2015 EDOWSC Open Water Swimming Season approaches

Details of our new openwater swimming season at Shore Road, Poole:

Swims at Shore Road
The Club’s first swim is planned for Tuesday 14 April at the changing rooms at Shore Road. Please arrive at 6pm so that we can get in the water as soon as possible. Due to the restricted daylight it is hoped to start the swim at 6.15pm. Sunday swims will start on Sunday 3 May with the usual arrive at 6pm for a 6.30pm swim.

Swimmer Registration Duties
Gerry Griffin, Membership Secretary of EDOWSC, will not be available to do the registration this year so it has been decided to have two volunteers doing the registration of swimmers. One will be an experienced Club member with registration experience and the other will be a fellow Club member with or without registration experience. There will be a volunteer sheet for you to pop your name and availability on! It is your Club and it can only continue to operate if members volunteer to help as required.

Shore Road Facilities
Gerry has been told that the changing rooms have been decorated during the winter so, hopefully, they will be more welcoming. It is hoped that some further works will also be done to make the changing rooms even more functional.

Seahorse Preservation
You are probably aware that EDOWSC organises the Seahorse Swim in Studland bay each summer. As part of this event EDOWSC makes a financial contribution to the Seahorse Trust who support research into the life and habitat of Seahorses and also try to maintain Seahorse colonies. Studland is one of the few places where seahorse colonies exist and it is under severe threat from boat anchorage.

The Trust has requested that part of Studland Bay be declared a Marine Conservation Zone. Defra (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) are hesitating in supporting this MCZ. It is important that local people and users of the area make their opinions known. Below is a message and links from Dorset Wildlife Trust.

Please take a moment to consider their request for help. Some of you will know the sender (Julie Hatcher) as she used to man the Shore Road Beach Office a few years ago.
From: Dorset Wildlife Trust [admin@dorsetwildlifetrust.org.uk]
Sent: 10 March 2015 15:25
To: Julie Hatcher
Subject: Urgent action for Studland Bay needed – Dorset Wildlife Trust

We need your help

If you have not yet responded to Defra’s Marine Conservation Zone consultation, we would urge you to do so before the 24th April when the consultation ends. Please use the Studland Bay Vision for people and nature booklet for ideas about the arguments you could include in your response.

If you have already responded – thank you. Please urge your friends and family to
do the same. Sending your email is easy – click here .

Finally, we have updated our Studland Bay webpage and will use this to keep you up to date as our campaign progresses after the consultation.

Yours sincerely

Julie Hatcher

Marine Awareness Officer