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Have a go at Outdoor Swimming for FREE at our Open Day (Sat 20th May)

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Have a go at Outdoor Swimming for FREE at our Open Day (Sat 20th May)

We are teaming up with our friends at Rotherham Sailing Club and Rotherham Model Yacht Club to hold a joint Open Day at Harthill Reservoir.  If you are new to swimming in Open Water and want to give it a try come along and we will provide a buddy swimmer to assist you on your first swim.  You need to be able to swim at least 100m in order to take part.  (children aged 9 to 16 may also participate but must be accompanied by an adult). You can also: Try sailing with one of Rotherham Sailing Club’s experienced instructors Learn about the...

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Get Ready for the Summer Season at YOS

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Get Ready for the Summer Season at YOS

The clocks go forward in a couple of weeks and it will be time to start our Summer season at YOS.  This year there will be a slight rise in our swim fees to £4 per session.  We hope to use the extra income from this to enable the club to develop and invest in equipment and events for members. We will be returning to our summer timetable and swimming sessions will be as follows: Tuesday Evenings (starting 28th March) – 6pm till 8pm Saturdays (starting 1st April) – 2pm till 4pm Winter timetable is still in effect until then with...

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YOS 3rd Birthday Spring Splash – Saturday 15th April 2017

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YOS 3rd Birthday Spring Splash – Saturday 15th April 2017

In April 2017, Yorkshire Outdoor Swimmers will be three years old.  The club has grown immensely since those first sessions and nearly 1400 people having swum with us at Harthill since. We’ve been privileged to host the world’s youngest ice miler, 16 year old Hazel Killingbeck, the world’s first butterfly ice miler, Pauline Barker and the fabulous lady with the most Ice Miles in the world, our own YOS champion Wendy Figures.  As well as the hundreds of swims and the many events we have held at Harthill, our members have...

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Winter Swimming Competitions

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Winter Swimming Competitions

For those of you interested in entering a winter swim event for the first time there are two winter swimming organisations and numerous events so I thought I’d do a quick list of some events in the UK.   10/11 December 2016  Big Chill Swim Low Wood Bay Marina, Lake Windermere. This is part of the International Winter Swimming Association events programme  (IWSA) This event is usually in Jan/Feb but the Marina is having work done next year so, it’s been brought forward for this season.  It probably won’t be as cold as we’d normally expect...

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Winter Swim Kit

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Winter Swim Kit

Swimming in cold water has proven health benefits including improving the immune system, a natural “high” feeling, improved circulation, burns calories. The Scandinavians have been doing it for years and they’re certainly a healthier bunch than we are! Recreational swimmers can enjoy all the health benefits without having to have a perfect technique.  That said, some of us like to race and some of us like the extreme challenges that the cold water provides. Whichever category you fit into, there are certain do’s and don’t’s that you should...

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The Seasons are Changing

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The Seasons are Changing

This week is our last Tuesday swim of the season and the last swim before our End of Summer Splash event on 1st October. There is no swim next Saturday (24th Sept) due to a sailing event. We hope as many of you as possible can join us for the End of Summer Splash, enter our races and especially take part in the fun 100m relay with inflatables. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK YOUR PLACE IN A RACE

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End of Summer Splash, 1st October 2016

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End of Summer Splash, 1st October 2016

As the summer season comes to a close and many YOS members are already planning their Winter training and Ice Mile attempts it is time to celebrate and this year we are proud to announce the first YOS End of Season Splash. There will be races to enter, wetsuits to try and buy from Blueseventy and TFN, pizza from the Sunshine Pizza Oven as well as a members swim session and end of season prizes to be awarded. Agenda 1pm – Open for registration 1.30pm – Under 16s 250m Race (enter here) 2.00pm – 1/2 Mile Race (enter here)...

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Join the YOS Committee

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Join the YOS Committee

The YOS committee needs a number of new members to help take the club forward and develop our activities. If you are interested in being part of this please send an email to info@yorkshireoutdoorswimmers.co.uk

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Hitting the Wall

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Hitting the Wall

Late 2015 I was invited to contribute a piece of theatre to an Open Door night at Birmingham Rep. I’m part of a collection of writers who do this on a regular basis, usually writing to to a theme, In this case the theme was “Walls”. Anything to do with walls. My mind went blank. Walls are very solid,very obstructive, very physical. This didn’t seem to be a good starting point for a play. Then someone mentioned runners “hitting the wall”, and I remembered a friend of a friend called Wayne Soutter, who swam the English Channel, and told me that...

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Wendy’s 12 Hour Swim

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Wendy’s 12 Hour Swim

I signed up for this swim a few months ago thinking it was a good idea. Roughly 1 month prior to the event, I realised it was not such a great idea and it was going to be tough.  12 hours of night swimming in a lake in May.  Open water swimming in May is usually 1 mile every couple of days – not 1 mile per hour all through the night. When it snowed at the end of April I think it safe to say we were all more than a bit concerned about this swim.  Sunday 1st May saw us swimming in 9 degrees.  I have some big swims planned this summer and...

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