• We believe in providing a safe, fun, accessible and inclusive LGBT swimming club in Manchester

    We’re members of the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA)
    and an accredited swim21 club, which is the ASA’s quality mark
    for clubs!

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LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS

IT’S MY FIRST TIME IN THE WATER

We all start somewhere, right.  Whether novice or Olympian, everyone’s welcome.  All you need for your first session is your swimwear, a towel, a pair of goggles, and water – to drinkOn your first visit, please try to arrive 15 minutes before the session start time. This is so that there is time to complete a brief registration form, for the club’s insurance and to introduce you to a few other members who will show you around and let you know what to expect poolside.

Your first session with Northern Wave is free and thereafter either £4.50 or for those earning less than the living wage, which is currently £8.25 per hour, £2.50. As a club run for its members by its members we trust that everyone pays what is appropriate to their circumstances.

Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) fees

We believe in the safety of our members and safeguarding of our club, so that it is always there as a safe, fun, accessible and inclusive LGBT swimming club.  One of the ways that we do this is by registering all members with the Amateur Swimming Association.  Primarily, this is so that both you and the club are insured should the unexpected happen.  Membership of the ASA is mandatory for all members of the club and is renewable annually (in January).

For 2017 the fee is £14.70.

Standing orders

We believe in Northern Wave being an accessible and inclusive LGBT swimming club in Manchester.  One of the ways that we do that is by offering our members a payment option by standing order.  So far, around half of regular members have chosen to pay in this way.  When you choose to pay in this way it has three main benefits:

  • You save at least £30 a year, compared to cash payments on the door.
  • By making a regular payment you help to secure the club’s future, by making a contribution even when you cannot be there.
  • Payment by standing order means that we avoid having cash in transit, likewise you don’t have to make any last-minute trips to the cash machine before each session.

To begin paying by standing order please contact treasurer@northernwave.org.  Please include in the email your name and which nights you wish to set up a standing order for.

SWIM TIMES

SESSION PRICING

Your first session with Northern Wave is free and thereafter either:

  • £4.50, or
  • £2.50 for those earning less than the living wage, which is currently £8.25 per hour.

As a club run for its members by its members we trust that everyone pays what is appropriate to their circumstances.

TUESDAY 20:00 – 21:00
Moss Side Leisure Centre, Moss Lane East, Moss Side, Manchester, M15 5NN

Located just behind ASDA Hulme, Moss Side Leisure Centre is home to our most popular swim session. The leisure centre is well serviced by public transport and has plenty of free parking, underneath the leisure centre, accessed from Moss Lane East.

On entering the leisure centre, go straight down to the reception desk and tell them that you’re there for Northern Wave Swimming Club. Reception will let you through the
barriers and you’ll find us just the other side of the barriers – at the end of the reception desk.

This leisure centre has multiple changing facilities with male and female group change, as well as communal unisex changing cubicles. The pool is accessed directly from the communal changing area. Lockers are refundable and take £1 coins, or similar tokens.

WEDNESDAY 20:00 – 21:00
(WOMEN’s SWIM)
Hough End Leisure Centre, 480 Princess Road, Manchester, M20 1HD

Our session at Hough End, one of Manchester’s newest leisure centres, is a women’s only session. The leisure centre is well serviced by public transport and has plenty of free parking, in front of the leisure centre, accessed from Princess Road.

On entering the leisure centre, turn to the left and you’ll find us at one of the tables in the vending machine area.

This leisure centre has a large changing area of communal unisex changing cubicles and showers. The pool is accessed directly from the communal changing area. Lockers are
refundable and take £1 coins, or similar tokens.

SUNDAY 19:30 – 20:30
Manchester Aquatics Centre, 2 Booth Street East, Manchester, M13 9SS

Located on the corner of Oxford Road and Booth Street East, Manchester Aquatics Centre is home to our 50m swim session.  The leisure centre is well serviced by public transport. Free parking is available on some of the streets around the leisure centre, or there is paid parking available in the multi-storey car park near to the end of Booth Street East before the junction with Upper Brook Street (A34).

On entering the leisure centre, tell reception that you’re there for Northern Wave Swimming Club. Reception will let you through the barriers. You then need to enter the main
swimming pool’s communal changing area and bear left, following the wall to the end where you will find a set of double doors leading to a stair case. Take the stairs down and pass
through the next 3 sets of double doors (one of which may be locked, please use the bell and reception will release the door).  You’ll find us just at the end of the swimming pool.

This leisure centre has multiple changing facilities with male and female group change located downstairs (next to where we swim), as well as communal unisex changing cubicles (upstairs next to the centre’s main pool). Lockers are refundable and take £1 coins, or similar tokens.

FUN AND GAMES TOO…

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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Oxford Road Closures

Between Monday 13th February and Friday 17th March there will be closures and restrictions in place on Oxford Road between Booth Street and Whitworth Street.

From Monday 13th February to Friday 17th March, Oxford Road will be closed between Booth Street and Charles Street. One-way running for inbound traffic between Charles Street and Whitworth Street will be in place until Saturday 25th February. The Booth Street and Charles Street junctions are not affected by this closure and will remain open to east west traffic.

From Sunday 25th February to Monday 6th March the closure of Oxford Road will be extended to Whitworth Street and there will be weekend junction closures at Charles Street and Hulme Street.

From Monday 13th February the next section of the bus priority restrictions restrictions will be introduced. The current restrictions, which require drivers to turn right at Hathersage Road, will then extend as far as Booth Street and operate in both directions.
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Summer Swim Camp 2017

August 4, 2017, 6:30pm - August 6, 2017, 1:00pm

Always a popular event. Open to members of all swimming ability. * 2 NIGHTS BED & BREAKFAST * SANDWICH SUPPER (FRIDAY) * SANDWICH LUNCH (SATURDAY) * 3 COURSE DINNER (SATURDAY) * PARTY & PRIZES * 5 SW...

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Dear All

At last years' AGM, we consulted with members at the meeting about how they would like the committee to engage with them over our Sunday sessions, which continue to make a heavy loss for the club. At the time, we agreed to wait and see what the effect of pricing changes, standing orders and changing the session to an hour would have. Having given that time to bed in, alongside a few workshop sessions on the short-course Sundays, we have seen the losses reduce slightly. However, as you can see from the charts, we are far from simply covering the costs of the session.

Therefore, we would like to consult with members over the next couple of months and agree a way forward. As a committee, we feel that there are a couple of options, which I have listed below. Please feel free to comment below if you believe there are other options that should be explored.

1. Do nothing. Continue to subsidise the session from Tuesday and Wednesday's takings. This does and would prevent us from generating funds for other Northern Wave events, such as summer swim camp and pool party, etc.

2. Ask GLL for a cheaper venue. We know that there is significant competition for pool time. Therefore, this may not yield similar timing, or necessarily same day, as we have now.

3. Move to Salford University. Sessions would start earlier, at 15:30. At this session we also have access to the sauna and jacuzzi. However, should anything happen to Salford University's pool we may struggle to secure time at another pool.

4. Seek sponsorship for the sessions in return for poolside advertising. This will need members, other than those on the committee, to volunteer their time and contacts to secure sponsors. We will also have to check the viability of this with GLL.

Consultation with members will take place on the following dates:
Tuesday, 14 March at The Molly House after our swim session (~21:30)
Wednesday, 15 March at The Nip & Tipple after our swim session (~21:30)
Friday, 17 March at The LGBT Foundation after our committee meeting (~19:30)
Sunday, 19 March at The Molly House after our swim session (~21:00)

After these sessions, with members, we will work on the way forward with a decision to be taken at our AGM on Friday, 19 May (18:30 for a 19:00 start). Please feel free to contact any member of the committee to discuss this further, or email me on chair@northernwave.org.
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I didnot know swim session tonight was canceled.
Thanks

Have a great week .
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