Club Sessions

Club Sessions

During a normal club session we may set off from Shore Road and swim either towards Sandbanks or towards Bournemouth depending on tide and weather.

When swimming to Sandbanks it is not advisable to swim beyond the lifeguard hut as at certain tidal stages strong currents can be experienced pushing swimmers toward the entrance of Poole Harbour.

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Tuesdays

We meet at 6pm. On arrival swimmers register and take a numbered wristband. There’s a quick briefing at 6.15pm where we discuss weather and tides and make any announcements. We normally swim for just over an hour. Lifeguards in kayaks accompany our swimmers on a Tuesday session.

Swim Distances

(Approximate distances from Shore Road)

Sandbanks: 900m
Flaghead Chine: 450m
Canford Cliffs: 900m
Branksome Chine: 2000m
Branksome Dene: 2500m
Durley Chine: 3500m
Bournemouth Pier: 4500m

Hat Colours

You’ll probably notice swimmers wearing different coloured hats in club sessions:

Yellow Hats Orange Hats White Hats Yellow Hats

The majority of swimmers wear yellow hats and swim within the guidance of the briefing and are afforded safety cover by kayaks.

Orange Hats

Some experienced swimmers, especially those training for long distance events, may start their sessions early and swim further. They sign a disclaimer and are not afforded safety cover.

White Hats

Worn by swimmers doing a taster session.

Yellow Hats Orange Hats White Hats Yellow Hats

The majority of swimmers wear yellow hats and swim within the guidance of the briefing and are afforded safety cover by kayaks.

Orange Hats

Some experienced swimmers, especially those training for long distance events, may start their sessions early and swim further. They sign a disclaimer and are not afforded safety cover.

White Hats

Worn by swimmers doing a taster session.