of the water, you might want:
- A large towel or two
- A mat or extra towel for standing on while getting changed
- A dry-robe, towel-robe, or just a big towel for getting changed under
- Water shoes, crocs, or flip flops
- A warm drink