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Northern Wave Swimming Club is one of the most established and successful lesbian and gay sports clubs in Europe. Most people come along to improve their swimming and socialise, though we do cater for those who want to take part in higher level masters competitions. A diverse and friendly community of people, Northern Wave succeeds in being more than just a swim club, it offers an affordable healthy addition to any lifestyle, with many opportunities to get involved! New members can be assured of a friendly welcome. All you need do is turn up at a Northern Wave welcome desk and say hello. That’s all it takes!

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The club is for the Lesbian and Gay community and friends in the Greater Manchester area and beyond. It attracts a broad cross section of people from across much of the North West. The club provides a safe environment with a broad appeal to many people who would not other wise socialise together and people who do not like the Gay Scene, while encouraging healthy lifestyles. Successfully bringing together people in common interest – for many it’s the first time they’ve ever taken part!

Northern Wave SC is a member of the ASA (Amateur Swimming Association), GLISA (Gay and Lesbian International Sports Association), EGLSF (European Gay and Lesbian Sports Federation), IGLA (International Gay & Lesbian Aquatics) and we are affiliated to Swim North West. We are also a Swim 21 accredited swimming club meaning we follow best practice. We are open to everyone.

SWIM TIMES

TUESDAY

TIME
8 – 9pm

PRICES
Door Price: £4.50 / session
Standing Order: £15 / month

Concession — door price is £2.50 / session or £7.50 / month via standing order.

LOCATION
Moss Side Leisure Centre, M15 5NN

For all levels of ability, from beginners and improvers through to masters. A friendly bunch with regular social events, great coaching, overseas trips and a nice atmosphere. The sky’s the limit!

WEDNESDAY (WOMEN’s SWIM)

TIME
8 – 9pm

PRICES
Door Price: £4.50 / session
Standing Order: £15 / month

Concession — door price is £2.50 / session or £7.50 / month via standing order.

LOCATION
Hough End Leisure Centre, M20 1HD

A thriving and friendly group of women from many backgrounds, resulting in a welcoming social scene. Women’s sessions cater for swimmers of all abilities – beginners, improvers, social swimmers and competitors. So join us to improve your fitness at your own pace in a friendly and supportive environment.

SUNDAY

TIME
7.30 – 8.30pm

PRICES
Door Price: £4.50 / session
Standing Order: £15 / month

Concession — door price is £2.50 / session or £7.50 / month via standing order.

LOCATION
Manchester Aquatics Centre, M13 9SS

A great night of the week to get a good swim and some excellent coaching support. Held in the 50m training pool, this session caters for a range of abilities – from recreational swimmers through to high performance and competition preparation. You’ll meet a different crowd on the Sunday session and a social drink in the Gay Village often follows. Come along and give it a try!

COMMITTEE

David Harmes

David Harmes

Chair
Chris Varden

Chris Varden

Secretary
Donald Vaughan

Donald Vaughan

Treasurer
Sinead Murphy

Sinead Murphy

Women’s Officer
Jess Nichols

Jess Nichols

Welfare Officer
Hana Kubacova

Hana Kubacova

Welfare Officer
Neil McLaughlin

Neil McLaughlin

Social Rep
Lucie Brione

Lucie Brione

Women’s Social Rep
Joana Calado

Joana Calado

Webmaster

COACHING TEAM

Edwin Lace

Edwin Lace

Swimming Coach
Joana Calado

Joana Calado

Swimming Coach
Hayley-Jane Sims

Hayley-Jane Sims

Swimming Coach
Hana Kubacova

Hana Kubacova

Swimming Coach
Sarah Wright

Sarah Wright

Synchronized Swimming Coach

TBC

Gill Wright

Gill Wright

Swimming Teacher

TBC

TESTIMONIALS

Chris Varden

No other swim club coaches bring (great!) cake so frequently to swim sessions! Plus the coaching isn’t too bad either :-)

Chris VardenMember since 2015
Peter Jennings

I have been going to Northern Wave for 16 years and I still look forward to every session. It is such a friendly, warm and welcoming place to go.

The coaches are amazing and highly motivational. They ensure everyone gets the most out of their session. The swimming sets are always varied and the coaches are always willing to teach new techniques.

The club is a massive part of my social life. It is such a good place for meeting new people and making great friends. There are so many different social events organised ranging from cinema nights right through to competing in tournaments across Europe.

Peter JenningsMember since 1999
Becky

As a member of the Northern Wave Swimming Club I really wanted to improve my dives and tumble turns to help me shave off vital seconds in competitive swims hosted by the ASA.

The workshops provided by Northern Wave have certainly helped me do this. As a novice to tumble turns the first workshop was held in September this focused on breaking down the turn into its component parts, the use of a noodle in the water really helped! Once we had all mastered how to do a somersault in the water, we then had to approach the wall, this helped to gain confidence and know when to turn and push off from the wall.

The second workshop was held a few weeks later in October. This meant we had time to implement the techniques that the coach had provided us with in our local pools. It is fair to say that it does take a while to perfect the perfect tumble turn, however, once the body muscles know what their supposed to do and the mind overcomes the fear of hitting the wall it all works out! The workshops also focused on another critical area for swimmers – the dive.

As someone who cannot really dive this was a massive challenge, the coaches have been great and supportive. Again breaking down the dive into its component parts has helped with understanding what to do and when. It is going to take more practice, however the coaches at Northern Wave have a very supportive and understanding approach to both these areas.

I would encourage anyone to come along to the workshops and go from zero to hero with dives and turns or simply improve their current techniques

BeckyMember since 2012

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Email us at info@northernwave.org or one of our committee members.

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Hello! Just wondering if anyone wants to buy our pride wristbands, as we had to buy weekend ones yesterday, as they'd sold out of Saturday day tickets. Think a day one is about £18 each, so if you wanted ours for £10 each, we could drop them off with you sometime today or tomorrow, as we're not going in again. We've managed to slip them off our wrists without cutting them. 😊 x ... See MoreSee Less

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