WHY DO WE RUN TASTER SESSION’S
Even if you are a seasoned or experienced open water swimmer (and you know a current member who can vouch for you) we have a duty of care to look after you and to ensure you are aware of the local hazards associated with swimming at our location. Therefore, you will still need to book a Taster Session, just let us know you are experienced in open water swimming, we can then include you in the short dry land based session, where we run through some local hazards and explains the club rules along with explaining how the club operates to ensure all swimmers that go into the water are accounted for at the end of the session.
If you are less confident in the open water and want to give it a go, then the second part of the Taster Session is water based and we take you into the water with our Taster Leaders, where we will provide expert advice on how to swim in the open water, along with going through some basic self rescue techniques.
The Taster Session booking, allows you to attend up to 3 taster sessions, where you can be looked after, and build up your confidence, should you require it, before having to join our full membership. After you successfully complete your First Taster session and assuming that you want to continue swimming with us, then you just need to complete our Club Membership Form and pay the Membership Fee
THE TASTER SESSION IS IN TWO PARTS:
- Dry Land based session (approx 20 minutes)
talking about local hazards, weather forecasts, tides, as well as club rules and how we operate to provide as safe place to swim and enjoy the sea.
- Water based session (approx 40minutes)
practical sea swim session, keeping the group together, building confidence in sea swimming, controlling breathing, looking out for others, sighting, the three stages of self rescue, swimming techniques to be more efficient in the water
DATES AND TIMES OF TASTER SESSIONS:
Taster Sessions take place on Tuesday Evenings, starting at approx 18:25hrs, just after the main group of EDOWSC swimmers set off for their swim. We ask that you turn up 10 minutes or so beforehand ready to swim, but keep some warm clothes on. Once the main club swimmers have their safety brief and are sent out to swim we will then be able to meet and engage with all those taking part in the Taster Session.
We offer six taster session as follows:
3RD TUES MAY @at 18:25
1ST TUES OF JUNE @at 18:25
3RD TUES OF JUNE @at 18:25
1ST TUES OF JULY @at 18:25
3RD TUES OF JULY @at 18:25
1ST TUES OF AUGUST @at 18:25
TASTER SESSION FEE:
We do make a small charge of £5 which goes towards the hire of changing rooms, insurance and of course post swim hot drinks and biscuits.
TASTER SESSION DEADLINES FOR BOOKING
Taster sessions must be booked by the Sunday prior to the Tuesday swim.
For the club to run the taster sessions, we have to for our experienced / qualified Open Water Swimming Coaches, who are also club members, to provide pre-swim briefing, in the water guidance and generally ensure our new swimmers have a safe open water experience.
It is worth noting that these Taster Leaders give up their Tuesday evening swim to take these taster Sessions, so be nice to them 🙂