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Booking system update

Last week we began using our new online booking system for registration and payment for swimming sessions.  Coincidentally, we have recently observed a spike in attendance on Monday and Wednesday nights prompting the committee and coaches to consider the swimming safety of members.

Twelve swimmers per lane is typically the maximum capacity to support a safe and enjoyable session in long course season and seven during short course season.  With our lane allocation at Sydney University limited to three lanes, this means that the safe session capacity is 36 swimmers for long course and 40 for short course (commencing after the long course championships later this month).

As a result of the increased attendance at our sessions, for the safety and enjoyment of members, we are implementing the following:

  • all sessions will have an attendance cap, identified for each session via the new online booking system. This means that all swimmers must register prior to their intended session (subject to capacity).  Only swimmers with a booking (which can be made right up until the session starts, again subject to capacity) will be permitted to train at any given session,

  • from Tuesday 7 May two lanes have been booked at Cook & Phillip Pool from 7:30pm to 8:30pm to provide an additional training option.  This will be a trial throughout the month of May with the option to extend should it prove popular,

  • a request has been made to Sydney University to increase our lane allocation but for the time being they are giving priority to their own squad. 

It is hoped that by introducing swimming training on Tuesday night that numbers will spread more evenly across the week.  We do recognise that limiting numbers at each session is not popular with everyone however the safety of our members is paramount and these changes will also ensure that our coaches are able to provide better support during your training sessions. 

Please note that Queer Camp, our Tuesday night land training sessions, will be continuing throughout May, too - so you now have the choice between swimming or sweating it out in Sydney Park!  Contact Susie for registration and pricing details.

As always, I welcome your feedback about this change and any other aspect of club life.  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly, either via email or on the pool deck, if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Happy swimming,

Robert

PS – to get 25% off swims between now and 31 May, use the code MAY25 in the booking system

About the booking system:

  • You can book up to 10 days in advance, and right up until the scheduled start time of the session

  • Bookings can be rescheduled up to 30 minutes before a session begins with no financial penalty (refunds are not supported)

  • You can add the details of your session to your diary instantly

  • Create a profile and securely store your details, allowing you to book in just a few clicks of your mouse (or taps on your smart phone)

  • Bookmark www.wettones.org/training so you can easily access the site

Make a booking today!

Train with Wett Ones!

Sydney Uni:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday - 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Sunday - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Cook and Phillip:
Tuesday - 7:30pm to 8:30pm (from 7/5/19)

Victoria Park:
Thursday - 6:00am to 7:00am

Andrew 'Boy' Charlton:
Saturday - 10:00am to 11:00am (until 27/4/19)

Queer Camp (Sydney Park):
Tuesday - 7:00pm = 8:00pm

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Light in the Water - Opening remarks

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Light in the Water - Opening remarks

Wett Ones was the proud presenting partner for the Australian premiere of Light in the Water as part of the Queer Screen Mardi Gras Film Festival 2019.

About Light in the Water:

This inspiring, crowd-pleasing documentary lovingly recounts the origins of the West Hollywood Aquatic Club, or WH20. In 1982, a small team of dedicated non-professional swimmers began training for the inaugural Gay Games in San Francisco, creating a legacy of equality and inclusion that endures to this day. Using archival footage and extensive interviews, director Lis Bartlett paints an inspiring portrait of a tight-knit group of LGBTQ men and women who fought against homophobia in sport.

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December Lane Rope: Monthly Presidents Update

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December Lane Rope: Monthly Presidents Update

What a year it has been!
 
I want to thank each and every member of the Wett Ones family for making 2018 one of our biggest and best yet.  With 50 new members this calendar year, our second placing in the Masters NSW tally and more swimmers swimming every week, it is indeed an exciting time to be the President of this great club.

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Wett Ones 2019 Membership Now Available!

Wett Ones 2019 memberships now available

If you think 2018 has been a big year at Wett Ones, just wait to see what we have in store for 2019!  

Annual memberships for Wett Ones LGBT+ Swimming Club Inc, provided by Masters Swimming Australia, are now available for renewal.  Read on below to find out how you can re-join Sydney’s most gay and lesbian swimming club for another exciting year in and out of the pool...

We look forward to your renewed membership, participation and enthusiasm for a massive 2019!

Key contacts for 2019

Registrar Evan Morris (registrar@wettones.org) can help you with any questions you have related to your membership and entering swim meets. Whether you are renewing, you are a new member or have been a member in the past, Evan is here to help you.

Female Rep Susie Purcell (women@wettones.org) and Male Rep Charlie Edwards (men@wettones.org) are both available for anything club related and they are the best people to contact if you would like to raise something with the committee.

from left to right: Evan, Susie and Charlie.

from left to right: Evan, Susie and Charlie.

Benefits of Membership

  • Membership with Masters Swimming Australia

  • Access to competitions in Australia and internationally

  • Insurance that covers you and the club

  • Access to nine swimming sessions each week with some of the lowest rates in Sydney

  • Access to a team of qualified coaches

  • Regular masterclasses and stroke correction clinics

  • Exclusive Speedo offers and 30% off Speedo performance swimwear

  • Exclusive access to our members-only Facebook group (non financial members will lose access at the end of Jan 2019)

How to Join

Membership Fees:
- $130 for a standard member
- $85 for youth (25 and under)
- $85 concession (please contact Evan for approval before using this option)

Steps to Register:
1. Visit the Masters Swimming Australia Membership Portal
2. Choose your option of either New Member or Renewal
3. If you are renewing login using your existing username and password. We can no longer look this up for you. Please check your email or use the forgot password option to retrieve your details.
4. Choose NSW as your state and if you need it our club code is NWO
5. Payment can be made by PayPal or Credit Card

What’s happening in 2019

On our website you can find a full schedule of social events and competitions that we are focusing on; the key highlights here are listed below:

19 Jan - Campbelltown Pointscore Swim meet (first swim meet of the year)
26 Jan - Soaking Wett Australia Day Boat cruise (and the Facebook event)
17 Feb - Mardi Gras Fair Day
2 Mar - Mardi Gras Parade
6 Apr - Wett Ones Pointscore Swim meet
27-28 Apr - State Long Course Championships (SOPAC)
11 May - Wett Ones Half Halloween fancy dress party
25 May - Ettalong Pointscore Swim meet weekend
14 July - NSW Relay meet
12-13 Oct - NSW State Short Course Championships (Woy Woy)

The club is also working towards 2 big events in the future:
Feb/Mar 2020 - IGLA Melbourne
Nov 2022 - Gay Games in Hong Kong

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Wett Ones Women's Update

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Wett Ones Women's Update

I'm Susie the returning Female Rep for all of our women members (right in the pic below with Coach Janet on the left). We're super keen as a club to build on our female member base and ensure our women members feel supported amongst what is sometimes a sea of fellas! Albeit a lovely bunch of fellas that they are.

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November Lane Rope: Monthly Presidents Update

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November Lane Rope: Monthly Presidents Update

Your new Wett Ones committee met for the first time on Monday to discuss plans for the coming year. The Committee typically meets on the second Monday of each month and it is my intention to provide you with an update following these meetings to keep you informed on the goings on of our club.

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Morning Sessions Start on Monday 5 November 2018

Wett Ones Morning Training Sessions

We are expanding the number of swimming sessions we offer each week to 9 with the addition of 2 weekday morning sessions at Victoria Park Pool.

Starting on the 5th of November, these sessions will run every Monday and Thursday morning from 6am to 7am. Monday will be coached by Peter and Thursday will be coached by Janet, see below for more details.

We will have 2 lanes available and these sessions will be targeted at swimmers who usually train in lanes 6 and 7 (intermediate and advanced) with a focus on fitness. If you are unsure about attending please check with one of the coaches.

Starts: Monday, 5 November, 2018

Days: Monday and Thursday

Time: 6am to 7am

Where: Victoria Park Pool, City Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050

Pool Entry Fee: $5 (mention you are with Wett Ones, they also take the 360 pass)

Coaching Fee: $5.50 (tap and pay, card only)

Victoria Park Pool will soon be the host for Wett Ones morning training sessions.

Victoria Park Pool will soon be the host for Wett Ones morning training sessions.

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Fair Day is approaching, and we need your help

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Fair Day is approaching, and we need your help

Fair Day is one of the highlights of the Mardi Gras calendar.

It's always a great day out, when our community comes out in force to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.  It's also an opportunity for us to promote the club and our upcoming events. 

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Raymond Terrace Meet Results

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Raymond Terrace Meet Results

On Sunday the 14th on January, four Wett Ones travelled to Raymond Terrace for the first NSW Masters Swim Meet of 2018 – Rylee, Dan and David competing and Peter officiating on pool deck.

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Let's Get Racing

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Let's Get Racing

In August this year, the Wett Ones are travelling to Paris to compete in the Gay Games. Not only will it be important for those competing to keep up regular attendance at training, but to also get in plenty of race practice in the lead up.

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