Wild swimming is free! We totally appreciate that.
Liability insurance is our biggest expense at the moment, and it covers both the club and its members for up to $2 million.
We hope that if the club grows, we can also use these membership fees for things like special events, club gear, and other member benefits.
Yes. Our insurance only covers members for swims.
There may be other events that are open to anyone, and they will be marked in the calendar accordingly.
We want to create equitable opportunities to participate in wild swimming. We do have expenses to cover, so we decided to allow individuals to pay different prices depending on their financial circumstance.
No one will be turned away for lack of funds, and folks with expendable income are encouraged to contribute a higher amount to help others participate as well.
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!
Your swim cap can be collected when you show up for your first swim.
Other non-material things like your digital Shark Card for Team Aquatic Supplies will be emailed to you at the address you provided when you signed up.
For Summer 2021 there will be two club swims per week:
- Our Tuesday evening lake swim, 6:15pm at Alice Lake
- Our Saturday morning ocean swim, 7:45am at Nexen Beach
Additional swim times and locations for Fall and Winter will be announced closer to the end of the summer.
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
Our COVID-19 protocols will be updated according to the latest public health order and best practices available at the time of the event. We will do our best to update the individual event pages in the calendar accordingly. Any specific COVID-19 protocols will also be covered by the Swim Lead during the safety briefing before each swim.
In general, please following these guidelines:
- bring a non-medical mask or face covering to each swim to wear during sign-in and the safety briefing
- maintain 3m distance with other swimmers who are outside of your household
- stay home if you are feeling ill, have been in contact with anyone who has been ill, or have been told to self-isolate